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

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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

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Chess at Cooper 178952OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games18 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Cooper 180358InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 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
Seasonal Sports at Cooper 180739InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Cooper 181423InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 15, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Walking Club at Cooper 182020OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Cooper 195610CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$112.00

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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.