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 Water Play Area

Franklin Water Play Area

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Events

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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
Basketball at Franklin 201466InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/06/17 14:30From June 17, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to Noon
$9.00
Clubhouse Camp at Franklin 200115CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$132.00
Day Camp at Franklin 194068CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$132.00
Early Bird Camp at Franklin 194158CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$33.00
Family Swim at Franklin 194226OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
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
Fun and Games at Franklin 201600InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7:30pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Franklin 194312Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2017/06/13 21:00From June 13, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at Franklin 194316Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 16 but less than 19Male2017/06/09 21:00From June 9, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Franklin 194320Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2017/06/12 19:00From June 12, 2017 to August 16, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
$0
Late Summer Camp at Franklin 194147CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/08/07 14:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$27.00
Leadership Camp at Franklin 199122CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$0
Learn to Swim at Franklin 194438InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 194439InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 194437InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 194440InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Franklin 194557OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 22:00From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From June 16, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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 194557OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 22:00From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From June 16, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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 194557OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 22:00From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From June 16, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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 194647CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9am to 12:30pm
$35.00
Play Camp at Franklin 200114CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 18:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$35.00
Teen Swim at Franklin 194916OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2017/06/16 20:00From June 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017
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 194917OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/06/16 21:00From June 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017
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
Weightlifting - Open at Franklin 201465OpenWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/12 15:00From June 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
From June 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 9pm
$13.00
Weightlifting - Open at Franklin 201465OpenWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/12 15:00From June 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
From June 12, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 9pm
$13.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 195031Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Youth Swim at Franklin 195070OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/06/16 18:00From June 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017
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 195071OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/06/16 19:00From June 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017
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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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.