Hamilton Park

  • 513 W. 72nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60621 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Michael Lindsey
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6174

Located in the Englewood community, Hamilton Park & Cultural Center totals 29.95 acres and features two gymnasiums, an auditorium, dance studio, archery range and a multi-purpose room. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, baseball/softball diamonds, basketball, handball, and tennis courts, playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, auditorium, fields, dance studio and multi-purpose room.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, aerobics and Pilates. On the cultural side, Hamilton Park offers ballet, jazz and hip hop dance classes. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer youth can participate in the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Hamilton Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as our annual jazz concert.

History

The South Park Commission created Hamilton Park in 1904 as part of a revolutionary system of neighborhood parks providing relief to Chicago's congested tenement districts. The city's existing parks were far away from the noisy, overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods in the center of the city. Superintendent J. Frank Foster envisioned a new type of park that would not only provide beautifully landscaped "breathing spaces," but also a variety of services and educational functions. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Company designed the entire system of new parks. The first ten neighborhood parks opened to the public in 1905. Of the ten parks, Hamilton was the only one named for a national political figure. It honors Alexander Hamilton (1755-?1804), advisor to George Washington and first secretary of the U.S. Treasury, who was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. The theme of national political history is beautifully conveyed in the Hamilton Park fieldhouse murals, executed by noted Chicago artist, John Warner Norton. The other nine parks, Sherman, Ogden, Palmer, and Bessemer Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour and Cornell Squares, were named for figures who were significant to the development of Chicago.

Parking/Directions

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

Hamilton Park Archery Range

Hamilton Park Archery Range

Location Notes: 513 W. 72nd St.

Descriptors: Outdoor

Five

Five (1)

Location Notes: Hamilton Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Historical Series

Historical Series (1)

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Hamilton Park Basketball Courts

Hamilton Park Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 513 W. 72nd St.

Hamilton Park Cultural Center

Hamilton Park Cultural Center

Location Notes: 513 W. 72nd St.

Hamilton Park Gymnasiums

Hamilton Park Gymnasiums

Location Notes: 513 W. 72nd St.

Hamilton Park Meeting/Event Space

Hamilton Park Meeting/Event Space

Location Notes: 513 W. 72nd St.

Hamilton Park Playground

Hamilton Park PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Hamilton Park Pool

Hamilton Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 513 W. 72nd St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-7649

Descriptors: Outdoor

Hamilton Park Tennis Courts

Hamilton Park Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 513 W. 72nd 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 Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Hamilton 167358Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/07 20:00From September 7, 2016 to June 16, 2017$36.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Archery at Hamilton 178337InstructionSports - Archery8 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$14.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Hamilton 178478InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Hamilton 178479InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Hamilton 178566OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$50.00
Dance - Modern at Hamilton 179083InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Leadership Camp at Hamilton 179841CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$13.00
Park Kids - Spring at Hamilton 180372InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Hamilton 180751InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Hamilton 180752InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Hamilton 199247OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Senior Dance at Hamilton 199248InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance55 and upCoed2017/04/06 16:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Show Choir Partnership at Hamilton 180945PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Table Games at Hamilton 181294OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games18 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Table Tennis at Hamilton 181304InstructionSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$18.00
Teen Club at Hamilton 181383OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 23:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$4.00
Teen Leadership Connection at Hamilton 181444InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Urban Moves at Hamilton 181934InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$6.00
Urban Moves at Hamilton 181933InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Hamilton 195119OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7pm
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
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
$0
Adult Swim at Hamilton 195119OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7pm
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
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
$0
Adult Swim at Hamilton 195119OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7pm
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
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
$0
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Hamilton 195318InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/28 18:00From June 28, 2017 to July 26, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Cultural Camp at Hamilton 195538CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 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
$65.00
Dance Camp at Hamilton 195563CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$13.00
Early Bird Camp at Hamilton 195756CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 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
$11.00
Early Bird Camp at Hamilton 195757CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 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
$11.00
Family Swim at Hamilton 195916OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 20:00From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Hamilton 195916OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 20:00From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Hamilton 195916OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 20:00From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Hamilton 196245Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/06/27 19:00From June 27, 2017 to July 27, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Leadership Camp at Hamilton 196390CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/06/26 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
$16.00
Learn to Swim at Hamilton 196501InstructionAquatics - 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 Hamilton 196506InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hamilton 196503InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hamilton 196502InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/25 19:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hamilton 196499InstructionAquatics - 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 Hamilton 196504InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hamilton 196500InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 18:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hamilton 196505InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 19:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Hamilton 196692OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Open Swim at Hamilton 196692OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Open Swim at Hamilton 196691OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 21:00From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Hamilton 197165InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$35.00
Teen Camp at Hamilton 197200CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 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
$32.00
Teen Swim at Hamilton 197283OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Youth Swim at Hamilton 197697OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 21:00From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Youth Swim at Hamilton 197697OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 21:00From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Youth Swim at Hamilton 197697OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 21:00From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0

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Located in the Englewood community, Hamilton Park & Cultural Center totals 29.95 acres and features two gymnasiums, an auditorium, dance studio, archery range and a multi-purpose room. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, baseball/softball diamonds, basketball, handball, and tennis courts, playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, auditorium, fields, dance studio and multi-purpose room.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, aerobics and Pilates. On the cultural side, Hamilton Park offers ballet, jazz and hip hop dance classes. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer youth can participate in the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Hamilton Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as our annual jazz concert.

The South Park Commission created Hamilton Park in 1904 as part of a revolutionary system of neighborhood parks providing relief to Chicago's congested tenement districts. The city's existing parks were far away from the noisy, overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods in the center of the city. Superintendent J. Frank Foster envisioned a new type of park that would not only provide beautifully landscaped "breathing spaces," but also a variety of services and educational functions. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Company designed the entire system of new parks. The first ten neighborhood parks opened to the public in 1905. Of the ten parks, Hamilton was the only one named for a national political figure. It honors Alexander Hamilton (1755-?1804), advisor to George Washington and first secretary of the U.S. Treasury, who was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. The theme of national political history is beautifully conveyed in the Hamilton Park fieldhouse murals, executed by noted Chicago artist, John Warner Norton. The other nine parks, Sherman, Ogden, Palmer, and Bessemer Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour and Cornell Squares, were named for figures who were significant to the development of Chicago.

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