Mather Park

  • 5941 N. Richmond St.   Chicago, Illinois 60659 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Timothy Gibson
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7501

Mather Park is located in the West Ridge community and shares 13.75 acres with Mather High School where many of the Chicago Park District programs are held. Mather High School features a natatorium, two gymnasia and other rooms for indoor patron use. Outdoors, Mather Park features one senior baseball and four junior softball fields, two combination football and soccer fields, four basketball standards, five tennis courts, four horseshoe pits, a playground, and a sandbox.

Mather Park offers a great variety of sports, and leagues are the majority of its programs. Sports include 16” softball, 12” slow pitch softball, basketball, flag football, volleyball, and indoor soccer. Meeting in the natatorium are the junior lifeguards, life guarding classes, swim team, open swim, and lap swim.

History

Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood experienced tremendous growth after World War I. Its population ballooned from 7,500 in 1920 to almost 40,000 in 1930. Further growth took place after World War II. In 1946, the Chicago Park District decided to establish a sizable park on Peterson Avenue to meet the area's increasing recreational needs. In 1948, the park district purchased the 8-acre site, initially known as Peterson Park for the adjacent street. A decade passed before improvements began, and the park opened to the public in June of 1959. The park's development coincided with the construction of Mather High School just to the south. From the beginning, the park and the 8-acre school property have been jointly operated by the park district and the Chicago Board of Education. Both the park and the adjacent high school are named for Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), the first Director of the National Park Service. A native Californian, Mather established a borax-making business and soon made his product a household name with the slogan "20 Mule Team Borax." Mather eventually moved to Chicago, where he increased his reputation as an industrialist. Mather joined Chicago's influential Prairie Club and the Friends of the Native Landscape, both of which strongly supported conservation of the Midwest's natural landscape features. During this same period, Mather made frequent trips to the mountains back west, becoming increasingly dismayed at conditions in the national parks. In 1917, Mather was chosen to head the newly-created National Park Service. This position provided a high-profile platform for Mather's advocacy of Midwestern landscape preservation, including a proposal to create a park in the Indiana dunes along Lake Michigan's southern shore.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Mather Baseball

Mather Baseball

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Basketball

Mather Basketball

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Fieldhouse

Mather Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Hours: ,

Mather Football/Soccer Field

Mather Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Descriptors: Grass

Mather Gymnasia

Mather GymnasiaAccessible

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Horseshoe Pit

Mather Horseshoe Pit

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Clubrooms

Mather ClubroomsAccessible

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Playground

Mather PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Mather Tennis Court

Mather Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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
Lap Swim at Mather 203288OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/12 01:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Monday from 8pm to 9:45pm
Each Tuesday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Wednesday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Thursday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Friday from 9pm to 9:45pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 203349InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 203351InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/14 01:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 203350InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 203348InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 01:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Soccer at Mather 225609InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Mather 204285InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Mather 204411InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball League at Mather 209232Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upFemale2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 20, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$196.00
Lap Swim at Mather 209957OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/09 02:00From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Monday from 8pm to 9:45pm
Each Tuesday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Wednesday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Thursday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Friday from 9pm to 9:45pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 210027InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 210029InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/11 02:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 210028InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 210026InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 02:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Soccer - Open at Mather 210603OpenSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2018/01/10 01:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$29.00
Soccer - Open at Mather 210604OpenSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2018/01/11 01:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$33.00
Soccer - Open at Mather 210605OpenSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2018/01/13 01:15From January 12, 2018 to March 9, 2018
Each Friday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$33.00
TEAM Sports at Mather 210854InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Mather 210977InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00

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Description

Mather Park is located in the West Ridge community and shares 13.75 acres with Mather High School where many of the Chicago Park District programs are held. Mather High School features a natatorium, two gymnasia and other rooms for indoor patron use. Outdoors, Mather Park features one senior baseball and four junior softball fields, two combination football and soccer fields, four basketball standards, five tennis courts, four horseshoe pits, a playground, and a sandbox.

Mather Park offers a great variety of sports, and leagues are the majority of its programs. Sports include 16” softball, 12” slow pitch softball, basketball, flag football, volleyball, and indoor soccer. Meeting in the natatorium are the junior lifeguards, life guarding classes, swim team, open swim, and lap swim.

Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood experienced tremendous growth after World War I. Its population ballooned from 7,500 in 1920 to almost 40,000 in 1930. Further growth took place after World War II. In 1946, the Chicago Park District decided to establish a sizable park on Peterson Avenue to meet the area's increasing recreational needs. In 1948, the park district purchased the 8-acre site, initially known as Peterson Park for the adjacent street. A decade passed before improvements began, and the park opened to the public in June of 1959. The park's development coincided with the construction of Mather High School just to the south. From the beginning, the park and the 8-acre school property have been jointly operated by the park district and the Chicago Board of Education. Both the park and the adjacent high school are named for Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), the first Director of the National Park Service. A native Californian, Mather established a borax-making business and soon made his product a household name with the slogan "20 Mule Team Borax." Mather eventually moved to Chicago, where he increased his reputation as an industrialist. Mather joined Chicago's influential Prairie Club and the Friends of the Native Landscape, both of which strongly supported conservation of the Midwest's natural landscape features. During this same period, Mather made frequent trips to the mountains back west, becoming increasingly dismayed at conditions in the national parks. In 1917, Mather was chosen to head the newly-created National Park Service. This position provided a high-profile platform for Mather's advocacy of Midwestern landscape preservation, including a proposal to create a park in the Indiana dunes along Lake Michigan's southern shore.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.