McKinley Park

  • 2210 W. Pershing Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Vito Mastrandrea
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6527

Located in the McKinley Park Community Area, adjacent to Brighton Park and Back of the Yards, McKinley Park totals 69.28 acres and features two gymnasiums, a gymnastics center, a kitchen, an auditorium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, artificial turf soccer field, baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for football or soccer, a seasonal ice skating rink, a playground and interactive water spray feature. The playground was renoavted in Fall 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports or go ice skating in the winter at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, McKinley Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Halloween events and Movies in the Park.

History

In October of 1901, one month after the assassination of William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, the South Park Commission (SPC) officially named a new and still undeveloped park in his honor. Experimental in its location and intent, this park proved to be nationally important. At the time, Chicago's existing parks were far away from the filthy, noisy, overcrowded tenement neighborhoods in the center of the city. Superintendent J. Frank Foster envisioned a new type of park that would provide social services as well as breathing spaces in these areas. To test the idea, in 1901 the park commission began acquiring property near the Union Stockyards. Composed of open prairie and cabbage patches, the site had previously been the Brighton Park Race Track. The experimental McKinley Park originally offered ballfields, lawn tennis, swimming and wadinglagoon, and a lovely classically-designed bathhouse. More than 10,000 people attended the park's dedication on June 13, 1902. The effort was so successful that the following year the South Park Commission began creating a whole system of new neighborhood parks for the south side. Opened to the public in 1905, the first ten were: Sherman, Ogden, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour, and Cornell Squares. These innovative neighborhood parks influenced the development of other parks throughout the United States. McKinley Park received such intensive use, that in 1906, the SPC acquired adjacent property, doubling its acreage. The designers expanded the existing wading pool into a large naturalistic lagoon with several small wooded islands. They also introduced a children’s playground, a music court plaza, open-air gymnasiums, and the following decade, a field house.

Parking/Directions

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

William McKinley Memorial

William McKinley Memorial (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Western Avenue and south of S. Archer Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

McKinley Baseball

McKinley Baseball

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Basketball

McKinley Basketball

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Park - Acosta Concessions

McKinley Park - Acosta Concessions

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Road

Hours:

Phone: (872)220-0988

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

McKinley Fieldhouse

McKinley Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Hours: , ,

McKinley Fishing Area

McKinley Fishing Area

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Football/Soccer

McKinley Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Descriptors: Grass

McKinley Football/Soccer

McKinley Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Descriptors: Grass

McKinley Artificial Turf

McKinley Artificial Turf

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

McKinley Gymnasium

McKinley Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Gymnastic Center

McKinley Gymnastic Center

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Ice Rink

McKinley Ice Rink

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Phone: (312)747-5992

Descriptors: Outdoor

McKinley Lagoon

McKinley Lagoon

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Notes: McKinley Park Lagoon

McKinley Clubroom

McKinley Clubroom

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Clubroom

McKinley Clubroom

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Picnic Grove

McKinley Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Playground

McKinley PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

McKinley Park Pool

McKinley Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6527

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

McKinley Tennis

McKinley Tennis

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Water Playground

McKinley Water Playground

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics programs run the week of June 26 through the week of August 7.  
 
All other 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.  

Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

 

Fall Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics fall session 1 programs run the week of August 28 through the week of October 16.  Click on the program name links below to view programs online & create your wish list.   Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Tuesday, August 8 at 9 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, August 12, if spots are still available*.
View fall session 2 dates.
 
All other 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 programs online & create your wish list.   Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Tuesday, August 8 at 9 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, August 12.
 
*Note:  Since gymnastics centers do 100% online registration, in-person registration is only available if all of the program slots don't fill online before the first day of in-person registration.  Check the program online to see if spots are still available.

