Gross Park

  • 2708 W. Lawrence Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60625 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Mark Naumiec
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7528

Gross Park is a small park located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. It features four basketball standards, a junior soccer field, and an ADA accessible soft surface playground.

The staff offers soccer and basketball instructional programs, touch football, plus a soccer league for youth.  In the winter we offer a drop-in afterschool program and Kiddie Kollege for the little ones.   Once summer comes around we offer our popular Play Camp for the kiddos!         We hope to see you at the Park.

History

In 1898, the City of Chicago purchased nearly an acre-and-a-half of property in the Lincoln Square community for use by the Department of Sewers. Fifty years later, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation established a park at the site. Initially known as Washtenaw Playlot and later Lawrence Playlot for the adjacent streets, the park was well-equipped with playground equipment, a spray pool, a sand box, a small brick recreation building, and a playfield that could be flooded for ice skating in winter. In 1952, the city council renamed the site in honor of Theodore A. Gross, who developed this park and countless others during his 44 years as the city's Superintendent of Playgrounds. The Chicago Park District began leasing Gross Park from the city in 1959. After making improvements in the late 1970s, the park district rehabilitated Gross Park in 1990, and updated the recreation building the following year.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Gross Outdoor Basketball Court

Gross Outdoor Basketball Court

Location Notes: 2708 W. Lawrence Ave.

Gross Fieldhouse

Gross Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2708 W. Lawrence Ave.

Hours: ,

Gross Football Field

Gross Football Field

Location Notes: 2708 W. Lawrence Ave.

Descriptors: Junior

Gross Playground

Gross PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 2708 W. Lawrence Ave.

Winter Programs

View our winter program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 2, 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
Drop-in at Gross 99466InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$10.00
Kiddie College at Gross 100078InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$20.00

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Gross Park is a small park located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. It features four basketball standards, a junior soccer field, and an ADA accessible soft surface playground.

The staff offers soccer and basketball instructional programs, touch football, plus a soccer league for youth.  In the winter we offer a drop-in afterschool program and Kiddie Kollege for the little ones.   Once summer comes around we offer our popular Play Camp for the kiddos!         We hope to see you at the Park.

In 1898, the City of Chicago purchased nearly an acre-and-a-half of property in the Lincoln Square community for use by the Department of Sewers. Fifty years later, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation established a park at the site. Initially known as Washtenaw Playlot and later Lawrence Playlot for the adjacent streets, the park was well-equipped with playground equipment, a spray pool, a sand box, a small brick recreation building, and a playfield that could be flooded for ice skating in winter. In 1952, the city council renamed the site in honor of Theodore A. Gross, who developed this park and countless others during his 44 years as the city's Superintendent of Playgrounds. The Chicago Park District began leasing Gross Park from the city in 1959. After making improvements in the late 1970s, the park district rehabilitated Gross Park in 1990, and updated the recreation building the following year.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.