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

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  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, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Bocce (Special Recreation) at Marquette 193965InstructionSports - Bocce8 and upCoed2017/08/22 21:30From August 22, 2017 to September 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Special Olympics Soccer at Marquette 194783InstructionSports - Soccer8 and upCoed2017/08/15 22:15From August 15, 2017 to September 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$8.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Marquette 202235InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts8 and upCoed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 202260InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 202262InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 202313InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 202312InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$15.00
Basketball at Marquette 202424InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:30From September 11, 2017 to November 16, 2017
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
$13.00
Basketball at Marquette 202425InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Basketball at Marquette 202426InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Male2017/09/13 00:45From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 9:30pm
$13.00
Basketball League at Marquette 202491Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 10pm
$165.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Marquette 202561InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 19, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Cooking (Special Recreation) at Marquette 202658InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2017/09/13 21:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6:30pm
$13.00
Go Girl Go at Marquette 221213InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 17Female2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Gymnastics (Special Recreation) at Marquette 203050InstructionGymnastics - Competitive8 and upCoed2017/09/11 19:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Knitting at Marquette 203276InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$13.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Marquette 203293InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$13.00
Leisure Education (Special Rec) at Marquette 203393InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2017/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$13.00
Little Artists at Marquette 203407InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Moms, Pops & Tots (Special Rec) at Marquette 221098InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 7Coed2017/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$0
Music (Special Recreation) at Marquette 221100InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 70Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Music at Marquette 202322InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$18.00
Music Ensembles at Marquette 203532InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$18.00
Powerlifting (Special Recreation) at Marquette 203757InstructionSports - Weightlifting18 and upCoed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 203800InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 221210InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 16Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 203801InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Soccer at Marquette 203132InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Soccer at Marquette 221211InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Soccer at Marquette 204070InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$14.00
Soccer League at Marquette 204131Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/10/31 23:00From October 31, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm
$100.00
Soccer League at Marquette 221212Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/02 00:00From December 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018
Each Friday from 6pm to 10pm
$100.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Marquette 204151InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Marquette 204174InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 70Coed2017/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$18.00
Special Olympics Young Athletes at Marquette 221099InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 8Coed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Team Tumbling at Marquette 204299InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$18.00
Touch Football at Marquette 204501InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Marquette 204661CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 70Coed2017/12/13 22:00December 13, 2017
Wednesday from 4pm to 9pm
$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.