Marquette Park

  • 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60629 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Doug Borders
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6469

Located in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, Marquette Park totals 323 acres and features two gymnasiums, an auditorium, woodshop, Martin Luther King, Jr. kiosk, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include a community garden, rose garden, prairie, and 500 newly planted trees. Outside, the park offers four multi-purpose fields, an artificial turf field, 9 hole golf course, lagoon, driving range, basketball and tennis courts, two playgrounds, baseball fields, spray pool, and the Darius Monument. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, auditorium, fields, and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Therapeutic Recreation, woodshop, cheerleading, gymnastics, and Cubs Care Baseball.During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Cheerleading/Gymnastics Camp, and Special Recreation Night Camp.

In addition to programs, Marquette Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family such as holiday-themed events.

History

Marquette Park pays tribute to Father Jacques Marquette (1637-1675), the famous French Jesuit missionary and explorer. At more than 300 acres in size, it is the largest of the revolutionary neighborhood parks created by the South Park Commission in the early 20th century. Superintendent J. Frank Foster conceived the new parks as beautifully landscaped "breathing spaces" that would provide educational and social services to the city's congested immigrant neighborhoods. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers created plans for the entire system of 14 new parks in 1903. The firm's impressive scheme for Marquette Park included a golf course on two islands surrounded by naturalistic lagoons; indoor and outdoor gymnasiums; swimming and wading pools; a children's playground; formal gardens; and a concert grove. Although the first 10 neighborhood parks opened to the public in 1905, due to drainage problems and the site's large size, Marquette Park's improvements occurred slowly, often deviating from the original plan. Two of the park's earliest features were its 18-hole golf course and a nursery of nearly 90,000 trees and shrubs. The commissioners soon began converting existing frame houses and out-buildings on the site to park uses such as a warming shelter for skaters and a small fieldhouse. By 1917, the park included playing fields, a children's playground, tennis courts, propagating houses for the nursery, and a large, classically-designed golf shelter. In 1934, Marquette Park became part of the Chicago Park District when the city's 22 park commissions were consolidated into a single agency. Using federal relief funds, the park district soon converted the golf shelter into a more substantial fieldhouse, and built comfort stations, and a series of footbridges leading to the islands. Through public subscription in 1935, an Art Deco-style monument commemorating Lithuanian-American aviators Darius and Girenas was installed in Marquette Park.

Parking/Directions

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

Marquette Basketball

Marquette Basketball

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Park

Marquette Park

Location Notes: 6734 S. Kedzie

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Edible

Marquette Park - Arcos Tacos

Marquette Park - Arcos Tacos

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773)501-4465

Marquette Park - Concession Maria

Marquette Park - Concession Maria

Location: 6734 S. Kedzie Ave

Hours:

Phone: (773)957-2560

Marquette Cultural Center

Marquette Cultural Center

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie

Marquette Fieldhouse

Marquette Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Hours: ,

Marquette Fishing Area

Marquette Fishing Area

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Weight Room

Marquette Weight Room

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Football/Soccer

Marquette Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 7100 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Football/Soccer - Turf

Marquette Football/Soccer - Turf

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures

Marquette Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures

Location Notes: California & Kedzie

Marquette Gymnasium

Marquette Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Notes: 1 Large, 1 Small

Marquette Horseshoe

Marquette Horseshoe

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Lagoons and Ponds

Marquette Lagoons and Ponds

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Notes: Marquette Park Lagoon

Marquette Auditorium & Clubrooms

Marquette Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Playground

Marquette PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Marquette Ashburn Prairie

Marquette Ashburn Prairie

Location Notes: 6735 S. Kedzie Ave.

Notes: Ashburn Prairie

Marquette Park Golf Course

Marquette Park Golf Course

Location Notes: 6734 S. Kedzie Ave.

Notes: Marquette Park Golf Course

Marquette Running Track

Marquette Running Track

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Tennis Court

Marquette Tennis Court

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Volleyball

Marquette Volleyball

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Spray Pool

Marquette Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Woodshop

Marquette Woodshop

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Winter Programs

Click on the Winter tab below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

