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.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Basketball League at Franklin 134011Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 40Coed2016/01/05 01:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 9:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$102.00
Basketball League at Franklin 134010Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upCoed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 5pm
$102.00
Basketball Skills at Franklin 133870InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$6.00
Basketball Skills at Franklin 150222InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$6.00
Basketball Skills at Franklin 133926InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$6.00
Bitty Basketball at Franklin 134084InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$6.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Franklin 134230InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$6.00
Inner City Basketball at Franklin 134013Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2016/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Franklin 134012Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2016/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Park Kids at Franklin 150995InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/01/04 21:15From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
$0
Piano - Group - Beginner Partnership at Franklin 152561PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Music6 and upCoed2016/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Franklin 150223InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Franklin 135449InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Franklin 135481OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Step Aerobics at Franklin 150994InstructionWellness - Aerobics25 and upCoed2016/01/04 18:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Franklin 135775InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/01/05 00:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Franklin 136077OpenWellness - Walking21 and upCoed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 136084Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 12, 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
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

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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.