Franklin Park

  • 4320 W. 15th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jacquelyn Anderson
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-7676

Located in the North Lawndale Community, Franklin Park totals 8.4 acres and features a field house kitchen, gymnasium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park features a swimming pool, refurbished basketball courts with the Nike logo, an athletic field for soccer and football, playgrounds and an interactive water spray pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental, including the basketball courts.

Park-goers come to Franklin Park to play basketball, baseball and swim at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Franklin Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as gym showcases and holiday events like Eater Bunny activities.

History

In 1914, renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen presented a plan for Franklin Park that was considered a "radical change" from earlier neighborhood parks. An innovative system of south side parks had inspired the West Park Commission to begin creating its own neighborhood parks in 1907. The small sites and numerous space requirements limited Jensen's ability to incorporate naturalistic elements. After several years of experimentation, Jensen created Franklin Park, evocative of the native Illinois landscape, though only 8.5 acres in size. Minimizing the amount of space devoted to indoor facilities, Jensen included playing fields enclosed by native plantings, a bird garden, and a shady "old folks corner." Irregularly-shaped pools with rocky ledges emulated country swimming holes. In the "spirit of Indian lore," the park also had an area for a campfire on the player's green, an elevated "clearing" used for outdoor dramatics and small gatherings. Despite Jensen's intention to devote the park primarily to outdoor activities, there were increasing demands for additional indoor facilities. In 1926, the park's original fieldhouse was expanded to meet these needs, but demand continued to grow. Finally, in 1972, the Chicago Park District replaced the original building with a larger, modern fieldhouse. In addition, changing recreational needs unfortunately led to the demise of Franklin Park's historic landscape elements. The park honors inventor, author, and American patriot, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Having begun his career as a printer, Franklin became editor and owner of the Philadelphia Gazette. After inventing the Franklin stove in 1744, he conducted the earliest studies identifying lightning as electricity, including the famous kite-flying experiment. As a member of the Continental Congress, Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence. Franklin served as Ambassador to France, and later as a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Parking/Directions

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Franklin Baseball

Franklin Baseball

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Basketball

Franklin Basketball

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Fieldhouse

Franklin Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Hours: , ,

Franklin Field Soccer/Football

Franklin Field Soccer/Football

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Franklin Gymnasium

Franklin Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Clubrooms

Franklin Clubrooms

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Playground

Franklin PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Franklin Water Play Area

Franklin Water Play Area

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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 view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 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
Family Swim at Franklin 194226OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Franklin 194438InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 194439InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 194437InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 194440InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Teen Swim at Franklin 194916OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2017/06/16 20:00From June 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0
Teen Swim at Franklin 194917OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/06/16 21:00From June 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Youth Swim at Franklin 195070OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/06/16 18:00From June 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
Youth Swim at Franklin 195071OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/06/16 19:00From June 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Badminton at Franklin 223890InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Basketball at Franklin 202400InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 17Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Basketball at Franklin 202399InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Basketball League at Franklin 202481Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 1, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$109.00
Basketball League at Franklin 202480Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upCoed2017/09/16 17:30From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 5pm
$109.00
Fall Break Camp at Franklin 224388CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/09/25 13:00From September 25, 2017 to October 6, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 5pm
Each Friday from 8am to 5pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Franklin 202135InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Franklin 203143InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Franklin 203142InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Franklin 203617InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/09/05 20:15From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 6pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Franklin 208762Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/09/05 20:15From September 5, 2017 to June 8, 2018$0
Piano at Franklin 203696InstructionCulture and Arts - Music6 and upCoed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Franklin 203925InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Step Aerobics at Franklin 204206InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$8.00
Teen Club at Franklin 204314OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Walking Club at Franklin 204639OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Weight Training at Franklin 204649InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:30From September 11, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 5pm
From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$13.00
Weight Training at Franklin 204649InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:30From September 11, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 5pm
From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$13.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 204656Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/08/24 22:00From August 24, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Franklin 208556CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/12/22 15:00From December 22, 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
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Franklin 210281InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2018/01/08 21:15From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Franklin 216095InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2018/04/02 20:15From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 6pm
$0

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Located in the North Lawndale Community, Franklin Park totals 8.4 acres and features a field house kitchen, gymnasium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park features a swimming pool, refurbished basketball courts with the Nike logo, an athletic field for soccer and football, playgrounds and an interactive water spray pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental, including the basketball courts.

Park-goers come to Franklin Park to play basketball, baseball and swim at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Franklin Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as gym showcases and holiday events like Eater Bunny activities.

In 1914, renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen presented a plan for Franklin Park that was considered a "radical change" from earlier neighborhood parks. An innovative system of south side parks had inspired the West Park Commission to begin creating its own neighborhood parks in 1907. The small sites and numerous space requirements limited Jensen's ability to incorporate naturalistic elements. After several years of experimentation, Jensen created Franklin Park, evocative of the native Illinois landscape, though only 8.5 acres in size. Minimizing the amount of space devoted to indoor facilities, Jensen included playing fields enclosed by native plantings, a bird garden, and a shady "old folks corner." Irregularly-shaped pools with rocky ledges emulated country swimming holes. In the "spirit of Indian lore," the park also had an area for a campfire on the player's green, an elevated "clearing" used for outdoor dramatics and small gatherings. Despite Jensen's intention to devote the park primarily to outdoor activities, there were increasing demands for additional indoor facilities. In 1926, the park's original fieldhouse was expanded to meet these needs, but demand continued to grow. Finally, in 1972, the Chicago Park District replaced the original building with a larger, modern fieldhouse. In addition, changing recreational needs unfortunately led to the demise of Franklin Park's historic landscape elements. The park honors inventor, author, and American patriot, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Having begun his career as a printer, Franklin became editor and owner of the Philadelphia Gazette. After inventing the Franklin stove in 1744, he conducted the earliest studies identifying lightning as electricity, including the famous kite-flying experiment. As a member of the Continental Congress, Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence. Franklin served as Ambassador to France, and later as a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

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