Mandrake Park

  • 3858 S. Cottage Grove Avenue 901 E. Pershing Road  Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Ivan Simmons
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-9938

This playground 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.

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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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Descriptors: Monument

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 Playgrounds

Location Notes: 900 E. Pershing Rd.

Mandrake Tennis Courts

Mandrake Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 900 E. Pershing Rd.

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 Mandrake 111103Activity_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 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
$150.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Mandrake 113473OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Mandrake 113475OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:30From January 5, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 2pm
$0
Cardio Line Dance at Mandrake 113478InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 2pm
$5.00
Game Room - Open at Mandrake 113476OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Mandrake 111101InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$50.00
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 113470InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$0
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 113471InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Mandrake 113468OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$0
Teen Club at Mandrake 113467OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 22, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$5.00

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Description

This playground 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.