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 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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
Drop-In Camp at Cooper 205929CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/19 18:00From December 19, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Cooper 207071InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 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
$7.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Cooper 207165Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to June 10, 2018$21.00
Seasonal Sports at Cooper 207390InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Cooper 207389InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Cooper 207554OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Cooper 208027InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Cooper 213329InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$7.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Cooper 219256InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$7.00

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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.