Cooper Park

  • 11712 S. Ada Street   Chicago, Illinois 60643 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Heather Smith
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6096

Located in the Roseland community area, Cooper Park totals 4.34 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. A green feature of the park includes a Harvest Garden. Outside, the park offers multi-purpose fields and a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our ball fields.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, seasonal sports, fitness, and arts and crafts. During the summer, youth can attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps, including dance and sports are also offered in the summer as well.

In addition to programs, Cooper Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday- themed events.

History

In 1966, the Chicago Park District acquired 4.3 acres of land in the West Pullman neighborhood with the help of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1975, the park district officially designated the site Cooper Park for Jack L. Cooper (1888-1970), the nation's first African-American radio personality. Cooper began his professional career as a boxer, semi-pro baseball player, and writer for the Chicago Defender. After breaking into radio at a white-owned station in Washington, D.C., Cooper returned to Chicago to make his mark. His ground-breaking show, "The All-Negro Hour," debuted on Chicago's airwaves in 1929. Over the subsequent thirty years, he became the city's first black sportscaster, newscaster, and radio executive. Cooper's enthusiasm for radio was matched by his commitment to African-American youth. A resident of the nearby Morgan Park neighborhood, Cooper actively supported community groups including the South Side Boy's Club and the Morgan Park Youth Association.

Parking/Directions

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

Cooper Baseball Fields

Cooper Baseball Fields

Location Notes: 11712 S. Ada Street

Cooper Basketball Courts

Cooper Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 11712 S. Ada Street

Cooper Fieldhouse

Cooper Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 11712 S. Ada Street

Hours: ,

Cooper Clubroom

Cooper Clubroom

Location Notes: 11712 S. Ada Street

Cooper Playground

Cooper PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Cooper Tennis Courts

Cooper Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 11712 S. Ada Street

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
Park Kids - Fall at Cooper 167274InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$6.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Cooper 167376Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$18.00
Senior Citizens Club at Cooper 167908OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Cooper 168330InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$2.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Chess at Cooper 172548OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games21 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Cooper 173992InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Cooper 174244InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Cooper 174396OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Cooper 174823InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$3.00

Documents

There are no documents available.

Photos & Videos

There are no photos or videos available.

Reviews

Description

Located in the Roseland community area, Cooper Park totals 4.34 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. A green feature of the park includes a Harvest Garden. Outside, the park offers multi-purpose fields and a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our ball fields.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, seasonal sports, fitness, and arts and crafts. During the summer, youth can attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps, including dance and sports are also offered in the summer as well.

In addition to programs, Cooper Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday- themed events.

In 1966, the Chicago Park District acquired 4.3 acres of land in the West Pullman neighborhood with the help of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1975, the park district officially designated the site Cooper Park for Jack L. Cooper (1888-1970), the nation's first African-American radio personality. Cooper began his professional career as a boxer, semi-pro baseball player, and writer for the Chicago Defender. After breaking into radio at a white-owned station in Washington, D.C., Cooper returned to Chicago to make his mark. His ground-breaking show, "The All-Negro Hour," debuted on Chicago's airwaves in 1929. Over the subsequent thirty years, he became the city's first black sportscaster, newscaster, and radio executive. Cooper's enthusiasm for radio was matched by his commitment to African-American youth. A resident of the nearby Morgan Park neighborhood, Cooper actively supported community groups including the South Side Boy's Club and the Morgan Park Youth Association.

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