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 2 gymnasiums, a gymnastics center, a kitchen, auditorium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, artificial turf soccer field, baseball fields, basketball courts, athletic field for football or soccer, seasonal ice skating rink, playground and interactive water spray feature.

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.

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

McKinley Park - Trujillos Concessions

McKinley Park - Trujillos Concessions

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)203-0981

McKinley Fieldhouse

McKinley Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Hours: , ,

McKinley Fishing Area

McKinley Fishing Area

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Artificial Turf

McKinley Artificial Turf

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Football/Soccer

McKinley Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Football/Soccer

McKinley Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Gymnasium

McKinley Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Gymnastic Center

McKinley Gymnastic Center

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

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 Playground

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

McKinley Park Pool

McKinley Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6527

McKinley Tennis

McKinley Tennis

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Water Playground

McKinley Water Playground

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 98680InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$12.00
Badminton at McKinley 98717InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Basketball at McKinley 98950InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Basketball at McKinley 98951InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$12.00
Basketball League at McKinley 99023Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$140.00
Basketball League at McKinley 99025Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Female2015/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$140.00
Basketball League at McKinley 99022Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$140.00
Basketball League at McKinley 99024Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Male2015/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$140.00
Bitty Basketball at McKinley 99097InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at McKinley 99257InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Dodgeball at McKinley 99441InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Drop In Learn to Skate at McKinley 100128PartnershipGroupSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 17:45From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, December 20, 2014
$130.00
Family Skate at McKinley 99485OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 23:30From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$10.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at McKinley 99884OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/29 18:00From December 29, 2014 to January 1, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 5pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at McKinley 114236OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2015/01/19 18:00January 19, 2015
Monday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at McKinley 99883OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/22 18:00From December 22, 2014 to December 24, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 5pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at McKinley 114237OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2015/02/16 18:00February 16, 2015
Monday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at McKinley 99877OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/30 18:00From November 30, 2014 to March 1, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 6pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at McKinley 99878OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at McKinley 99878OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at McKinley 99878OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at McKinley 99879OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/04 21:00From December 4, 2014 to February 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 3pm to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at McKinley 99879OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/04 21:00From December 4, 2014 to February 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 3pm to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at McKinley 99880OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/28 19:30From November 28, 2014 to February 27, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 9pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at McKinley 99881OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 19:00From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 5pm
$3.00
Kiddie College at McKinley 100094InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$60.00
Mighty Fit Kids at McKinley 100353InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at McKinley 100467InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$15.00
Play School at McKinley 101032InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$35.00
Pond Hockey at McKinley 101045OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 16:45From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, December 20, 2014
$7.00
Rat Hockey at McKinley 114033OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2014/12/01 00:30From November 30, 2014 to March 1, 2015
Each Sunday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$7.00
Rat Hockey at McKinley 114031OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2014/12/04 01:30From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$7.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 101110InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 101109InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 101111InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Soccer at McKinley 99968InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$15.00
Soccer at McKinley 99966InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Soccer at McKinley 99967InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Stick & Puck at McKinley 101546OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 16:00From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$7.00
Volleyball at McKinley 102150InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Walking Club at McKinley 102198OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0

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Description

Located in the McKinley Park Community Area, adjacent to Brighton Park and Back of the Yards, McKinley Park totals [69.28] acres and features 2 gymnasiums, a gymnastics center, a kitchen, auditorium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, artificial turf soccer field, baseball fields, basketball courts, athletic field for football or soccer, seasonal ice skating rink, playground and interactive water spray feature.

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.