Eckhart Park

  • 1330 W. Chicago Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Melody Mitchell
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5490

Located in the West Town Community, Eckhart Park totals 8.12 acres and features indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, fitness center, and boxing center. Outdoors, the park offers baseball diamonds, athletic field for football and soccer, a playground and garden.

Young park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. In the summer, youth attend day camp, and year ‘round Therapeutic Recreation programs.

Adults participate in a range of activities, aquatic classes and seasonal sports. Parents gather at Eckhart Park with their preschoolers for moms, pops and tots.

In addition to programs, Eckhart Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park.

History

The West Park Commission created Eckhart Park in 1907 to provide breathing space and social services for one of the overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods the commission served. Two years earlier, a revolutionary system of ten neighborhood parks had opened on the city’s South Side.Designed by the Olmsted Brothers and D.H. Burnham & Co., these innovative parks not only provided landscape amenities, but also public bathing, branches of the Chicago Public Library, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs. Eckhart Park was among the first in a system of small West Side parks authorized by state legislation in 1905. The park takes its name from Bernard A. Eckhart (1852-1931), who played a prominent role in the neighborhood parks movement. Eckhart, president of the West Park Commission from 1905 through 1908, hired landscape architect Jens Jensen as General Superintendent for the West Park System. Jensen went on to become known as the Dean of the Prairie style of landscape architecture. In 1907, Jensen began designing Eckhart Park as one of the first three small parks planned by the West Chicago Park Commissioners to provide breathing space and social services for the congested tenement districts within their jurisdiction. Eckhart Park’s 8-acre site presented Jensen with a major challenge. His initial plan of 1907 illustrates that he began with a rigid and formal layout in order to incorporate all of the ambitious program components. He later modified the plan to provide a looser organization of space, with activities integrated throughout. Eckhart Park’s final plan included a playground, open-air gymnasiums, a swimming Pool with a Prairie style bridge separating the deep and shallow ends, and community gardens where children could learn to plant and tend their plots. It also included a handsome brick field house and natatorium designed by William Carbys Zimmerman who then served as the State Architect for Illinois.

Parking/Directions

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

Eckhart Baseball Diamonds

Eckhart Baseball Diamonds

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Basketball

Eckhart Basketball

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Boxing Gym

Eckhart Boxing Gym

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Park

Eckhart Park

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Park - Kim & Carlo's Chicago Style Hot Dog

Eckhart Park - Kim & Carlo's Chicago Style Hot Dog

Location: 1330 W. Chicago Ave

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)969-0462

Eckhart Fieldhouse

Eckhart Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Hours: , ,

Eckhart Fitness Center

Eckhart Fitness CenterAccessible

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Hours: , ,

Notes: Sign up for a membership

Eckhart Athletic Field

Eckhart Athletic Field

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Gymnasiums

Eckhart Gymnasiums

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Notes: 2 Large

Eckhart Auditorium & Clubrooms

Eckhart Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Playground

Eckhart Playground

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Eckhart Spray Pool

Eckhart Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

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.
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  • 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 91878InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9:45am to 10:45am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 91879InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 91880InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 91877InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$28.00
Art & ABCs at Eckhart 92006InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$50.00
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 110186InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts8 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Free
Arts & Crafts at Eckhart 92047InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Basketball - Open at Eckhart 92197OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 8, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Friday from 9am to 1pm
$25.00
Basketball - Open at Eckhart 92262OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$10.00
Basketball at Eckhart 111334InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom November 8, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$10.00
Basketball League at Eckhart 92366Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
$150.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 110152InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Free
Boxing at Eckhart 92470InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
Free
Boxing at Eckhart 92471InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
Free
Boxing at Eckhart 92472InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$35.00
Cartooning at Eckhart 92525InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 12CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$25.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Eckhart 112007InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 15FemaleFrom September 5, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$75.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Eckhart 110150InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Eckhart 92683InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 8FemaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$10.00
Flag Football at Eckhart 92877InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom November 4, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Eckhart 92925InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom November 4, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Fun and Games (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 110185InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & Games8 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Free
Junior Bear Cheerleading at Eckhart 93414InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 14FemaleFrom November 25, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Free
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Eckhart 93421InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 6pm
Free
Kickboxing at Eckhart 93441InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 93554InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 93548InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 93550InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 93551InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 93552InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 93553InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 93549InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$28.00
Leisure Education (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 93699InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$50.00
Music and Movement at Eckhart 110142InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Eckhart 94045InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$140.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Eckhart 94107Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$420.00
Powerlifting (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 110184InstructionSports - Weightlifting18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
Free
Recreational Tumbling at Eckhart 94267InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Eckhart 95432InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 24, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Eckhart 111331InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 24, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Eckhart 111332InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 25, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Free
Soccer at Eckhart 111335InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom November 8, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$10.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 94608InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
Free
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Eckhart 110183InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
Free
Strength and Conditioning at Eckhart 94727InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Eckhart 94797InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
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
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Team Tumbling at Eckhart 110143InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 95106InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 95109InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 95110InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 95107InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 95108InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 95198InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 95199InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 95200InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Eckhart 111336CampsCamps - General Interest8 and upCoedFrom December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
$25.00
Winter Break Camp at Eckhart 95487CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$30.00
Wrestling at Eckhart 111333InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom November 6, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Yoga at Eckhart 110920InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Eckhart 95584InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$20.00

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Located in the West Town Community, Eckhart Park totals 8.12 acres and features indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, fitness center, and boxing center. Outdoors, the park offers baseball diamonds, athletic field for football and soccer, a playground and garden.

Young park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. In the summer, youth attend day camp, and year ‘round Therapeutic Recreation programs.

Adults participate in a range of activities, aquatic classes and seasonal sports. Parents gather at Eckhart Park with their preschoolers for moms, pops and tots.

In addition to programs, Eckhart Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park.

The West Park Commission created Eckhart Park in 1907 to provide breathing space and social services for one of the overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods the commission served. Two years earlier, a revolutionary system of ten neighborhood parks had opened on the city’s South Side.Designed by the Olmsted Brothers and D.H. Burnham & Co., these innovative parks not only provided landscape amenities, but also public bathing, branches of the Chicago Public Library, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs. Eckhart Park was among the first in a system of small West Side parks authorized by state legislation in 1905. The park takes its name from Bernard A. Eckhart (1852-1931), who played a prominent role in the neighborhood parks movement. Eckhart, president of the West Park Commission from 1905 through 1908, hired landscape architect Jens Jensen as General Superintendent for the West Park System. Jensen went on to become known as the Dean of the Prairie style of landscape architecture. In 1907, Jensen began designing Eckhart Park as one of the first three small parks planned by the West Chicago Park Commissioners to provide breathing space and social services for the congested tenement districts within their jurisdiction. Eckhart Park’s 8-acre site presented Jensen with a major challenge. His initial plan of 1907 illustrates that he began with a rigid and formal layout in order to incorporate all of the ambitious program components. He later modified the plan to provide a looser organization of space, with activities integrated throughout. Eckhart Park’s final plan included a playground, open-air gymnasiums, a swimming Pool with a Prairie style bridge separating the deep and shallow ends, and community gardens where children could learn to plant and tend their plots. It also included a handsome brick field house and natatorium designed by William Carbys Zimmerman who then served as the State Architect for Illinois.

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