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

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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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
12" Fast Pitch League Softball at Franklin 102342Individual_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 9 but less than 14Female2015/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
16" Softball at Franklin 102343InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 9 but less than 15Male2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
2-Ball Basketball at Franklin 102392InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 20:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$6.00
Arts & Crafts at Franklin 102494InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$6.00
Baseball at Franklin 102605InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$6.00
Basketball at Franklin 102695InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$6.00
Basketball League at Franklin 121797Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 45Female2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$102.00
Basketball League at Franklin 102754Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upMale2015/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 5pm
$102.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Franklin 102894InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Franklin 102893InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Dodgeball at Franklin 121799InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Fun and Games at Franklin 103080InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
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
$6.00
Pre-Teen Club at Franklin 103878OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Franklin 103976InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
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
Senior Citizens Club at Franklin 104068OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Teen Club at Franklin 104392OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Track & Field at Franklin 104548InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 15Male2015/03/31 20:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Track & Field at Franklin 104549InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 15Female2015/03/31 20:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Weight Training at Franklin 104688InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 18:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 9:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9:45pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9:45pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 3pm
$11.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 104696Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 22:00From April 2, 2015 to June 6, 2015
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
Day Camp at Franklin 116192CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$120.00
Drop-in Camp at Franklin 132007CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 14:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$25.00
Early Bird Camp at Franklin 117506CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$30.00
Family Swim at Franklin 116375OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 22:45From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7pm
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 7pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Franklin 116613Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2015/06/16 21:00From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at Franklin 116618Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 16 but less than 19Male2015/06/12 21:00From June 12, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Franklin 131300Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/06/15 19:00From June 15, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Franklin 116793InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 116794InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/28 17:00From June 28, 2015 to August 30, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 116792InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/27 16:00From June 27, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Franklin 116791InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Play Camp at Franklin 117507CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$65.00
POST Adult Swim at Franklin 130815OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/29 16:00From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Family Swim at Franklin 130816OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 22:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7pm
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 7pm
$0
POST Open Swim at Franklin 131765OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 17:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
POST Teen Swim at Franklin 130817OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/08/24 20:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Sunday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Franklin 130818OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/08/24 18:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Franklin 131761OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
PRE Open Swim at Franklin 131766OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 17:00June 12, 2015
Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Franklin 131762OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/06/12 15:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
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
Teen Swim at Franklin 117087OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/06/19 20:15From June 19, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
$0
Teen Swim at Franklin 117095OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/06/12 21:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 117870Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/18 22:00From June 18, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Youth Swim at Franklin 117071OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/06/12 18:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
$0
Youth Swim at Franklin 117079OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2015/06/12 19:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
$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.