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
Arts & Crafts at McKinley 205076InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$15.00
Badminton at McKinley 205110InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Basketball - Open at McKinley 205246OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$27.00
Basketball at McKinley 205358InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Bitty Basketball at McKinley 205504InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Boot Camp at McKinley 205529InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 00:00From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at McKinley 205659InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Dodgeball at McKinley 205875InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Football League at McKinley 206128Team_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$153.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 222680InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/08/29 21:15From August 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$47.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 222681InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/08/30 00:00From August 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$47.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 223544InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/08/30 21:00From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$47.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 222685InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/08/31 00:00From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$47.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 223545InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/09/01 00:00From August 31, 2017 to October 19, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$47.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 222684InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/09/01 23:45From September 1, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$47.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 222683InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/09/02 16:30From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$47.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at McKinley Gymnastics 222705InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Male2017/09/02 16:30From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$47.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at McKinley Gymnastics 222729InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/09/01 21:45From September 1, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$47.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at McKinley Gymnastics 222728InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/09/02 18:00From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$47.00
Kiddie College at McKinley 206477InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$65.00
Mighty Fit Kids at McKinley 206773InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at McKinley 206861InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$18.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222794InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/08/29 23:15From August 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$43.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222789InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/08/30 15:00From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$43.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222790InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/08/30 23:00From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$43.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222793InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/01 14:45From September 1, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$43.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222791InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/02 15:15From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$43.00
Play School at McKinley 207273InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$39.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 207321InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$18.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 207322InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 207323InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222839InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/31 21:00From August 31, 2017 to October 19, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$43.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222838InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/02 18:15From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$43.00
Shooting Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222862InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/08/30 22:00From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$47.00
Soccer at McKinley 207700InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$18.00
Soccer at McKinley 207698InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Soccer at McKinley 207699InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 3 at McKinley Gymnastics 222887InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/08/30 21:30From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$47.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 3 at McKinley Gymnastics 222886InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/09/02 19:00From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$47.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222957InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/29 15:30From August 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$43.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222955InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/29 19:45From August 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$43.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 223575InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/29 20:30From August 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$43.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222953InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/30 17:00From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$43.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 223582InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/30 19:45From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$43.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222959InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/30 20:45From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$43.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222956InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/01 15:45From September 1, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$43.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222952InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/01 20:45From September 1, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$43.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222950InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/01 23:00From September 1, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$43.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 222949InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/02 14:15From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$43.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 223001InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 11Female2017/08/29 21:00From August 29, 2017 to October 19, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$90.00
Volleyball - Open at McKinley 208452OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
Volleyball at McKinley 208451InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 00:00From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
Volleyball League at McKinley 208479Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 16Female2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$153.00
Walking Club at McKinley 208503OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0

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Located in the McKinley Park Community Area, adjacent to Brighton Park and Back of the Yards, McKinley Park totals 69.28 acres and features two gymnasiums, a gymnastics center, a kitchen, an auditorium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, artificial turf soccer field, baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for football or soccer, a seasonal ice skating rink, a playground and interactive water spray feature. The playground was renoavted in Fall 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports or go ice skating in the winter at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, McKinley Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Halloween events and Movies in the Park.

In October of 1901, one month after the assassination of William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, the South Park Commission (SPC) officially named a new and still undeveloped park in his honor. Experimental in its location and intent, this park proved to be nationally important. At the time, Chicago's existing parks were far away from the filthy, noisy, overcrowded tenement neighborhoods in the center of the city. Superintendent J. Frank Foster envisioned a new type of park that would provide social services as well as breathing spaces in these areas. To test the idea, in 1901 the park commission began acquiring property near the Union Stockyards. Composed of open prairie and cabbage patches, the site had previously been the Brighton Park Race Track. The experimental McKinley Park originally offered ballfields, lawn tennis, swimming and wadinglagoon, and a lovely classically-designed bathhouse. More than 10,000 people attended the park's dedication on June 13, 1902. The effort was so successful that the following year the South Park Commission began creating a whole system of new neighborhood parks for the south side. Opened to the public in 1905, the first ten were: Sherman, Ogden, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour, and Cornell Squares. These innovative neighborhood parks influenced the development of other parks throughout the United States. McKinley Park received such intensive use, that in 1906, the SPC acquired adjacent property, doubling its acreage. The designers expanded the existing wading pool into a large naturalistic lagoon with several small wooded islands. They also introduced a children’s playground, a music court plaza, open-air gymnasiums, and the following decade, a field house.

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