McKinley Park

  • 2210 W. Pershing Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Vito Mastrandrea
  • 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: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Basketball

McKinley Basketball

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Park - Acosta Concessions

McKinley Park - Acosta Concessions

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Road

McKinley Park - Trujillos Concessions

McKinley Park - Trujillos Concessions

Location: McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Fieldhouse

McKinley Fieldhouse

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Fishing Area

McKinley Fishing Area

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Artificial Turf

McKinley Artificial Turf

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Football/Soccer

McKinley Football/Soccer

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Football/Soccer

McKinley Football/Soccer

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Gymnasium

McKinley Gymnasium

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Gymnastic Center

McKinley Gymnastic Center

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Ice Rink

McKinley Ice Rink

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Notes: (312) 747-5992; SCHEDULE: F: 1:30-5 pm open skate; 5:15-6:15 pm rat hockey; 6:30-9 pm family skate, Sa: 10-10:45 am stick & puck; 10:45-11:30 am pond hockey; 11:45 am-12:30 pm learn to skate; 1-4 pm, 6-9 pm open skate, Su: 12-6 pm open skate; 6-7:30 pm rat hockey View fees and more info.

Descriptors: Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink

McKinley Lagoon

McKinley Lagoon

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Notes: McKinley Park Lagoon

McKinley Clubroom

McKinley Clubroom

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Clubroom

McKinley Clubroom

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Picnic Grove

McKinley Picnic Grove

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Playground

McKinley Playground

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Tennis

McKinley Tennis

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

McKinley Water Playground

McKinley Water Playground

Location: 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Family Swim at McKinley 87385OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
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 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Free
Learn to Swim at McKinley 82901InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at McKinley 82903InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at McKinley 82900InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at McKinley 82902InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
TEAM Sports at McKinley 83374InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at McKinley 92063InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$12.00
Badminton at McKinley 92095InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Basketball at McKinley 92305InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Basketball at McKinley 92306InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Bitty Basketball at McKinley 92419InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at McKinley 92572InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Dodgeball at McKinley 92765InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Flag Football League at McKinley 92890Team_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$140.00
Indoor Soccer at McKinley 93357InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$15.00
Indoor Soccer at McKinley 93355InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Indoor Soccer at McKinley 93356InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at McKinley 93502InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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 93754InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at McKinley 93837InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$15.00
Play School at McKinley 94218InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$35.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 94279InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 94280InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 94281InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Volleyball at McKinley 95407InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Volleyball at McKinley 95408InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Volleyball at McKinley 95406Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15FemaleFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$140.00
Walking Club at McKinley 95449OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Free

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 4
Basketball Court - Outdoor 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 1
Concessions 0
Concessions McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 0
Fieldhouse 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 0
Fishing Areas 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 1
Football / Soccer 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 0
Football / Soccer 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 1
Football / Soccer 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 1
Gymnasiums 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 2
Gymnastics Centers 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 1
Ice Rinks 2210 W. Pershing Rd. Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink 1 (312) 747-5992; SCHEDULE: F: 1:30-5 pm open skate; 5:15-6:15 pm rat hockey; 6:30-9 pm family skate, Sa: 10-10:45 am stick & puck; 10:45-11:30 am pond hockey; 11:45 am-12:30 pm learn to skate; 1-4 pm, 6-9 pm open skate, Su: 12-6 pm open skate; 6-7:30 pm rat hockey View fees and more info.
Lagoons and Ponds 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 1 McKinley Park Lagoon
Meeting/Event Space 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 2
Meeting/Event Space 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 1
Picnic Groves 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 2
Playgrounds 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 1
Swimming Pools 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 0
Tennis Courts 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 10
Water Playgrounds 2210 W. Pershing Rd. 0
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.