Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

  • 1801 S. Indiana Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Sarah Unz
  • Park Phone: (312) 328-0821
 

Located in the Near South Side Community, locally known as the South Loop, Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens totals [2.51] acres and formerly housed the Vietnam Veterans Museum.

The Clarke House Museum sits adjacent to the gardens. Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, it is Chicago’s oldest house. Over the years, the house survived fires, belonged to a church, and was moved twice – during the second move, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks. The house is now located in the Chicago Women’s Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and operated as a museum by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The recreation building is a B-3 field house facility and features an indoor children’s playground and meeting room facilities.  Visitors will also enjoy the recently renovated second and third floor space that features three new fitness studios, club room, staff office, restrooms and lockers and on the 3rd floor, Kids Science Labs.  Kids Science Labs (KSL) offers hands-on science classes, birthday parties, summer camps, and field trips for kids ages 2-12.   Outside, the park offers a passive garden. Part of the spaces available for rental for children’s birthday parties and meetings.

Park-goers can enjoy mom, tots and pop classes or play bridge or take yoga classes at the facility. In the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps include pre-school activities. In addition, 

In addition to programs, Chicago Women’s Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Parents Night Out and Concerts in the Park.

Opened to the public in 2000, Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens honors the contributions that women have made to the city throughout its history. The park provides a quite respite in the Near South Side community area. It is located within the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and nestled between two house museums— the Widow Clarke House and the Glessner House. The park’s field house includes an indoor playground, two clubrooms, a café, and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Art Museum, which operates out of the third floor of the building. In 2011, the Chicago Park District installed a relatively small, but extremely significant monument in the park in homage to Jane Addams (1860 – 1935), Chicago’s famous social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeios (1911 – 2010) created the artwork, which was first dedicated on the city’s lakefront in 1996. The sculpture was commissioned by the B.F. Ferguson Fund of the Art Institute of Chicago. Representatives of the Art Institute selected Bourgeios because they knew that the surrealist artist would portray Jane Addams through a symbolically powerful artwork rather than a depictive figurative sculpture. Bourgeios produced a series of carved granite hands that sit on rough-hewn granite bases. The monument, which is also known as “Helping Hands,” recognizes the humanity of Addams’ efforts, as well as the large number of people she helped. Speaking about her work in a 2007 PBS Documentary film entitled “From Art in the 21stCentury” Louise Bourgeois said, “A work of art does not have to be explained… If you do not have any feeling about this, I cannot explain it to you. If this doesn't’t touch you, I have failed.” The work entails six rough hewn stone bases which each support a hand or series of carved black granite hands representing a broad range of people of different ages and backgrounds. The current installation reflects the artist’s original arrangement of the sculptures and their positions. Describing the significance of the artist and her approach to this project, Michael Darling, a Chief Curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art explains: “Louise Bourgeois is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20thand 21stcentury, primarily because she has addressed central aspects of the human condition in her work. Channeling the issues raised during her tumultuous childhood, she has focused her work on ideas about inter-personal communication, nurturing, alienation, belonging, motherhood, sensuality, birth and death, among many other themes. This sculpture is an excellent example of how she suggests these concepts in a truly universal form—through the motif of the human hand.”

History

Landscape architect Mimi McKay and architect Tannys Langdon designed Chicago Women’s Park and Garden, which opened to the public in 2000. The small scale of the park and its lushly planted borders enhance the space’s contemplative feeling. The centerpiece of the design is the Botanical Gardens Fountain with a copper-coated cast iron basin created by Robinson Iron of Alexander City, Alabama.A winding path along the perimeter of the site serves as a metaphor of a woman as she moves in and out of traditional boundaries and roles through the course of her life.

For additional information please visit, http://www.clarkehousemuseum.org

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands (1)

Location Notes: Just north of Widow Clarke House

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Chicago Women's Park and Garden Community Garden

Chicago Women's Park and Garden Community Garden

Location Notes: 1801 S. Indiana

Notes: Community Garden

Chicago Women's Park & Gardens - Spoke & Byrd

Chicago Women's Park & Gardens - Spoke & Byrd

Location: 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (312) 842-4210

Notes:

http://www.spokeandbird.com

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens

Location Notes: 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

Hours: , ,

Chicago Women's Park & Gardens Fitness Studio

Chicago Women's Park & Gardens Fitness Studio

Location Notes: 1801 S. Indiana Ave.

