Mandrake Park

  • 3858 S. Cottage Grove Avenue   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
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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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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 League at Mandrake 165189Team_LeagueSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2016/09/26 23:00From September 26, 2016 to November 16, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$250.00
Boot Camp Partnership at Mandrake 185254PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Friday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Drumline Partnership at Mandrake 185255PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicLess than 21Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 5pm
$50.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Mandrake 185253PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense15 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Mandrake 167301InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$52.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Mandrake 167362Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$156.00
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 167782InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 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
$0
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 167783InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 185251InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Mandrake 167921OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Senior Dance at Mandrake 168173InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance55 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$27.00
Teen Club at Mandrake 168296OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$17.00

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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.