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.

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.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Mandrake 172089OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 18:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$0
Basketball at Mandrake 172088InstructionSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
$12.00
Boot Camp Partnership at Mandrake 187801PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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
Game Room at Mandrake 172988OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Mandrake 173364Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 12Male2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Line Dance at Mandrake 172481InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$4.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Mandrake 187802PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense15 and upCoed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Mandrake 174019InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 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
$52.00
Seasonal Sports at Mandrake 174280InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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 174281InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Mandrake 174408OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$0
Teen Club at Mandrake 174790OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$8.00

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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.