Notes: All three fitness studios on the second floor featured mirrored walls.

Chicago Women's Indoor Playground

Chicago Women's Indoor Playground

Hours: , ,

Descriptors: Indoor

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Chicago Women's 184772InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$36.00
Archery at Chicago Women's 184773InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 165082InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 165083InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$52.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 165085InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$52.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 184732InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 14:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$52.00
Ballet - Beginner at Chicago Women's 165084InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$52.00
Ballet Conditioning at Chicago Women's 165113InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/09/19 22:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$32.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 184760InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 165397InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$52.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 184734InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$52.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 165398InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 20:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Bitty Basketball at Chicago Women's 165399InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$52.00
Bridge Club at Chicago Women's 184736OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Bridge Club at Chicago Women's 165498OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2016/08/26 18:00From August 26, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$12.00
Children's Theater at Chicago Women's 165587InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 19:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$52.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 165692InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$52.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 165693InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$52.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 184738InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$36.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Chicago Women's 184741InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$52.00
Dance - Tap at Chicago Women's 184742InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 15:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$52.00
Dance - Tap at Chicago Women's 184745InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$52.00
Dance - Tap at Chicago Women's 184746InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$52.00
Dino Diggers at Chicago Women's 165756InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 20:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 165897InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 165898InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Floor Hockey at Chicago Women's 165965InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$52.00
Floor Hockey at Chicago Women's 166959InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$52.00
Improvisation at Chicago Women's 184783InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$36.00
Improvisation at Chicago Women's 165588InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$52.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 166601InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Kickboxing at Chicago Women's 166602InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Chgo Women's 166623InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 13:30From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10:30am
$228.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Chgo Women's 166624InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$344.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spr at Chgo Women's 166641Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 13:30From September 19, 2016 to June 9, 2017$684.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spr at Chgo Women's 166642Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to June 9, 2017$1,032
KidzEnergy at Chicago Women's 166693InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$11.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 166923InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$52.00
Little Artists at Chicago Women's 166924InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/22 20:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Chicago Women's 166975InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/26 16:30From September 26, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$52.00
Mighty Munchkins at Chicago Women's 166976InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$11.00
Mighty Munchkins at Chicago Women's 185312InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Mom and Baby Fitness at Chicago Women's 166989InstructionWellness - FitnessLess than 11m Coed2016/09/19 16:15From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$18.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Chicago Women's 166992InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/09/21 16:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$14.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Chicago Women's 166998InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 167017InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2016/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$52.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 167018InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 14:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$52.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 167019InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$52.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 167020InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2016/09/21 13:45From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$52.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 184751InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2016/09/21 16:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$52.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Chicago Women's 184752InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$52.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 167031InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$62.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Chicago Women's 167032InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$62.00
Musical Theater at Chicago Women's 184785InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 20:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Nature Babies at Chicago Women's 184754InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 1 but less than Coed2016/09/21 16:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$52.00
Nature Fun at Chicago Women's 167106InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$52.00
Nature Fun at Chicago Women's 167107InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Nature Fun at Chicago Women's 184756InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$52.00
Nature Fun at Chicago Women's 184757InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 19:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$52.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 167432InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Pilates at Chicago Women's 167433InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 168555CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/28 15:00From November 28, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$51.00
Play Camp at Chicago Women's 168556CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/12/05 15:00From December 5, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$51.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 167455InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 9:45am
$52.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 167457InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 13:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$52.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 185481InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
$52.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 167456InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/22 13:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$52.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 184763InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/22 15:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$52.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 184765InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 14:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 9:45am
$52.00
Play School at Chicago Women's 184766InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 20:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Science of Superheroes at Chicago Women's 184786InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$36.00
Sing-Along at Chicago Women's 184787InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Sing-Along at Chicago Women's 184788InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 4 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$52.00
Sing-Along at Chicago Women's 166584InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$52.00
Sport Art & Dart at Chicago Women's 184789InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/21 20:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Sport Art & Dart at Chicago Women's 184790InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$52.00
Step Aerobics at Chicago Women's 185314InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Tabata at Chicago Women's 185313InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Tap & Ballet at Chicago Women's 168226InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$52.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Chicago Women's 165757InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/09/23 16:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$52.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Chicago Women's 184791InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Tot Spot at Chicago Women's 168743OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 2Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
$37.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 169100InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Yoga at Chicago Women's 169098InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Yoga at Chicago Women's 169099InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2016/09/21 17:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Yoga at Chicago Women's 185311InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/23 00:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 169165InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 15:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$52.00
You Build It at Chicago Women's 169166InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$52.00

