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.

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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.

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.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 2016.

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 165816InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Emmerson 172174InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to April 7, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$8.00

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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.