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

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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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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
Basketball League at Mather 184476Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$183.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball League at Mather 185082Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upFemale2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$183.00
Lap Swim at Mather 163223OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/20 01:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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 163294InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 163296InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/22 01:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 163295InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 163293InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 01:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Soccer at Mather 164103InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$30.00
Soccer at Mather 164105InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/09/23 00:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$27.00
Soccer at Mather 164104InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2016/09/24 00:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$30.00
TEAM Sports at Mather 164305InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Mather 164430InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00

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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.