Dawes Park

  • 8052 S. Damen Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60620 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • 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

Notes: Chicago Plays! Renovation, Fall 2014

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Dawes Water Spray Features

Dawes Water Spray Features

Location Notes: 8052 S. Damen Ave.

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 Monday, May 1, 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 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$6.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Fun and Games at Dawes 180618InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Dawes 179309InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Game Room at Dawes 181293OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games19 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Dawes 182214InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$2.00
Senior Citizens Club at Dawes 180896OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Dawes 181442InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 20Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Walking Club at Dawes 193322OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 1pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 1pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Dawes 198595CampsCamps - 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
Early Bird Camp at Dawes 195986CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10am
$8.00

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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.