Daley Bicentennial Plaza

  • 337 E. Randolph St.   Chicago, Illinois 60601 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: Closed due to construction.
  • Park Supervisor: Jackie Guthrie
  • Phone: (312) 742-3918

A major construction project is underway at Daley Bicentennial Plaza.  
The fieldhouse, playground, tennis courts, and skating rink are currently closed and will remain closed during construction. 

• 2014 day camp will take place at the Lincoln Park South Fieldhouse
• Children’s programs are accommodated at Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr. and adult fitness programs at Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. 
• Alternate locations for playgrounds include Lake Shore Park; Lakeshore East, 450 E. Benton Pl.; Seneca Playlot Park, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; Burnham Park, 5491 S. Lake Shore Dr.; Roosevelt Park, 62 W. Roosevelt Rd.; and Jones Park, 1240 S. Plymouth Ct. 
• Alternate tennis court locations include Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr., Lake Shore Park; Dunbar Park, 300 E. 31st St., Lincoln Park, 3700 N. Recreation Dr.; and Skinner Park, 1331 W. Monroe St.
• Alternate skate rink locations include Millennium Park operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 201 E. Randolph St.; McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave.; and Midway Plaisance, 1130 Midway Plaisance.


The dramatic transformation of this space will result in the new Maggie Daley Park.
Learn more about this new park and the construction project.

 

 

History

Proudly referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is among the city's loveliest and most prominent parks. The site of three world-class museums: the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium. The park includes the museum campus, a 1995 transformation of paved areas into beautiful greenspace. Grant Park's centerpiece is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, built in 1927 to provide a monumental focal point while protecting the park's breathtaking lakefront views. Grant Park's beginnings date to 1835, when citizens, fearing commercial lakefront development, lobbied to protect the open space. As a result, the park's original area east of Michigan Avenue was designated "public ground forever to remain vacant of buildings." Officially named Lake Park in 1847, the site soon suffered from lakefront erosion. The Illinois Central Railroad agreed to build a breakwater to protect the area in exchange for permission for an offshore train trestle. After the Great Fire of 1871, the area between the shore and trestle became a dump site for piles of charred rubble, the first of many landfill additions. In 1901, the city transferred the park to the South Park Commission, which named it for Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th President of the United States. Renowned architect Daniel H. Burnham envisioned Grant Park as a formal landscape with museums and civic buildings. However, construction was stalled by lawsuits launched by mail-order magnate Aaron Montgomery Ward, who sought to protect the park's open character. Finally, in 1911, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Ward's favor. New landfill at the park's southern border allowed construction of the Field Museum to begin, and the park evolved slowly. In 1934, the South Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District, which completed improvements using federal relief funds. At the turn of the 21st century, the north end of Grant Park is undergoing a multi-million-dollar facelift, as old railbeds are transformed into Millennium Park, a major landscape and festival site.

Parking/Directions

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

Hutchinson Fields

Hutchinson Fields

Location: 900 S. Columbus Dr.

Grant Park Groves

Grant Park Groves

Location: 800 S. Columbus Dr.

Grant Park Tennis Court

Grant Park Tennis Court

Location: 900 S. Columbus

Descriptors: Lighted

Sand Volleyball

Sand Volleyball

Location: 900 S. Columbus Dr.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Outdoor Tennis Lessons: Levels 3/4 at Daley Bi 83084InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom August 18, 2014 to September 15, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$75.00
Outdoor Tennis Lessons: Levels 3/4 at Daley Bi 83082InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom August 19, 2014 to September 11, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$75.00
Tennis Camp at Daley Bi 83470CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$75.00
Tennis Camp at Daley Bi 83471CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$75.00
Tennis Lessons: Levels 1/2 at Daley Bi 83550InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to September 22, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$75.00
Tennis Lessons: Levels 1/2 at Daley Bi 83547InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom August 18, 2014 to September 15, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$75.00
Tennis Lessons: Levels 1/2 at Daley Bi 83546InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom August 19, 2014 to September 11, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$75.00
Tennis Lessons: Levels 1/2 at Daley Bi 83548InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom August 22, 2014 to September 12, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$75.00
Tennis Lessons: Levels 3/4 at Daley Bi 83549InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to September 22, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$75.00

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A major construction project is underway at Daley Bicentennial Plaza.  
The fieldhouse, playground, tennis courts, and skating rink are currently closed and will remain closed during construction. 

• 2014 day camp will take place at the Lincoln Park South Fieldhouse
• Children’s programs are accommodated at Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr. and adult fitness programs at Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. 
• Alternate locations for playgrounds include Lake Shore Park; Lakeshore East, 450 E. Benton Pl.; Seneca Playlot Park, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; Burnham Park, 5491 S. Lake Shore Dr.; Roosevelt Park, 62 W. Roosevelt Rd.; and Jones Park, 1240 S. Plymouth Ct. 
• Alternate tennis court locations include Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Dr., Lake Shore Park; Dunbar Park, 300 E. 31st St., Lincoln Park, 3700 N. Recreation Dr.; and Skinner Park, 1331 W. Monroe St.
• Alternate skate rink locations include Millennium Park operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 201 E. Randolph St.; McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave.; and Midway Plaisance, 1130 Midway Plaisance.


The dramatic transformation of this space will result in the new Maggie Daley Park.
Learn more about this new park and the construction project.

 

 

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 900 S. Columbus Dr. 16
Picnic Groves 800 S. Columbus Dr. 2
Tennis Courts 900 S. Columbus Lighted 6
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 900 S. Columbus Dr. 2
Proudly referred to as Chicago's "front yard," Grant Park is among the city's loveliest and most prominent parks. The site of three world-class museums: the Art Institute, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium. The park includes the museum campus, a 1995 transformation of paved areas into beautiful greenspace. Grant Park's centerpiece is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, built in 1927 to provide a monumental focal point while protecting the park's breathtaking lakefront views. Grant Park's beginnings date to 1835, when citizens, fearing commercial lakefront development, lobbied to protect the open space. As a result, the park's original area east of Michigan Avenue was designated "public ground forever to remain vacant of buildings." Officially named Lake Park in 1847, the site soon suffered from lakefront erosion. The Illinois Central Railroad agreed to build a breakwater to protect the area in exchange for permission for an offshore train trestle. After the Great Fire of 1871, the area between the shore and trestle became a dump site for piles of charred rubble, the first of many landfill additions. In 1901, the city transferred the park to the South Park Commission, which named it for Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th President of the United States. Renowned architect Daniel H. Burnham envisioned Grant Park as a formal landscape with museums and civic buildings. However, construction was stalled by lawsuits launched by mail-order magnate Aaron Montgomery Ward, who sought to protect the park's open character. Finally, in 1911, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Ward's favor. New landfill at the park's southern border allowed construction of the Field Museum to begin, and the park evolved slowly. In 1934, the South Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District, which completed improvements using federal relief funds. At the turn of the 21st century, the north end of Grant Park is undergoing a multi-million-dollar facelift, as old railbeds are transformed into Millennium Park, a major landscape and festival site.

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