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Located in the Near South Side Community, locally known as the South Loop, Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens totals [2.51] acres and formerly housed the Vietnam Veterans Museum.

The Clarke House Museum sits adjacent to the gardens. Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, it is Chicago’s oldest house. Over the years, the house survived fires, belonged to a church, and was moved twice – during the second move, the house was stuck in the air for two weeks. The house is now located in the Chicago Women’s Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and operated as a museum by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The recreation building is a B-3 field house facility and features an indoor children’s playground and meeting room facilities.  Visitors will also enjoy the recently renovated second and third floor space that features three new fitness studios, club room, staff office, restrooms and lockers and on the 3rd floor, Kids Science Labs.  Kids Science Labs (KSL) offers hands-on science classes, birthday parties, summer camps, and field trips for kids ages 2-12.   Outside, the park offers a passive garden. Part of the spaces available for rental for children’s birthday parties and meetings.

Park-goers can enjoy mom, tots and pop classes or play bridge or take yoga classes at the facility. In the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps include pre-school activities. In addition, 

In addition to programs, Chicago Women’s Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Parents Night Out and Concerts in the Park.

Opened to the public in 2000, Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens honors the contributions that women have made to the city throughout its history. The park provides a quite respite in the Near South Side community area. It is located within the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and nestled between two house museums— the Widow Clarke House and the Glessner House. The park’s field house includes an indoor playground, two clubrooms, a café, and the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Art Museum, which operates out of the third floor of the building. In 2011, the Chicago Park District installed a relatively small, but extremely significant monument in the park in homage to Jane Addams (1860 – 1935), Chicago’s famous social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeios (1911 – 2010) created the artwork, which was first dedicated on the city’s lakefront in 1996. The sculpture was commissioned by the B.F. Ferguson Fund of the Art Institute of Chicago. Representatives of the Art Institute selected Bourgeios because they knew that the surrealist artist would portray Jane Addams through a symbolically powerful artwork rather than a depictive figurative sculpture. Bourgeios produced a series of carved granite hands that sit on rough-hewn granite bases. The monument, which is also known as “Helping Hands,” recognizes the humanity of Addams’ efforts, as well as the large number of people she helped. Speaking about her work in a 2007 PBS Documentary film entitled “From Art in the 21stCentury” Louise Bourgeois said, “A work of art does not have to be explained… If you do not have any feeling about this, I cannot explain it to you. If this doesn't’t touch you, I have failed.” The work entails six rough hewn stone bases which each support a hand or series of carved black granite hands representing a broad range of people of different ages and backgrounds. The current installation reflects the artist’s original arrangement of the sculptures and their positions. Describing the significance of the artist and her approach to this project, Michael Darling, a Chief Curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art explains: “Louise Bourgeois is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20thand 21stcentury, primarily because she has addressed central aspects of the human condition in her work. Channeling the issues raised during her tumultuous childhood, she has focused her work on ideas about inter-personal communication, nurturing, alienation, belonging, motherhood, sensuality, birth and death, among many other themes. This sculpture is an excellent example of how she suggests these concepts in a truly universal form—through the motif of the human hand.”

Landscape architect Mimi McKay and architect Tannys Langdon designed Chicago Women’s Park and Garden, which opened to the public in 2000. The small scale of the park and its lushly planted borders enhance the space’s contemplative feeling. The centerpiece of the design is the Botanical Gardens Fountain with a copper-coated cast iron basin created by Robinson Iron of Alexander City, Alabama.A winding path along the perimeter of the site serves as a metaphor of a woman as she moves in and out of traditional boundaries and roles through the course of her life.

For additional information please visit, http://www.clarkehousemuseum.org

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