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.

Franklin Gymnasium

Franklin Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Clubrooms

Franklin Clubrooms

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Franklin Playground

Franklin Playground

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Franklin Park Pool

Franklin Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-7676

Franklin Water Play Area

Franklin Water Play Area

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Windy City Hoops Basketball at Franklin 91735Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/08/28 22:00From 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
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Franklin 95900InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$5.00
Basketball - Open at Franklin 96010OpenSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$5.00
Basketball at Franklin 96069InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$5.00
Basketball League at Franklin 96142Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball League at Franklin 96140Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 40Coed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$100.00
Basketball League at Franklin 96141Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball League at Franklin 96139Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upCoed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 5pm
$100.00
Bitty Basketball at Franklin 96194InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$5.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Franklin 96329InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$5.00
Dodgeball at Franklin 114686InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Fun and Games at Franklin 96601InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$5.00
Homework Time at Franklin 96747InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAnyCoed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Pre-Teen Club at Franklin 97561OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Franklin 97732InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
$5.00
Senior Citizens Club at Franklin 97769OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Team Tumbling at Franklin 98033InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Teen Club at Franklin 98050OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Weight Training at Franklin 98325InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$10.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 98332Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$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, 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.