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
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Marquette 95878InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts8 and upCoed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 95916InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 95915InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Arts@Play at Marquette 112739InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 112624InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Marquette 96023OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Marquette 96022OpenSports - Basketball20 and upMale2015/01/06 01:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$14.00
Basketball at Marquette 96088InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Marquette 96225InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:45From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 5:45pm
$0
Cooking (Special Recreation) at Marquette 96309InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Fun with Food at Marquette 112626InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Gymnastics (Special Recreation) at Marquette 96682InstructionGymnastics - Competitive8 and upCoed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 7pm
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Marquette 96796InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Marquette 96959InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Leisure Education (Special Rec) at Marquette 97037InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$10.00
Mighty Fit Kids (Special Rec) at Marquette 97071InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$5.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Marquette 97072InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 01:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Mixed Style Dance Partnership at Marquette 97092PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:15From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$10.00
Music (Special Recreation) at Marquette 97200InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAnyCoed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Powerlifting (Special Recreation) at Marquette 97557InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 18 but less than 25Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 112622InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 112621InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 23:15From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 97601InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Rugby at Marquette 97641InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Marquette 97747InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Female2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Marquette 97748InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Male2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Marquette 97749InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 13Male2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Soccer at Marquette 97876InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Marquette 97907InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Marquette 97921InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$15.00
Tap & Ballet at Marquette 97991InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 23:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Team Gymnastics at Marquette 112625InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 16Female2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Tennis at Marquette 112623InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Touch Football at Marquette 98193InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Volleyball at Marquette 98290InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/01/08 02:15From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8:15pm to 9:30pm
Each Friday from 8:15pm to 9:30pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 98344InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 98342InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$30.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 98343InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking35 and upCoed2015/01/07 15:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$30.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 98341InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAnyCoed2015/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Marquette 102472InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts8 and upCoed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 102512InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 102514InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 102513InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 14 but less than 20Coed2015/04/02 22:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 104347InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 22:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 121784InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Marquette 102597InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/10 21:00From April 10, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Marquette 102653OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 31Male2015/03/30 18:30From March 30, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$11.00
Basketball at Marquette 102708InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$16.00
Basketball League at Marquette 102652Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/03/31 00:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$153.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Marquette 102783InstructionSports - BowlingAnyCoed2015/03/31 23:20From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:20pm to 8:20pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Cooking (Special Recreation) at Marquette 102868InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2015/04/01 21:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Creative Drama Partnership at Marquette 102876InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 10 but less than 19Coed2015/04/16 23:30From April 16, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Marquette 104049InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/04/02 22:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$6.00
Fun with Food at Marquette 121785InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Golf (Special Recreation) at Marquette 103143InstructionSports - Golf8 and upCoed2015/05/14 21:30From May 14, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$6.00
Gymnastics (Special Recreation) at Marquette 103161InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 8 but less than 9Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 7pm
$11.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Marquette 103380InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2015/04/02 21:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Leisure Education(Special Recreation) at Marquette 103474InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAnyCoed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$11.00
Little Artists at Marquette 121786InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 22:15From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Mighty Fit Kids (Special Rec) at Marquette 103498InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Marquette 129531InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2015/03/31 00:15From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8pm
$11.00
Outdoor Tennis at Marquette 103753InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Powerlifting (Special Recreation) at Marquette 103874InstructionSports - Weightlifting16 and upCoed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 103907InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 103906InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Marquette 104048InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Male2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Marquette 104047InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 15Female2015/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Sewing at Marquette 129532InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Soccer at Marquette 104196InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Soccer at Marquette 104197InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Marquette 104233InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Marquette 104244InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$16.00
Team Tumbling at Marquette 104379InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/03/30 22:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$16.00
Volleyball at Marquette 104661InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/04/02 01:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9:30pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9:30pm
$16.00
Woodcraft (Special Recreation) at Marquette 104698InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 104703InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 104704InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$31.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 104705InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking35 and upCoed2015/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$31.00

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Located in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, Marquette Park totals 323 acres and features two gymnasiums, an auditorium, woodshop, Martin Luther King, Jr. kiosk, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include a community garden, rose garden, prairie, and 500 newly planted trees. Outside, the park offers four multi-purpose fields, an artificial turf field, 9 hole golf course, lagoon, driving range, basketball and tennis courts, two playgrounds, baseball fields, spray pool, and the Darius Monument. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, auditorium, fields, and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Therapeutic Recreation, woodshop, cheerleading, gymnastics, and Cubs Care Baseball.During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Cheerleading/Gymnastics Camp, and Special Recreation Night Camp.

In addition to programs, Marquette Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family such as holiday-themed events.

Marquette Park pays tribute to Father Jacques Marquette (1637-1675), the famous French Jesuit missionary and explorer. At more than 300 acres in size, it is the largest of the revolutionary neighborhood parks created by the South Park Commission in the early 20th century. Superintendent J. Frank Foster conceived the new parks as beautifully landscaped "breathing spaces" that would provide educational and social services to the city's congested immigrant neighborhoods. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers created plans for the entire system of 14 new parks in 1903. The firm's impressive scheme for Marquette Park included a golf course on two islands surrounded by naturalistic lagoons; indoor and outdoor gymnasiums; swimming and wading pools; a children's playground; formal gardens; and a concert grove. Although the first 10 neighborhood parks opened to the public in 1905, due to drainage problems and the site's large size, Marquette Park's improvements occurred slowly, often deviating from the original plan. Two of the park's earliest features were its 18-hole golf course and a nursery of nearly 90,000 trees and shrubs. The commissioners soon began converting existing frame houses and out-buildings on the site to park uses such as a warming shelter for skaters and a small fieldhouse. By 1917, the park included playing fields, a children's playground, tennis courts, propagating houses for the nursery, and a large, classically-designed golf shelter. In 1934, Marquette Park became part of the Chicago Park District when the city's 22 park commissions were consolidated into a single agency. Using federal relief funds, the park district soon converted the golf shelter into a more substantial fieldhouse, and built comfort stations, and a series of footbridges leading to the islands. Through public subscription in 1935, an Art Deco-style monument commemorating Lithuanian-American aviators Darius and Girenas was installed in Marquette Park.

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