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.

Fall Programs

See our offerings in the Fall tab below.

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics fall session 2 programs run the week of October 30 through the week of Deceber 11.  
 
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 a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

 

Winter Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics winter programs run the week of January 8, 2018 through the week of March 12, 2018.  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, December 12 at 9 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, December 16, if spots are still available*.
 
 
All other programs:
Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018 and run through March 12, 2018.  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, December 5 at 9 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, December 9.
 
*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 225164InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/10/31 21:15From October 31, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 225165InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/11/01 00:00From October 31, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 225169InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/11/01 21:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 225168InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/11/02 00:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 225170InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/11/03 00:00From November 2, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$35.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 225711InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/10/27 21:00From October 27, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$35.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 225167InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/10/27 23:45From October 27, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$35.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 225166InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/11/04 16:30From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at McKinley Gymnastics 225198InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Male2017/11/04 16:30From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at McKinley Gymnastics 225224InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/10/27 21:45From October 27, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$35.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at McKinley Gymnastics 225223InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/11/04 18:00From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$41.00
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 225334InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/10/31 23:15From October 31, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$37.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225330InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/11/01 15:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$37.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225331InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/11/01 23:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$37.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225670InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/11/02 18:00From November 2, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$32.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225333InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/10/27 15:00From October 27, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$32.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225332InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/11/04 15:15From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$37.00
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 225596InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/31 22:15From October 31, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$37.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225367InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/02 21:00From November 2, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$32.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225366InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/04 18:15From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$37.00
Shooting Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225388InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/11/01 22:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$41.00
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 225408InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/11/04 19:00From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225462InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/31 15:30From October 31, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$37.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225460InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/31 19:45From October 31, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$37.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225464InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/31 20:30From October 31, 2017 to December 19, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$37.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225459InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/01 17:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$37.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225465InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/01 19:45From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$37.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225463InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/01 20:45From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$37.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225461InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/27 16:00From October 27, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225458InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/27 20:45From October 27, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225712InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/27 22:00From October 27, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225457InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/10/27 23:00From October 27, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225456InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/04 14:15From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$37.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 225495InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 11Female2017/10/31 21:15From October 31, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$79.00
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at McKinley 211513InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 21:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Badminton at McKinley 211542InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Basketball - Open at McKinley 211671OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2018/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$28.00
Basketball at McKinley 211787InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Basketball League at McKinley 211841Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$156.00
Basketball League at McKinley 211843Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Female2018/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$156.00
Basketball League at McKinley 211840Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2018/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$156.00
Basketball League at McKinley 211842Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Male2018/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$156.00
Bitty Basketball at McKinley 211948InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Boot Camp at McKinley 211984InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$19.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at McKinley 212120InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$19.00
Dodgeball at McKinley 212320InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Kiddie College at McKinley 212798InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$66.00
Mighty Fit Kids at McKinley 213080InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$19.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at McKinley 213171InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$19.00
Play School at McKinley 213476InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$40.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 213532InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$19.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 213531InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$19.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 213533InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$19.00
Soccer at McKinley 213868InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$19.00
Soccer at McKinley 213866InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$19.00
Soccer at McKinley 213867InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$19.00
Volleyball at McKinley 214491InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$19.00
Walking Club at McKinley 214532OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
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.

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