Eckhart Park

  • 1330 W. Chicago Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Melody Mitchell
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5490
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Located in the West Town Community, Eckhart Park totals 8.12 acres and features an indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, a fitness center and a boxing center. Outdoors, the park offers baseball diamonds, an athletic field for football and soccer, a playground and a community garden. The playground was renovated in Summer 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program.

Young park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. Youth attend day camp in the summer, as well as year round therapeutic recreation programs. Adults participate in a range of activities, including aquatic classes and seasonal sports. Parents also gather at Eckhart Park with their preschoolers for Moms, Pops and Tots classes and activities.

In addition to programs, Eckhart Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park, concerts, plays and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

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 - 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

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Eckhart Fieldhouse

Eckhart Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Hours: , ,

Eckhart Fitness Center

Eckhart Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Eckhart Athletic Field

Eckhart Athletic Field

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

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 PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Eckhart Spray Pool

Eckhart Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 204897InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:45From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 204898InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 204899InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 15:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 204896InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 15:45From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$30.00
Basketball League (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 223843Individual_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 205535InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
CPD Water Polo Club at Eckhart 205730InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/09/11 23:45From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
$82.00
Fitness (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 223842InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Junior Bear Cheerleading at Eckhart 206389InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 14Female2017/08/25 21:30From August 25, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at Eckhart 206499OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Monday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Friday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 206542InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 206537InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 206539InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 206540InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 206541InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 17:15From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 206538InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/16 20:45From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Eckhart 206967OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 15:45From September 11, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Monday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Eckhart 207077InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:30From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$153.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Eckhart 207142Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:30From September 5, 2017 to June 19, 2018$459.00
Recreational Tumbling at Eckhart 207307InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Eckhart 207507InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Eckhart 223840InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 207750InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Special Olympics Flag Football at Eckhart 223844InstructionSports - Football18 and upCoed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Special Olympics Floor Hockey at Eckhart 207767InstructionSports - Floor Hockey18 and upCoed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$12.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Eckhart 207780InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports18 and upCoed2017/09/12 19:00From September 12, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$12.00
TEAM Sports at Eckhart 207933InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2017 to January 4, 2018
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8:15pm
$35.00
Team Tumbling at Eckhart 207963InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 208107InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/12 14:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 208110InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/14 14:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 208108InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/15 14:45From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 208109InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/16 14:15From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 208225InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 224018InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 208223InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 15:15From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 208224InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 16:15From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$34.00
Walking Club (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 223841InstructionWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Eckhart 208538CampsCamps - General Interest8 and upCoed2017/12/26 16:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$53.00
Winter Break Camp at Eckhart 208552CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 15:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$53.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Eckhart 213335InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 20:30From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$146.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Eckhart 219262InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 19:30From April 2, 2018 to June 26, 2018
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$146.00

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Description

Located in the West Town Community, Eckhart Park totals 8.12 acres and features an indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, a fitness center and a boxing center. Outdoors, the park offers baseball diamonds, an athletic field for football and soccer, a playground and a community garden. The playground was renovated in Summer 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program.

Young park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. Youth attend day camp in the summer, as well as year round therapeutic recreation programs. Adults participate in a range of activities, including aquatic classes and seasonal sports. Parents also gather at Eckhart Park with their preschoolers for Moms, Pops and Tots classes and activities.

In addition to programs, Eckhart Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park, concerts, plays and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

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.