Dawes Park

  • 8052 S. Damen Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60620 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Angela Jackson
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6108

Locatedin the Auburn Gresham community area, Dawes Park totals 17.74 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers four baseball diamonds, a basketball court, football/soccer fields, and a spray pool. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose room and picnic groves.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, seasonal sports, tumbling, and wrestling. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

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

History

Soon after World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major initiative to create new parks for the first time in many years. This Ten Year Plan identified 43 sites in neighborhoods with few recreational facilities and in undeveloped areas which were starting to boom. In 1948, the third year of the effort, the park district acquired 22 new park sites, including a 16-acre, L-shaped property in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Because of the flurry of new construction, the park district did not begin improving Dawes Park until 1954. By the early 1960s, the new park included a picnic grove, an athletic field, a children's playground, a running track, tennis courts, and a small fieldhouse. In the 1990s, the park district constructed a soft surface playground and undertook a major tree planting program there. The park's name honors Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951) a lawyer, soldier diplomat, and United States Vice President who had important ties with Chicago. After attending the Cincinnati Law School and living briefly in Nebraska and Ohio, Dawes settled in Evanston, Illinois. He entered politics, assisting in William McKinley's presidential campaign. McKinley rewarded Dawes by appointing him as Comptroller of the Currency. During World War I, Dawes joined the army, working his way up to Brigadier General. He authored the Dawes Plan, a proposal for rebuilding Europe after the war, and was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. Between 1925 and 1929, Dawes served as Vice-President under Calvin Coolidge. In that capacity, he was instrumental in Chicago's successful bid to hold a second World's Fair, the Century of Progress, which opened in 1933. Dawes authored eight books on banking and government. His many philanthropic causes included a Chicago homeless shelter built in 1913.

Parking/Directions

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

Dawes Baseball / Softball Fields

Dawes Baseball / Softball Fields

Location Notes: 8052 S. Damen Ave.

Dawes Basketball Courts - Outdoor

Dawes Basketball Courts - Outdoor

Location Notes: 8052 S. Damen Ave.

Dawes Fieldhouse

Dawes Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 8052 S. Damen Ave.

Hours: ,

Dawes Football / Soccer - Grass

Dawes Football / Soccer - Grass

Location Notes: 8052 S. Damen Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Dawes Playground

Dawes PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Dawes Water Spray Features

Dawes Water Spray Features

Location Notes: 8052 S. Damen Ave.

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 Monday, August 22, 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
Family Club at Dawes 165579OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs10 and upCoed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Game Room at Dawes 166082OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Dawes 167277InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to December 9, 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
$7.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Dawes 167346Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to June 16, 2017$21.00
Play School at Dawes 167463InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$9.00
Reading Club at Dawes 167629OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Dawes 167909OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
$0
Teen Club at Dawes 168283OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Dawes 168348InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$4.00
Walking Club at Dawes 184012OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0

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Description

Locatedin the Auburn Gresham community area, Dawes Park totals 17.74 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers four baseball diamonds, a basketball court, football/soccer fields, and a spray pool. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose room and picnic groves.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, seasonal sports, tumbling, and wrestling. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

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

Soon after World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major initiative to create new parks for the first time in many years. This Ten Year Plan identified 43 sites in neighborhoods with few recreational facilities and in undeveloped areas which were starting to boom. In 1948, the third year of the effort, the park district acquired 22 new park sites, including a 16-acre, L-shaped property in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Because of the flurry of new construction, the park district did not begin improving Dawes Park until 1954. By the early 1960s, the new park included a picnic grove, an athletic field, a children's playground, a running track, tennis courts, and a small fieldhouse. In the 1990s, the park district constructed a soft surface playground and undertook a major tree planting program there. The park's name honors Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951) a lawyer, soldier diplomat, and United States Vice President who had important ties with Chicago. After attending the Cincinnati Law School and living briefly in Nebraska and Ohio, Dawes settled in Evanston, Illinois. He entered politics, assisting in William McKinley's presidential campaign. McKinley rewarded Dawes by appointing him as Comptroller of the Currency. During World War I, Dawes joined the army, working his way up to Brigadier General. He authored the Dawes Plan, a proposal for rebuilding Europe after the war, and was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize. Between 1925 and 1929, Dawes served as Vice-President under Calvin Coolidge. In that capacity, he was instrumental in Chicago's successful bid to hold a second World's Fair, the Century of Progress, which opened in 1933. Dawes authored eight books on banking and government. His many philanthropic causes included a Chicago homeless shelter built in 1913.

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