Harrison Park

  • 1824 S. Wood St.   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tony Gonzales
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5491

Located in the Lower West Side community and the Pilsen Area, Harrison Park totals 17.39 acres and features a field house with a gymnastics center, indoor swimming pool, computer lab, reception rotunda featuring a bust of Emilo Zapata, meeting rooms and gymnasium. Adjacent to the National Museum for Mexican Art, outside, the park offers, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, athletic fields for football or soccer, a playground and community garden.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play soccer, baseball, tennis or go swimming at the facility. On the cultural side, Harrison Park offers many activities in conjunction with its neighbor, the National Museum for Mexican Art.

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include therapeutic recreation camps for children and adults.

In addition to programs, Harrison Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park, and holiday special events.

History

The West Park Commission created Harrison Park in 1912 to provide breathing space and social services to the overcrowded and industrialized lower west side. The commission's first three neighborhood parks, Dvorak, Eckhart, and Stanford Parks, were so successful that the State passed a bill permitting additional neighborhood parks in 1909. (Stanford Park no longer exists.) The Special Park Commission identified several potential park sites, including an eight-acre parcel previously used for lime production. The West Park Commission acquired the lime kiln site and renowned landscape designer Jens Jensen created the park's original plan. Swimming and wading pools and a natatorium building were constructed in 1914. Within the next several years, other recreational features including children's gardens were added, however, the park did not have a fieldhouse until 1928. In 1950, the Chicago Park District expanded the intensively-used small park by acquiring a stone quarry at its western boundary. During the following years, the neighborhood's Latino population grew, and in 1987, the natatorium was converted to the National Museum of Mexican Art. In 1993, a new state-of-the-art fieldhouse replaced the original facility. The park honors one of Chicago's most popular mayors, Carter H. Harrison, Sr. (1825-1893). A native Kentuckian who settled near Union Park, Harrison served as mayor for five terms between 1879 and 1893. He was assassinated by a disappointed office seeker late on the day of October 28, 1893. Ironically, the day had been designated Mayor's Day in Harrison's honor because it marked the closing of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago's first world's fair. There is a monument to Harrison in Union Park.

Parking/Directions

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

Harrison Diamond Baseball

Harrison Diamond Baseball

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Basketball

Harrison Basketball

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Boxing Room

Harrison Boxing Room

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Garden

Harrison Garden

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Harrison Park - Pilsen Grill

Harrison Park - Pilsen Grill

Location: 1824 S. Wood St.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)987-1944

Harrison Fieldhouse

Harrison Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Hours: , ,

Harrison Fitness Center

Harrison Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Notes: M-F 9am-9pm, Sat&Sun 11am-3pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Harrison Artificial Turf

Harrison Artificial Turf

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Football/Soccer

Harrison Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Gymnasium

Harrison Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Gymnastics Center

Harrison Gymnastics Center

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Clubrooms

Harrison Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Playground

Harrison Playground

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Park Pool

Harrison Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)746-9490

On February 7th, the pool will be closed to the public because Harrison Park will be hosting the "D" Alphabet swim meet. The Harrison Park Pool will also be closed to the public from 5-9 p.m. for American Red Cross' Waterfront Lifeguard Training Classes on April 30th- May 1st, May 5th-8th & May 12th-15th.

Notice Valid From: 1/26/2015 - 5/16/2015

3/23 – 3/29 Harrision Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 3/17/2015 - 3/30/2015

