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.

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
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
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Marquette 189735CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 70Coed2016/12/20 22:00December 20, 2016
Tuesday from 4pm to 9pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Leadership Club (Special Rec) at Marquette 169214InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 22 but less than 60Coed2017/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$22.00
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Marquette 169322InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts8 and upCoed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 169354InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 187554InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Arts & Crafts Workshop - Family at Marquette 169390InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 169401InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 169402InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Band at Marquette 187555InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$18.00
Basketball - Open at Marquette 169447OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2017 to March 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 - Open at Marquette 169446OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/10 01:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$17.00
Basketball at Marquette 169509InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Marquette 169662InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to April 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 5:45pm
$0
Cooking (Special Recreation) at Marquette 169755InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2017/01/11 22:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Marquette 170342InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$13.00
Fun with Food at Marquette 170043InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Gymnastics (Special Recreation) at Marquette 170079InstructionGymnastics - Competitive8 and upCoed2017/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Gymnastics at Marquette 170102InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Gymnastics at Marquette 170101InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Indoor Soccer at Marquette 170215InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Knitting at Marquette 187557InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$6.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Marquette 170357InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2017/01/12 21:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Leisure Education (Special Rec) at Marquette 170454InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2017/01/14 16:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$13.00
Mighty Fit Kids (Special Rec) at Marquette 170478InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$8.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Marquette 188608InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$5.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Marquette 188609InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2017/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$5.00
Music (Special Recreation) at Marquette 170558InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Music and Movement Partnership at Marquette 170577InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 20, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$13.00
Music Ensembles at Marquette 187556InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 Friday from 10am to Noon
$18.00
Powerlifting (Special Recreation) at Marquette 170787InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 18 but less than 50Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Senior Citizens Club at Marquette 188610OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/18 15:00From January 18, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Wednesday from 9am to Noon on the 1st, 3rd weeks of each month
$0
Soccer at Marquette 171051InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Marquette 171108InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Special Olympics Floor Hockey at Marquette 186818InstructionSports - Floor Hockey8 and upCoed2017/02/09 00:00From February 8, 2017 to March 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Marquette 171129InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$18.00
Special Olympics Young Athletes at Marquette 171146InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 8Coed2017/01/14 15:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Storytime at Marquette 188613InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/13 18:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$5.00
Team Gymnastics at Marquette 171232InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$18.00
Teen Club at Marquette 188611OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Marquette 171399InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Tot Spot at Marquette 188612OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$5.00
Touch Football at Marquette 171438InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Volleyball at Marquette 171540InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/01/12 02:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9:30pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9:30pm
$16.00
Volleyball at Marquette 187715InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
Woodcraft (Special Recreation) at Marquette 171579InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAnyCoed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 171582InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 171580InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$33.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 171581InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking35 and upCoed2017/01/11 15:30From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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
$33.00

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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.