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 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 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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

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.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
16" Softball League at McKinley 104838Team_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$143.00
16" Softball League at McKinley 104837Team_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 13 but less than 16Female2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$143.00
Arts & Crafts at McKinley 105060InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$13.00
Badminton at McKinley 105090InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Basketball at McKinley 122225InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$13.00
Dodgeball at McKinley 105777InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Kiddie College at McKinley 106322InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 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 106582InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Play School at McKinley 107080InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$36.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 107127InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 20:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 107128InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 107129InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Soccer at McKinley 106201InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Soccer at McKinley 122226InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Soccer at McKinley 122227InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Volleyball - Open at McKinley 108279OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Volleyball at McKinley 122228InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Volleyball League at McKinley 108311Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$143.00
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 - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/15 23:00From June 15, 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:
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
Family Swim at McKinley 131773OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/07/04 18:15July 4, 2015
Saturday 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:
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 Female at McKinley 131772OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2015/07/04 17:15July 4, 2015
Saturday 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:
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
Open Swim Male at McKinley 131771OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2015/07/04 16:15July 4, 2015
Saturday 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
PRE Youth Swim at McKinley 131633OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/13 16:00From June 13, 2015 to June 14, 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
PRE Youth Swim at McKinley 131636OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 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
$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
$28.00

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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.