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.

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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and 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
2-Ball Basketball at Franklin 162013InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/21 20:15From September 21, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$7.00
Basketball at Franklin 162301InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$7.00
Basketball at Franklin 162300InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$7.00
Basketball League at Franklin 162392Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 9, 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 162391Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upCoed2016/09/24 17:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 5pm
$104.00
Inner City Flag Football at Franklin 163074InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Franklin 163073InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Franklin 184052InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 20:15From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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 184053Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 20:15From September 19, 2016 to June 16, 2017$0
Piano at Franklin 163659InstructionCulture and Arts - Music6 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Franklin 163967InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
Step Aerobics at Franklin 186598InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/09/23 16:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$7.00
Teen Club at Franklin 164336OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Franklin 186599OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Weight Training at Franklin 164651InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2016 to December 10, 2016
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
$12.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Franklin 164658Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/01 22:00From September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016
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.