Mann Park

  • 3035 E. 130th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60633 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Laura Casey
  • Park Phone: (773) 646-0210
Mann Park pool is closed for maintenance. Upon completion, a reopening date will be posted.

Located in the Hegewisch community, Mann Park totals 20 acres and features two gymnasiums, an indoor swimming pool and woodshop. A green feature of our park includes a Harvest Garden. Outside, the park offers seven ball fields, tennis and volleyball courts, playground, and a roller hockey court. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, ball fields, and multi-purpose room.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, woodshop, fitness classes and aquatics. During the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Mann Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, and other holiday-themed events.

History

In 1883, Achilles Hegewisch determined to establish an "ideal workingman's community" at the south end of Lake Calumet. He moved his United States Rolling Stock Company to the area, built worker housing, and encouraged other industrialists to do the same. Unfortunately, Hegewisch's death in the 1890s pushed the area into decline. Hoping to better the community's prospects, civic groups in 1907 lobbied the South Park Commission to develop a neighborhood park. The following year, the commission purchased the 20 acres that would become Mann Park. The property was one of four sites the commission acquired at the time to expand its revolutionary system of neighborhood parks, the first ten of which had opened in 1905 (another four had been temporarily delayed). The original ten, with their innovative fieldhouses, were an immediate success. In 1910, the South Park Commission hired the Olmsted Brothers, landscape designers for the previous neighborhood parks, to lay out the four new parks. Although the commission chose not to use these plans, in-house designers developed a new set of plans inspired by them. The plan for Mann Park was virtually identical to those implemented at the three other parks, Grand Crossing, Trumbull, and Tuley Parks. Filling and grading began at once and improvements soon followed, however, the Olmsted-inspired plan was never fully realized at Mann Park. The park's fieldhouse was not completed until 1934, the year the Chicago Park District took over. With its ecclectic style and red tile roof, the Mann Park fieldhouse was very different from the earlier classical buildings at Trumbull and Grand Crossing Parks. Originally known as Hegewisch Park, this park was designated Mann Park in 1922. James R. Mann (1856-1922) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1897 until his death in 1922. Prior to his election, Mann had served as attorney for the South Park Commission.

Parking/Directions

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

Mann Diamonds

Mann Diamonds

Location Notes: 3035 E. 130st St.

Mann Fieldhouse

Mann Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3035 E. 130st St.

Hours: , ,

Mann Football/Soccer

Mann Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 3035 E. 130st St.

Descriptors: Grass

Mann Gymnasium

Mann Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3035 E. 130st St.

Mann Clubrooms

Mann Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3035 E. 130st St.

Mann Playground

Mann PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Chicago Plays! Renovation, Spring 2016

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Mann Park Pool

Mann Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 3035 E. 130st St.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773)646-0265

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift

Mann Pool is closed for maintenance until further notice.

Notice Valid From: 10/11/2016 - 5/31/2017

Mann Tennis Courts

Mann Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 3035 E. 130st St.

Mann Spray Pool

Mann Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3035 E. 130st St.

