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.

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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 Tennis Courts

Harrison Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Harrison Volleyball

Harrison Volleyball

Location Notes: 1824 S. Wood St.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
16" Softball League at Harrison 94612Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$150.00
Basketball - Open at Harrison 92287OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$25.00
Basketball - Open at Harrison 92286OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Free
Basketball League at Harrison 93742Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom October 15, 2014 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 9:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:15pm to 9:30pm
$150.00
Bingo at Harrison 92978OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Boxing at Harrison 92481InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Free
Boxing at Harrison 92482InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Free
Boxing at Harrison 92483InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$40.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Harrison 92634InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 15FemaleFrom September 2, 2014 to January 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$75.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Harrison 92664InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAnyCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
$40.00
Flag Football at Harrison 92884InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to November 15, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 3pm
Free
Fun and Games at Harrison 92981InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$25.00
Fun and Games at Harrison 92980InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$25.00
Fun and Games at Harrison 92979InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
$8.00
High-Impact Aerobics at Harrison 93133InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Free
Kiddie College - Fall Session at Harrison 93493InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11am
$25.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Harrison 111080Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to June 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11am
$75.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 93607InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 93610InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 93612InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 93614InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 93611InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 93613InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 93606InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 93608InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Harrison 93609InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Harrison 94057InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$50.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Harrison 94124Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom 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
Seasonal Sports at Harrison 94375InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 10CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Harrison 94376InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 12CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Harrison 94374InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Harrison 94649InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 10CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Harrison 94651InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 12CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Harrison 94650InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Harrison 94471OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
Free
TEAM Sports at Harrison 94805InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 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 95120InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Harrison 95121InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Harrison 95119InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 112289InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95158InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95159InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95160InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95164InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95165InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95166InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95167InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95161InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95162InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95163InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Harrison 95157InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Volleyball - Open at Harrison 95375OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 8:45pm
$25.00
Yoga/Pilates at Harrison 95585InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 18 but less than 70CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Yoga/Pilates at Harrison 95586InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00

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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.