Cooper Park

  • 11712 S. Ada Street   Chicago, Illinois 60643 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • 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.

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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

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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

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
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
Seasonal Sports at Cooper 183965InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Cooper 183964InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
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
Zumba at Cooper 169200InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$6.00

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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.