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

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.

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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
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
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
2-Ball Basketball at Franklin 226136InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Franklin 209216Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 40Female2018/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 9:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$111.00
Basketball League at Franklin 209215Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upCoed2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 4:45pm
$111.00
Basketball Skills at Franklin 209261InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/17 23:00From January 17, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$9.00
Basketball Skills at Franklin 209260InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/19 22:00From January 19, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 23, 2018
$9.00
Basketball Skills at Franklin 209282InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2018/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
$9.00
Dodgeball at Franklin 226396InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2018/01/17 22:00From January 17, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
FFW Preview - Step Aerobics at Franklin 228615InstructionWellness - Aerobics25 and upCoed2018/01/10 01:00January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$0
FFW Preview - Step Aerobics at Franklin 229011InstructionWellness - Aerobics25 and upCoed2018/01/12 01:00From January 9, 2018 to January 11, 2018
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$0
FFW Preview - Walking Club at Franklin 228864OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2018/01/09 17:00January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
FFW Preview - Walking Club at Franklin 229061OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2018/01/11 17:00January 11, 2018
Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
FFW Preview - Weight Training at Franklin 228694InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/08 16:00January 8, 2018
Monday from 10am to 3pm
$0
FFW Preview - Weight Training at Franklin 229036InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/09 16:00January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
$0
FFW Preview - Weight Training at Franklin 229037InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 16:00January 10, 2018
Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
$0
FFW Preview - Weight Training at Franklin 229038InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/11 16:00January 11, 2018
Thursday from 10am to 3pm
$0
FFW Preview - Weight Training at Franklin 229039InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 16:00January 12, 2018
Friday from 10am to 3pm
$0
FFW Preview - Weight Training at Franklin 229040InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/13 15:00January 13, 2018
Saturday from 9am to 5pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Franklin 209833Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 27, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Franklin 209832Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2018/01/19 23:00From January 19, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 23, 2018
$0
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
Piano - Group - Beginner Partnership at Franklin 210323PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Music6 and upCoed2018/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Franklin 210469InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Franklin 210513InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Franklin 226135InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Step Aerobics at Franklin 210747InstructionWellness - Aerobics25 and upCoed2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$9.00
Teen Leadership Club at Franklin 210901InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Franklin 226133InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Walking Club at Franklin 226966OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Weight Training at Franklin 211119InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 17, 2018
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
Each Saturday from 9am to 5pm
$14.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 211127Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Wrestling at Franklin 226134InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 7 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to February 2, 2018
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, January 12, 2018
$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.