Franklin Park

  • 4320 W. 15th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jacquelyn Anderson
  • 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

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Franklin Baseball

Franklin Baseball

Location: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Basketball

Franklin Basketball

Location: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Fieldhouse

Franklin Fieldhouse

Location: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Field Soccer/Football

Franklin Field Soccer/Football

Location: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Gymnasium

Franklin Gymnasium

Location: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Clubrooms

Franklin Clubrooms

Location: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Playground

Franklin Playground

Location: 4320 W. 15th St.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Franklin Water Play Area

Franklin Water Play Area

Location: 4320 W. 15th St.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Bitty Basketball at Franklin 80876InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom June 20, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$5.00
Day Camp at Franklin 80958CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$115.00
Family Swim at Franklin 86462OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Free
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Franklin 81185Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 14CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 5pm
Free
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at Franklin 81191Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 5pm
Free
Learn to Swim at Franklin 81285InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 81286InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 81284InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 81283InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Open Swim at Franklin 87179OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13FemaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Open Swim at Franklin 87180OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13MaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Free
Open Swim at Franklin 87181OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18FemaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Free
Open Swim at Franklin 87184OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18MaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Free
Play Camp at Franklin 81455CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$57.50
Play Camp at Franklin 81454CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$57.50
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 81785Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
Free
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
2-Ball Basketball at Franklin 89320OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$5.00
Basketball League at Franklin 89685Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$100.00
Basketball League at Franklin 89684Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 5pm
$100.00
Homework Time at Franklin 90253InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAnyCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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
Free
Pre-Teen Club at Franklin 90929OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Franklin 91108OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Free
Team Tumbling at Franklin 91402InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Teen Club at Franklin 91425OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Free
Tot Spot at Franklin 91563OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 2:45pm
$10.00
Weight Training at Franklin 91727InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 6, 2014
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
$10.00
Windy City Hoops Basketball at Franklin 91735Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom August 28, 2014 to December 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
Free

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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, 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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 4320 W. 15th St. 3
Basketball Court - Outdoor 4320 W. 15th St. 3
Fieldhouse 4320 W. 15th St. 0
Football / Soccer 4320 W. 15th St. 1
Gymnasiums 4320 W. 15th St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 4320 W. 15th St. 7
Playgrounds 4320 W. 15th St. 1 Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013
Swimming Pools 4320 W. 15th St. 0
Water Playgrounds 4320 W. 15th St. 1
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.