Emmerson Park

  • 1820 W. Granville Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60660 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Moseth Sample
  • Park Phone: (773) 761-0433

Located in the West Ridge community (at the corner of Granville and Ridge Avenues), this 2.34-acre park contains a small fieldhouse with a kitchen, a playground with sandbox and spray pool, two tennis courts and two basketball standards.

During the fall, winter, and spring sessions, Emmerson Park offers Park Kids after school program and sports programs for youth.

During the summer session, Emmerson Park offers a fun-filled day camp program for youth. Day campers have a blast participating in weekly field trips, arts & crafts, special visits from police and fire department personnel, as well as special-event days, such as pajama day, crazy hat and sock day.

Additionally, Emmerson Park offers youth crafts to celebrate most holidays and serves as host to the neighborhood’s bi-monthly CAPS meetings.

History

In 1931, the Lincoln Park Commission created Emmerson Park, the last of the district's seven neighborhood parks. The population of the West Ridge neighborhood had grown from 7,500 residents in 1920 to 40,000 residents ten years later, and there were few public parks in the area. The park commission acquired a two-acre parcel from the Chicago Town and Tennis Club, adjacent to the Chicago Elk Club. Although the new park was quite small, it was improved as a lovely green space with a wading pool, a children's playground, tennis courts, gardens, and a comfort station. In 1934, the Lincoln Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District. The Park District remodeled Emmerson Park comfort station into a recreation center in 1961. Emmerson Park honors Louis L. Emmerson (1863-1941), who was Governor of Illinois during the park's creation. Having served as Secretary of State for three terms beginning in 1916, Emmerson was elected Governor in 1928 and remained in office until 1933.

Parking/Directions

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

Emmerson Basketball

Emmerson Basketball

Location Notes: 1820 W. Granville Ave.

Emmerson FIeldhouse

Emmerson FIeldhouse

Location Notes: 1820 W. Granville Ave.

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Emmerson Clubroom

Emmerson Clubroom

Location Notes: 1820 W. Granville Ave.

Emmerson Playground

Emmerson PlaygroundAccessible

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Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Emmerson Tennis

Emmerson Tennis

Location Notes: 1820 W. Granville 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
Drop-in at Emmerson 179166InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Club at Emmerson 181377OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/18 22:15From April 18, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Emmerson 182022OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Sports Camp at Emmerson 200014CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 18:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$40.00

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Description

Located in the West Ridge community (at the corner of Granville and Ridge Avenues), this 2.34-acre park contains a small fieldhouse with a kitchen, a playground with sandbox and spray pool, two tennis courts and two basketball standards.

During the fall, winter, and spring sessions, Emmerson Park offers Park Kids after school program and sports programs for youth.

During the summer session, Emmerson Park offers a fun-filled day camp program for youth. Day campers have a blast participating in weekly field trips, arts & crafts, special visits from police and fire department personnel, as well as special-event days, such as pajama day, crazy hat and sock day.

Additionally, Emmerson Park offers youth crafts to celebrate most holidays and serves as host to the neighborhood’s bi-monthly CAPS meetings.

In 1931, the Lincoln Park Commission created Emmerson Park, the last of the district's seven neighborhood parks. The population of the West Ridge neighborhood had grown from 7,500 residents in 1920 to 40,000 residents ten years later, and there were few public parks in the area. The park commission acquired a two-acre parcel from the Chicago Town and Tennis Club, adjacent to the Chicago Elk Club. Although the new park was quite small, it was improved as a lovely green space with a wading pool, a children's playground, tennis courts, gardens, and a comfort station. In 1934, the Lincoln Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District. The Park District remodeled Emmerson Park comfort station into a recreation center in 1961. Emmerson Park honors Louis L. Emmerson (1863-1941), who was Governor of Illinois during the park's creation. Having served as Secretary of State for three terms beginning in 1916, Emmerson was elected Governor in 1928 and remained in office until 1933.

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