Mann Woodshop

Mann Woodshop

Location Notes: 3035 E. 130st St.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 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
Volleyball League at Mann 168972Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/10/11 23:30From October 11, 2016 to March 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$208.00
Volleyball League at Mann 168973Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upFemale2016/10/12 23:30From October 12, 2016 to March 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$208.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
TEAM Sports at Mann 174750InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$35.00
Volleyball League at Mann 175373Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 12Female2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to April 24, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$84.00
Volleyball League at Mann 175374Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 16Female2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to April 21, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 7:30pm
$84.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
12" Slow Pitch Softball League at Mann 178128Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemale2017/05/25 00:00From May 24, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$175.00
16" Softball League at Mann 178147Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/05/23 23:30From May 23, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$175.00
Adult Swim at Mann 193264OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Monday from 8:15am to 9:45am
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 8:15am to 9:45am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8:15am to 9:45am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 8:15am to 9:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 8:15am to 9:45am
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Mann 192950InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Mann 193250InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Mann 193245InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Mann 193246InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Mann 193251InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Mann 193247InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Mann 193248InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Mann 193252InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Archery (Special Recreation) at Mann 192909InstructionSports - Archery21 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$9.00
Art & ABCs at Mann 178356InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 18:15From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Mann 178372InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts8 and upCoed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$9.00
Badminton at Mann 192915InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at Mann 178515Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Male2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$14.00
Basketball - Open at Mann 178585OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
$26.00
Basketball at Mann 193727InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Mann 178814InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/04/05 20:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Cooking (Special Recreation) at Mann 179008InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help17 and upCoed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, May 5, 2016
$9.00
Dodgeball at Mann 179132InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Dodgeball at Mann 193719InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Family Swim at Mann 193263OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Fitness (Special Recreation) at Mann Cancelled179236InstructionWellness - Fitness8 and upCoed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Mann 179283InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Floor Hockey at Mann 193718InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/04/07 20:45From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Fun and Games at Mann 179324InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
Fun and Games at Mann 193720InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 19:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Fun and Games at Mann 192904InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 18:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
Learn to Swim (Special Recreation) at Mann 193728InstructionAquatics - LessonsAnyCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$9.00
Learn to Swim at Mann 193258InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mann 193259InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mann 193260InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mann 193261InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mann 193262InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Mann 193724InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/05 19:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Mann 180054InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$39.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Mann 193721InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/03 17:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Mann 193722InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 17:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
NERF Soccer at Mann 193723InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/05 18:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Mann 193249OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Powerlifting (Special Recreation) at Mann 180637InstructionSports - Weightlifting17 and upCoed2017/04/06 19:00From April 6, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$9.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Mann 180855InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Mann 180907OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 30, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$0
Senior Swim at Mann 197917OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Mann 181109InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs21 and upCoed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$9.00
Special Olympics Bocce at Mann 181114InstructionSports - Bocce17 and upCoed2017/04/07 20:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$9.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Mann 181127InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$9.00
Special Olympics Softball at Mann 192914InstructionSports - Softball8 and upCoed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$9.00
Special Olympics Tennis at Mann 198373InstructionSports - Tennis8 and upCoed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Storytime at Mann 192902InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$0
Storytime at Mann 193717InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 16:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$0
Swim Team (Special Recreation) at Mann 198374InstructionAquatics - Lessons17 and upCoed2017/04/07 20:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
T-Ball at Mann 181271InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/05/15 22:00From May 15, 2017 to June 21, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
$39.00
T-Ball at Mann 181272InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to May 15, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
T-Ball at Mann 181273InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to May 10, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
TEAM Sports at Mann 181350InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Swim at Mann 193267OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Mann 193253InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Mann 193254InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 16:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Mann 193255InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 20:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Mann 193256InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Mann 193257InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Track & Field (Special Rec) at Mann 181791InstructionSports - Track & Field17 and upCoed2017/04/06 20:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$9.00
Veterans Archery at Mann 181962InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Veterans Judo at Mann 181963InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense18 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Volleyball - Open at Mann 181988OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/04/07 23:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Volleyball League at Mann 193725Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$100.00
Volleyball League at Mann 193726Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upFemale2017/04/05 23:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$100.00
Walking Club (Special Recreation) at Mann 182015InstructionWellness - Walking17 and upCoed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 6, 2016
$0
Woodcraft (Special Recreation) at Mann 182057InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking8 and upCoed2017/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
$9.00
Woodcraft at Mann 182080InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
$29.00
Woodcraft at Mann 182079InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$14.00
Zumba (Special Recreation) at Mann 182190InstructionWellness - Fitness8 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$9.00

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Description

Located in the Hegewisch community, Mann Park totals 20 acres and features two gymnasiums, an indoor swimming pool and woodshop. A green feature of our park includes a Harvest Garden. Outside, the park offers seven ball fields, tennis and volleyball courts, playground, and a roller hockey court. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, ball fields, and multi-purpose room.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, woodshop, fitness classes and aquatics. During the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Mann Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, and other holiday-themed events.

In 1883, Achilles Hegewisch determined to establish an "ideal workingman's community" at the south end of Lake Calumet. He moved his United States Rolling Stock Company to the area, built worker housing, and encouraged other industrialists to do the same. Unfortunately, Hegewisch's death in the 1890s pushed the area into decline. Hoping to better the community's prospects, civic groups in 1907 lobbied the South Park Commission to develop a neighborhood park. The following year, the commission purchased the 20 acres that would become Mann Park. The property was one of four sites the commission acquired at the time to expand its revolutionary system of neighborhood parks, the first ten of which had opened in 1905 (another four had been temporarily delayed). The original ten, with their innovative fieldhouses, were an immediate success. In 1910, the South Park Commission hired the Olmsted Brothers, landscape designers for the previous neighborhood parks, to lay out the four new parks. Although the commission chose not to use these plans, in-house designers developed a new set of plans inspired by them. The plan for Mann Park was virtually identical to those implemented at the three other parks, Grand Crossing, Trumbull, and Tuley Parks. Filling and grading began at once and improvements soon followed, however, the Olmsted-inspired plan was never fully realized at Mann Park. The park's fieldhouse was not completed until 1934, the year the Chicago Park District took over. With its ecclectic style and red tile roof, the Mann Park fieldhouse was very different from the earlier classical buildings at Trumbull and Grand Crossing Parks. Originally known as Hegewisch Park, this park was designated Mann Park in 1922. James R. Mann (1856-1922) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1897 until his death in 1922. Prior to his election, Mann had served as attorney for the South Park Commission.
For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.