Fernwood Park

  • 10436 S. Wallace St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Adam Dunbar
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6132

Located in the Washington Heights community, Fernwood Park totals 12.33 acres and features a gymnasium, indoor pool, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, a spray pool and playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms and fields.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, aquatics, senior club, quilting, Jazzercise, and youth and teens’ swim teams. On the cultural side, Fernwood Park offers tiny tot & youth ballet and tap dance. During the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Tiny Tot Camp.

In addition to programs, Fernwood Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Senior Black History Month Showcase, the Park Showcase, and a Senior Luncheon.

History

Fernwood Park takes its name from the surrounding area settled by Dutch farmers in the late 19th century. Prior to its annexation to Chicago in 1891, the Village of Fernwood created a pleasure drive between South 95th and 103rd Streets at South Eggleston Avenue. Known as Fernwood Parkway, for years this narrow strip was the neighborhood's only parkland. In the early 1900s, residents were impressed with the superb nearby parks created by the South Park Commission. Fernwood residents lobbied the commission to extend its boundaries into their neighborhood, but their effort failed. Finally, in 1908, the Fernwood and Washington Heights Improvement Association successfully petitioned the county to form the Fernwood Park District. The new park district acquired a 12-acre farm with orchards, barns, and outbuildings. John Algots, the City of Chicago's Superintendent of Parks, created a park plan, transforming the property into a landscape of lawn, trees, shrubs, and a wading pool. A house on the site was remodeled as a fieldhouse, and in 1912, a branch of the Chicago Public Library opened in one of its rooms. In 1919, the citizens of Fernwood donated a World War I veterans' monument. In the 1920s, the remaining park acreage was acquired and additional landscape improvements were made. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District. A few years later, the newly-formed park district remodeled Fernwood Park's fieldhouse. Despite this, demands for additional interior space continued. In the mid-1980s, the original building was replaced with a modern fieldhouse, which received a natatorium and swimming pool addition in 1996.

Parking/Directions

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Fernwood Diamond

Fernwood Diamond

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

McGlother “Mac” Irvin Basketball Courts

McGlother “Mac” Irvin Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Fieldhouse

Fernwood Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Hours: , ,

Fernwood Fitness Center

Fernwood Fitness Center

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Notes: M-F, 8-7:30pm; Sa, 9-4:30pm; Su, Closed. Sign up for a membership

Fernwood Gymnasium

Fernwood Gymnasium

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Clubrooms

Fernwood Clubrooms

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Playground

Fernwood Playground

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Play! Renovation program

Fernwood Tennis Courts

Fernwood Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Water Play Area Indoors

Fernwood Water Play Area Indoors

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Spray Pool

Fernwood Spray Pool

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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
POST Adult Swim at Fernwood 130846OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 12:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
POST Family Swim at Fernwood 130847OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 23:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
POST Open Swim at Fernwood 130849OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/29 18:15From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Fernwood 130853OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/29 15:00From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
POST Senior Swim at Fernwood 130848OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/24 13:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
POST Teen Swim at Fernwood 130852OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 21:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Fernwood 130850OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Fernwood 132169OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 121167InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/08 22:00From June 8, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Fernwood 127253OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124978InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124982InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124979InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124983InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124981InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124984InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124980InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/17 14:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124985InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/17 16:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124976InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/18 14:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 124977InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/18 16:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 125070InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 125071InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 125068InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/18 17:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Ballet - Beginner at Fernwood 125217InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$21.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Fernwood 125253InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Female2015/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$21.00
Baseball at Fernwood 147848InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 11Male2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$20.00
Basketball League at Fernwood 125475Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$204.00
Basketball Skills at Fernwood 125407InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Male2015/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Fernwood 125522InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$21.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 125991InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 125815InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Dance - Tap at Fernwood 125846InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$21.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 125940OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Fernwood 125990InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 126632InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/17 22:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126771InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126776InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126773InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126777InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126778InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126779InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126783InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126784InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126785InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126780InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126781InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126782InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/17 21:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126786InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/09/18 15:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126772InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126774InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 126775InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 126953InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$26.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Fernwood 147849InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Open Studio - Quilting Partnership at Fernwood 127243OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles35 and upCoed2015/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$8.00
Open Swim at Fernwood 127254OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall Session at Fernwood 127332InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/01 18:45From September 1, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 6pm
$51.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Fernwood 127402Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/01 18:45From September 1, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 6pm
$153.00
PRE Adult Swim at Fernwood 148334OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/08 18:00From September 8, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
PRE Family Swim at Fernwood 148342OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/11 23:30September 11, 2015
Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
PRE Open Swim at Fernwood 148341OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/12 19:00September 12, 2015
Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
PRE Parent and Tot Swim at Fernwood 148395OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/09/12 15:00September 12, 2015
Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
PRE Senior Swim at Fernwood 148336OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/09/08 13:00From September 8, 2015 to September 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 11am
Each Thursday from 8am to 11am
Each Friday from 8am to 11am
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Fernwood 148338OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 19:00From September 8, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood 127573InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 127666InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 127667InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Male2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Fernwood 127843OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Senior Swim at Fernwood 127252OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/09/15 13:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 128151InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/08 21:30From September 8, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm 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 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fernwood 128446InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fernwood 128490InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 128845Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/28 22:00From August 28, 2015 to December 26, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Yoga at Fernwood 128952InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$26.00
Youth Swim at Fernwood 127255OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$0

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Located in the Washington Heights community, Fernwood Park totals 12.33 acres and features a gymnasium, indoor pool, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, a spray pool and playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms and fields.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, aquatics, senior club, quilting, Jazzercise, and youth and teens’ swim teams. On the cultural side, Fernwood Park offers tiny tot & youth ballet and tap dance. During the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Tiny Tot Camp.

In addition to programs, Fernwood Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Senior Black History Month Showcase, the Park Showcase, and a Senior Luncheon.

Fernwood Park takes its name from the surrounding area settled by Dutch farmers in the late 19th century. Prior to its annexation to Chicago in 1891, the Village of Fernwood created a pleasure drive between South 95th and 103rd Streets at South Eggleston Avenue. Known as Fernwood Parkway, for years this narrow strip was the neighborhood's only parkland. In the early 1900s, residents were impressed with the superb nearby parks created by the South Park Commission. Fernwood residents lobbied the commission to extend its boundaries into their neighborhood, but their effort failed. Finally, in 1908, the Fernwood and Washington Heights Improvement Association successfully petitioned the county to form the Fernwood Park District. The new park district acquired a 12-acre farm with orchards, barns, and outbuildings. John Algots, the City of Chicago's Superintendent of Parks, created a park plan, transforming the property into a landscape of lawn, trees, shrubs, and a wading pool. A house on the site was remodeled as a fieldhouse, and in 1912, a branch of the Chicago Public Library opened in one of its rooms. In 1919, the citizens of Fernwood donated a World War I veterans' monument. In the 1920s, the remaining park acreage was acquired and additional landscape improvements were made. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District. A few years later, the newly-formed park district remodeled Fernwood Park's fieldhouse. Despite this, demands for additional interior space continued. In the mid-1980s, the original building was replaced with a modern fieldhouse, which received a natatorium and swimming pool addition in 1996.

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