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.

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Marquette 162123InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts8 and upCoed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 162148InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 184950InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 162149InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 184019InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 162220InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Band at Marquette 162232InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$17.00
Basketball at Marquette 162260InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
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
$12.00
Basketball at Marquette 162324InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Basketball at Marquette 162325InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Male2016/09/21 00:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 9:30pm
$12.00
Basketball at Marquette 184949InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Male2016/09/23 00:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$12.00
Basketball League at Marquette 162402Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 10pm
$156.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Marquette 162491InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Cooking (Special Recreation) at Marquette 162583InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2016/09/21 21:45From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Marquette 184952InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$5.00
Creative Drama (Special Rec) at Marquette 162590InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAnyCoed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Dance - Modern Partnership at Marquette 184020InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$12.00
Dodgeball at Marquette 162667InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$7.00
Family Fun & Fitness (Special Rec) at Marquette 162718InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$7.00
Fun with Food at Marquette 162935InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 9 but less than 16Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Gymnastics (Special Recreation) at Marquette 162967InstructionGymnastics - Competitive8 and upCoed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Gymnastics at Marquette 162978InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Male2016/09/19 22:15From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$16.00
Indoor Soccer at Marquette 163061InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Knitting at Marquette 163213InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$12.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Marquette 163230InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2016/09/22 20:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
$12.00
Leisure Education (Special Rec) at Marquette 163342InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2016/09/24 15:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$12.00
Little Artists at Marquette 163356InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$12.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Marquette 184951InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 5Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Music Ensembles at Marquette 163471InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Powerlifting (Special Recreation) at Marquette 163722InstructionSports - Weightlifting18 and upCoed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 163832InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 163833InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Soccer at Marquette 164100InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$14.00
Soccer League at Marquette 164166Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/11/09 00:00From November 8, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm
$84.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Marquette 164187InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Marquette 164207InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 70Coed2016/09/28 23:30From September 28, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$17.00
Special Olympics Young Athletes at Marquette 164223InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 8Coed2016/10/15 14:30From October 15, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Team Tumbling at Marquette 164322InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Touch Football at Marquette 164514InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Woodcraft (Special Recreation) at Marquette 164679InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking16 and upCoed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$14.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 164683InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$14.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 164681InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$32.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 164682InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking35 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:30From September 21, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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
$32.00

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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.