Dooley Playground Park

  • 3402 W. 77th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60652 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Charles Kelley
  • Park Phone: (312) 745-1412

Located in the Ashburn community, Dooley Park totals 1.69 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers a youth softball field.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports including tumbling, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, etc. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

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

History

In 1960, the Central Park and St. Louis Improvement Association suggested the creation of a park and school within a manufacturing district that would soon be redeveloped for residential housing. Winston Homes, Inc. agreed to sell four acres at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and 77th Street for the project. By the end of 1967, the Chicago Park District had acquired three acres and the Board of Education had acquired one acre to create a jointly-operated school-park. However, the Board of Education soon began questioning the need for a new school here. The park district improved its three acres and named the site Dooley Park in 1974. After the contiguous Board of Education parcel remained unimproved for years, the park district acquired the land to expand Dooley Park in 1991. In 1999, the Board of Education moved forward on its school-park plan. The park district transferred two and a half acres to the Board of Education, which is constructing a building that will be jointly programmed by both agencies. Thomas A. Dooley (1927-1961) devoted his life to caring for sick people in remote areas of foreign countries. After serving as a navy medical corpsman from 1944 to 1946, Dooley received his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1953. He rejoined the navy, and in 1954, at the end of the war in Indochina, Dooley assisted in evacuating refugees from communist North Viet Nam. Dooley wrote a best selling book, "Deliver Us From Evil," describing this work. After resigning from the navy, Dooley used the book's proceeds to establish a medical clinic in Laos in 1956. He went on to establish additional hospitals in other remote regions, traveling to the U.S. only often enough to raise money for these efforts. Dooley's work was cut short by his death from cancer at the young age of 34.

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DooleyBaseball Field

DooleyBaseball Field

Location Notes: 3402 W. 77th St.

Dooley Fieldhouse

Dooley Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3402 W. 77th St.

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Dooley Gymnasium

Dooley Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3402 W. 77th St.

Dooley Clubroom

Dooley Clubroom

Location Notes: 3402 W. 77th St.

Dooley Playground

Dooley PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

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. 

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
Basketball - Open at Dooley Playground 162295OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Dooley Playground 185423InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$10.00
Homework Time at Dooley Playground 183805InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 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
$10.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Dooley Playground 163964InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Dooley Playground 164360InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$0

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Located in the Ashburn community, Dooley Park totals 1.69 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers a youth softball field.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports including tumbling, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, etc. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

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

In 1960, the Central Park and St. Louis Improvement Association suggested the creation of a park and school within a manufacturing district that would soon be redeveloped for residential housing. Winston Homes, Inc. agreed to sell four acres at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and 77th Street for the project. By the end of 1967, the Chicago Park District had acquired three acres and the Board of Education had acquired one acre to create a jointly-operated school-park. However, the Board of Education soon began questioning the need for a new school here. The park district improved its three acres and named the site Dooley Park in 1974. After the contiguous Board of Education parcel remained unimproved for years, the park district acquired the land to expand Dooley Park in 1991. In 1999, the Board of Education moved forward on its school-park plan. The park district transferred two and a half acres to the Board of Education, which is constructing a building that will be jointly programmed by both agencies. Thomas A. Dooley (1927-1961) devoted his life to caring for sick people in remote areas of foreign countries. After serving as a navy medical corpsman from 1944 to 1946, Dooley received his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1953. He rejoined the navy, and in 1954, at the end of the war in Indochina, Dooley assisted in evacuating refugees from communist North Viet Nam. Dooley wrote a best selling book, "Deliver Us From Evil," describing this work. After resigning from the navy, Dooley used the book's proceeds to establish a medical clinic in Laos in 1956. He went on to establish additional hospitals in other remote regions, traveling to the U.S. only often enough to raise money for these efforts. Dooley's work was cut short by his death from cancer at the young age of 34.

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