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 Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures

Marquette Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures

Location Notes: California & Kedzie

Darius and Girenas Memorial

Darius and Girenas Memorial (1)

Location Notes: North of S. California Avenue and west of W. 67th Street

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Pipe Baskets

Pipe Baskets (1)

Location Notes: Marquette Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Marquette Basketball

Marquette Basketball

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Marquette Park

Marquette Park

Location Notes: 6734 S. Kedzie

Notes: Community Garden

Marquette Park - Arcos Tacos

Marquette Park - Arcos Tacos

Location: 6734 S. Kedzie Ave

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)501-4465

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Marquette Park - Concession Maria

Marquette Park - Concession Maria

Location: 6734 S. Kedzie Ave

Hours:

Phone: (773)957-2560

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

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.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Marquette Football/Soccer - Turf

Marquette Football/Soccer - Turf

Location Notes: 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Golf Facilities

Golf Facilities

Location: 6700 S. Kedzie Avenue

Phone: (866) 223-5564

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 - NW

Marquette Playground - NWAccessible

Location: 3450 W. Marquette Rd.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Marquette Playground - SE

Marquette Playground - SEAccessible

Location: 2900 W. 71st St.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Marquette Park Golf Course

Marquette Park Golf Course

Location Notes: 6734 S. Kedzie Ave.

Notes: Marquette Park Golf Course

Marquette Ashburn Prairie

Marquette Ashburn Prairie

Location Notes: 6735 S. Kedzie Ave.

Notes: Ashburn Prairie

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.

Events

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Bocce (Special Recreation) at Marquette 154509InstructionSports - Bocce8 and upCoed2016/08/23 22:00From August 23, 2016 to September 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$7.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Marquette 154580CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 22Coed2016/07/05 14:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$145.00
Day Camp at Marquette 154643CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$258.00
Fishing League at Marquette 154790Individual_LeagueOutdoor & Environment - EventAt least 10 but less than 18Coed2016/06/27 20:00From June 27, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$7.00
Fishing League at Marquette 154791Individual_LeagueOutdoor & Environment - Event18 and upCoed2016/06/27 23:00From June 27, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$7.00
Night Camp (Special Recreation) at Marquette 155115CampsCamps - General Interest16 and upCoed2016/07/05 20:30From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 8pm
$109.00
Play Camp at Marquette Cancelled155232CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$102.00
Special Olympics Soccer at Marquette 159036InstructionSports - Soccer8 and upCoed2016/08/23 23:00From August 23, 2016 to September 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$7.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Marquette 155709Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/12 21:00From July 12, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Marquette 155708Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/07/13 21:00From July 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0

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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.