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, athletic field for soccer and football, playground and interactive water spray pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as the basketball courts.

Park-goers can 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

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

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 Park Pool

Franklin Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-7676

Descriptors: Outdoor

Franklin Water Play Area

Franklin Water Play Area

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Events

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  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, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
12" Fast Pitch Softball League at Franklin 139862Individual_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 9 but less than 14Female2016/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Baseball at Franklin 140160InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 14:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$7.00
Basketball at Franklin 140249InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/03/28 20:15From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6pm
$7.00
Basketball League at Franklin 140321Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 45Coed2016/03/28 23:30From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$104.00
Basketball League at Franklin 140320Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upMale2016/04/02 17:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 5pm
$104.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Franklin 140470InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$7.00
Park Kids at Franklin 153142InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Piano - Group - Beginner Partnership at Franklin 153143PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Music6 and upCoed2016/04/02 14:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Franklin 141606InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 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
Step Aerobics at Franklin 153700InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/03/28 16:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Teen Club at Franklin 142036OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Walking Club at Franklin 153699OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/03/28 15:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 142370Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Franklin 154614CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$126.00
Drop-in Camp at Franklin 154693CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$26.00
Early Bird Camp at Franklin 154704CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$31.00
Family Swim at Franklin 154765OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/17 23:00From June 17, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Franklin 154878Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2016/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at Franklin 154882Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 16 but less than 19Male2016/06/17 21:00From June 17, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Franklin 154885Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2016/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Learn to Swim at Franklin 159806InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 159807InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 17:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 159805InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 159808InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Franklin 159813OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
$0
Open Swim at Franklin 159813OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
$0
Open Swim at Franklin 159813OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
$0
Play Camp at Franklin 155218CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$66.00
TEAM Sports at Franklin 159809InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:15pm
$28.00
Teen Swim at Franklin 155726OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 155727OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 155843Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Youth Swim at Franklin 155884OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 155885OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2016/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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

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Description

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, athletic field for soccer and football, playground and interactive water spray pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as the basketball courts.

Park-goers can 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.