3/30-6/7 Harrison Pool Spring Schedule

Notice Valid From: 3/29/2015 - 6/7/2015

Harrison Tennis Courts

Harrison Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Volleyball

Harrison Volleyball

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood 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 Tuesday, April 14, 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
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Harrison 111080Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2014/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2014 to June 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11am
$75.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Harrison 94124Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$150.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Harrison 105244OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2015/03/31 00:15From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 8:30am to 10am
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Harrison 105245OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Harrison 105398Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/05/07 00:00From May 6, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
$153.00
Boxing at Harrison 105495InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 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
$0
Boxing at Harrison 105496InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Boxing at Harrison 105497InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$41.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Harrison 105665InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$75.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Harrison 105686InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2015/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 6pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 6pm
Each Friday from Noon to 6pm
$41.00
Family Swim at Harrison 105833OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Fun and Games at Harrison 105936InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$31.00
Fun and Games at Harrison 105935InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$31.00
Fun and Games at Harrison 105937InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Gymnastics at Harrison 129764InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Kiddie College - Spring Session at Harrison 111082InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11am
$26.00
Lap Swim at Harrison 130827OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 106444InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 106440InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 106442InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 106443InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 106441InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 106436InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 106437InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 106439InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 106438InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Harrison 105938InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
$9.00
Open Swim at Harrison 106839OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Harrison 106975InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 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
$51.00
PRE Lap Swim at Harrison 130828OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/03/23 14:00From March 23, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$40.00
PRE Open Swim at Harrison 129635OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/03/23 19:00From March 23, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
PRE Parent and Tot Swim at Harrison 129637OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/03/23 16:00From March 23, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
PRE Senior Swim at Harrison 129639OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/03/24 14:00From March 24, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10:15am
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Harrison 129650OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/23 15:00From March 23, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Harrison 107228InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Harrison 107229InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 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
$0
Seasonal Sports at Harrison 107230InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Harrison 107317InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Harrison 107318InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Harrison 107319InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Harrison 107378OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Senior Swim at Harrison 106835OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10:15am
$0
Spring Break Camp at Harrison 107597CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/04/06 14:00From April 6, 2015 to April 10, 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
$41.00
Step Aerobics at Harrison 106559InstructionWellness - AerobicsAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
TEAM Sports at Harrison 107783InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Harrison 108002InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Harrison 108001InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Harrison 108000InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/04/04 15:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108046InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108036InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108037InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 19:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108038InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 20:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108042InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108043InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 16:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108044InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 19:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108045InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 20:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108039InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108040InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108041InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 108035InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$32.00
Volleyball - Open at Harrison 108277OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 8:45pm
$26.00
Yoga/Pilates at Harrison 108431InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00
Yoga/Pilates at Harrison 108432InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00

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Located in the Lower West Side community and the Pilsen Area, Harrison Park totals 17.39 acres and features a field house with a gymnastics center, indoor swimming pool, computer lab, reception rotunda featuring a bust of Emilo Zapata, meeting rooms and gymnasium. Adjacent to the National Museum for Mexican Art, outside, the park offers, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, athletic fields for football or soccer, a playground and community garden.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play soccer, baseball, tennis or go swimming at the facility. On the cultural side, Harrison Park offers many activities in conjunction with its neighbor, the National Museum for Mexican Art.

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include therapeutic recreation camps for children and adults.

In addition to programs, Harrison Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park, and holiday special events.

The West Park Commission created Harrison Park in 1912 to provide breathing space and social services to the overcrowded and industrialized lower west side. The commission's first three neighborhood parks, Dvorak, Eckhart, and Stanford Parks, were so successful that the State passed a bill permitting additional neighborhood parks in 1909. (Stanford Park no longer exists.) The Special Park Commission identified several potential park sites, including an eight-acre parcel previously used for lime production. The West Park Commission acquired the lime kiln site and renowned landscape designer Jens Jensen created the park's original plan. Swimming and wading pools and a natatorium building were constructed in 1914. Within the next several years, other recreational features including children's gardens were added, however, the park did not have a fieldhouse until 1928. In 1950, the Chicago Park District expanded the intensively-used small park by acquiring a stone quarry at its western boundary. During the following years, the neighborhood's Latino population grew, and in 1987, the natatorium was converted to the National Museum of Mexican Art. In 1993, a new state-of-the-art fieldhouse replaced the original facility. The park honors one of Chicago's most popular mayors, Carter H. Harrison, Sr. (1825-1893). A native Kentuckian who settled near Union Park, Harrison served as mayor for five terms between 1879 and 1893. He was assassinated by a disappointed office seeker late on the day of October 28, 1893. Ironically, the day had been designated Mayor's Day in Harrison's honor because it marked the closing of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago's first world's fair. There is a monument to Harrison in Union Park.

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