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.

William McKinley Memorial

William McKinley Memorial (1)

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

Descriptors: Playground Art

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 Ice Rink

McKinley Ice Rink

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Phone: (312)747-5992

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 Tennis

McKinley Tennis

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Water Playground

McKinley Water Playground

Location Notes: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Events

OCT
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Halloween at McKinley

Location: McKinley Park, Chicago, IL  IL

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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
Baseball at McKinley 118085InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
CPD Swim Club at McKinley 118295InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 13:00From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 11am
Each Thursday from 8am to 11am
Each Friday from 8am to 11am
$75.00
Day Camp at McKinley 118407CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$300.00
Early Bird Camp at McKinley 118529CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$98.00
Family Swim at McKinley 118853OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 18:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Family Swim at McKinley 131776OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/07 18:15September 7, 2015
Monday from 1:15pm to 2:30pm
$0
Leadership Camp at McKinley 119482CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$0
Learn to Swim at McKinley 119600InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at McKinley 119602InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/21 17:15From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at McKinley 119599InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$28.00
Learn to Swim at McKinley 119601InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$28.00
Open Swim Female at McKinley 120310OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/06/12 21:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Open Swim Female at McKinley 131775OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2015/09/07 17:15September 7, 2015
Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Open Swim Male at McKinley 120302OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2015/06/12 20:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Open Swim Male at McKinley 131774OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2015/09/07 16:15September 7, 2015
Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
Play Camp at McKinley 120855CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$124.00
POST Family Swim at McKinley 131102OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 23:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Open Swim Female at McKinley 131634OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2015/08/24 21:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Open Swim Male at McKinley 131635OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Youth Swim at McKinley 131106OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 17:15From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at McKinley 131637OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 16:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
TEAM Sports at McKinley 121180InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at McKinley 125170InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 20:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$13.00
Badminton at McKinley 125202InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Basketball at McKinley 125439InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Bitty Basketball at McKinley 125537InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Boot Camp at McKinley 147718InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at McKinley 125699InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Dodgeball at McKinley 125886InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Football League at McKinley 126070Team_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$143.00
Kiddie College at McKinley 126702InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$61.00
Mighty Fit Kids at McKinley 126987InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at McKinley 127123InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$16.00
Play School at McKinley 127525InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$36.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 127585InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 127586InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 127587InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Soccer at McKinley 126544InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Soccer at McKinley 126542InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Soccer at McKinley 126543InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Volleyball at McKinley 128781InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Volleyball at McKinley 128782InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Volleyball League at McKinley 128780Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2015/09/18 20:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$143.00
Walking Club at McKinley 128826OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
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 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.