Mandrake Park

  • 3858 S. Cottage Grove Avenue   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Sidney Lewis
  • 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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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
Basketball - Open at Mandrake 222085OpenSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$10.00
Inner City Flag Football at Mandrake 224338InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Mandrake 207099InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 2017
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
$55.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Mandrake 207153Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$165.00
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 207434InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 207435InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Mandrake 207566OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Senior Dance at Mandrake 207582InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance55 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Sewing at Mandrake 225599InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2017/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Sports Conditioning - Basketball at Mandrake 224336InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Sports Conditioning at Mandrake 224337InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Mandrake 207992OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Mandrake 211784OpenSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2018/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
$10.00
Basketball League at Mandrake 228176Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Mandrake 228177InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 18:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Inner City Basketball at Mandrake 212719Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2018 to March 29, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Mandrake 213357InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$55.00
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 213607InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 213608InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Mandrake 213746OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2018/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$0
Senior Dance at Mandrake 228175InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Table Games at Mandrake 228178OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2018/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 11:30am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 2pm
$0
Teen Club at Mandrake 226594OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2018/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Mandrake 219284InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$55.00

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Description

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.