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 Water Play Area

Franklin Water Play Area

Location Notes: 4320 W. 15th St.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
Click on the program name links below to register now.

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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
2-Ball Basketball at Franklin 122251InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/09/16 20:15From September 16, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$6.00
Arts & Crafts at Franklin 122367InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$6.00
Basketball at Franklin 122533InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to November 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Basketball at Franklin 122532InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$6.00
Basketball League at Franklin 122628Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2015 to November 4, 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 122627Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upCoed2015/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 5pm
$102.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Franklin 122813InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$6.00
Dodgeball at Franklin 147151InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Flag Football at Franklin 122977InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Fun and Games at Franklin 123094InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 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
$6.00
Homework Time at Franklin 123243InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Franklin 123289InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Franklin 123288InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Park Voyagers at Franklin 148274InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help5 and upCoed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Park Voyagers at Franklin 148277InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help5 and upCoed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Piano at Franklin 147152InstructionCulture and Arts - Music6 and upCoed2015/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Pre-Teen Club at Franklin 124002OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Franklin 124022InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Franklin 124181InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Franklin 124210OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Teen Club at Franklin 124497OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Weight Training at Franklin 124810InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 18:30From September 14, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 5pm
$11.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 124815Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/27 22:00From August 27, 2015 to December 26, 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.