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.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

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.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Leadership Club (Special Rec) at Marquette 176929InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs22 and upCoed2017/04/04 19:00From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 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
$23.00
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Marquette 176121InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts8 and upCoed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 176082InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Arts & Crafts at Marquette 176083InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 14 but less than 20Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Arts & Crafts Workshop - Family at Marquette 193701InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 22:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 176041InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Ballet - Beginner at Marquette 176042InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$14.00
Band at Marquette 193696InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2017/04/10 23:00From April 10, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$18.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Marquette 177080InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/13 21:00From April 13, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Marquette 177292OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 31Male2017/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 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
$14.00
Basketball at Marquette 177187InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$19.00
Basketball League at Marquette 177211Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$168.00
Cooking (Special Recreation) at Marquette 176968InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2017/04/05 21:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Golf (Special Recreation) at Marquette 177463InstructionSports - Golf8 and upCoed2017/05/11 21:30From May 11, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$7.00
Gymnastics (Special Recreation) at Marquette 176517InstructionGymnastics - Competitive8 and upCoed2017/04/03 19:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$14.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Marquette 175672InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2017/04/06 20:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Leisure Education(Special Recreation) at Marquette 176949InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2017/04/08 15:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$14.00
Little Artists at Marquette 176049InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 22:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Mighty Fit Kids (Special Rec) at Marquette 177923InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$9.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Marquette 193699InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$6.00
Moms, Pops & Tots (Special Rec) at Marquette 176383InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 8Coed2017/04/08 14:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Marquette 193700InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2017/04/07 22:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$6.00
Music (Special Recreation) at Marquette 193654InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$14.00
Music and Movement Partnership at Marquette 175973InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Music Ensembles at Marquette 193697InstructionCulture and Arts - Music8 and upCoed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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 177863InstructionSports - Weightlifting16 and upCoed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$14.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 176765InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$19.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 176766InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 16Male2017/04/03 22:15From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$19.00
Recreational Tumbling at Marquette 176792InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Senior Citizens Club at Marquette 193698OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/05 14:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Wednesday from 9am to Noon on the 1st, 3rd weeks of each month
$0
Soccer at Marquette 177675InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Soccer at Marquette 177674InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$14.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Marquette 176861InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Marquette 177486InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:30From April 5, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$19.00
Team Tumbling at Marquette 176519InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/07 23:30From April 7, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Tennis at Marquette 177790InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
The Art of Paper Making at Marquette 193702InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$5.00
Volleyball at Marquette 177860InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/04/08 01:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 8pm to 9:30pm
$19.00
Woodcraft at Marquette 176326InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking35 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$34.00
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
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Marquette 194033CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 22Coed2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$152.00
Day Camp at Marquette 194096CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$272.00
Fishing League at Marquette 194245Individual_LeagueOutdoor & Environment - EventAt least 10 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to July 24, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
$8.00
Fishing League at Marquette 194246Individual_LeagueOutdoor & Environment - Event18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to July 24, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$8.00
Night Camp (Special Recreation) at Marquette 194552CampsCamps - General Interest18 and upCoed2017/06/27 20:30From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 8pm
$114.00
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

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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.