Mandrake Park

  • 3858 S. Cottage Grove Avenue   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Ivan Simmons
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-9938

This park is located in the Oakland Community.   The park features a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, a running track and artificial turf multi-purpose athletic field. Fieldhouse programs are now being offered in the former Abraham Lincoln Center. The fieldhouse has meeting rooms, a large gymnasium, a performance auditorium and large kitchen. 

History

In the early 1990s, when the Chicago Department of Transportation undertook improvements to Pershing Road and Oakwood Boulevard, the Chicago Park District began planning a new park between the two parallel streets. Numerous public meetings were held to obtain the views of residents of Douglas to the north and Grand Boulevard to the south concerning how best to design the park to draw the two communities together. After acquiring the property in 1998, the Chicago Park District developed plans for a multi-purpose athletic field, a running track, and a landscaped border to buffer the park from traffic. Work on the park continues. The park honors Henry McNeil "Mandrake" Brown (1935-1996), who initiated grassroots efforts to eliminate alcohol- and tobacco-related billboards specifically targeting African-American and Latino children. Using the name Mandrake to shield his identity, Brown began whitewashing objectionable billboards in 1990. The first of these billboards was located at Oakwood Boulevard and Pershing Road. Brown's efforts became the basis for preventing Powere Master Malt Liquor from being marketed to African-Americans; removing 700 illegal billboards in Chicago through use of Chicago's zoning laws; and removing alcohol and tobacco billboards located within 500 feet of schools and churches. Brown also founded the Citywide Coalition Against Tobacco and Alcohol Billboards and the National Association for Positive Imagery.

Parking/Directions

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

Mandrake Baseball/Softball Fields

Mandrake Baseball/Softball Fields

Location Notes: 900 E. Pershing Rd.

Mandrake Basketball Courts - Outdoor

Mandrake Basketball Courts - Outdoor

Location Notes: 900 E. Pershing Rd.

Mandrake Kitchen Area

Mandrake Kitchen Area

Location Notes: 3858 S. Cottage Grove Avenue

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Mandrake Park Fieldhouse

Mandrake Park Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3858 S. Cottage Grove Avenue

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Mandrake Gymnasium

Mandrake Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3858 S. Cottage Grove Avenue

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Mandrake Dance Studio

Mandrake Dance Studio

Location Notes: 3858 S. Cottage Grove Avenue

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Mandrake Multipurpose Room

Mandrake Multipurpose Room

Location Notes: 3858 S. Cottage Grove Avenue

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Mandrake Playgrounds

Mandrake PlaygroundsAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Mandrake Tennis Courts

Mandrake Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 900 E. Pershing Rd.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Day Camp at Mandrake 156436CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$201.00
Day Camp at Mandrake 160105CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$201.00
Early Bird Camp at Mandrake 156552CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$60.00
Extended Camp at Mandrake 156640CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$60.00
Late Summer Camp at Mandrake 157016CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$133.00
Strength & Conditioning at Mandrake 158271InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoed2016/07/05 23:00From July 5, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$27.00
Teen Camp at Mandrake 158358CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$184.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Mandrake 158387Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/12 21:00From July 12, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Mandrake 158388Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/07/13 21:00From July 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0

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This park is located in the Oakland Community.   The park features a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, a running track and artificial turf multi-purpose athletic field. Fieldhouse programs are now being offered in the former Abraham Lincoln Center. The fieldhouse has meeting rooms, a large gymnasium, a performance auditorium and large kitchen. 

In the early 1990s, when the Chicago Department of Transportation undertook improvements to Pershing Road and Oakwood Boulevard, the Chicago Park District began planning a new park between the two parallel streets. Numerous public meetings were held to obtain the views of residents of Douglas to the north and Grand Boulevard to the south concerning how best to design the park to draw the two communities together. After acquiring the property in 1998, the Chicago Park District developed plans for a multi-purpose athletic field, a running track, and a landscaped border to buffer the park from traffic. Work on the park continues. The park honors Henry McNeil "Mandrake" Brown (1935-1996), who initiated grassroots efforts to eliminate alcohol- and tobacco-related billboards specifically targeting African-American and Latino children. Using the name Mandrake to shield his identity, Brown began whitewashing objectionable billboards in 1990. The first of these billboards was located at Oakwood Boulevard and Pershing Road. Brown's efforts became the basis for preventing Powere Master Malt Liquor from being marketed to African-Americans; removing 700 illegal billboards in Chicago through use of Chicago's zoning laws; and removing alcohol and tobacco billboards located within 500 feet of schools and churches. Brown also founded the Citywide Coalition Against Tobacco and Alcohol Billboards and the National Association for Positive Imagery.

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