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: 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

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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 165034InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 20:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$14.00
Badminton at McKinley 165070InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Basketball - Open at McKinley 184696OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$26.00
Basketball at McKinley 165298InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Bitty Basketball at McKinley 165421InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Boot Camp at McKinley 165448InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$21.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at McKinley 165564InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Dodgeball at McKinley 165782InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Football League at McKinley 166023Team_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$146.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 182268InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 15Female2016/08/30 00:00From August 29, 2016 to October 24, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 5, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
$39.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 182265InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/08/30 16:45From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 182276InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$35.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 182267InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/08/30 21:30From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 182274InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/09/01 00:00From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 182269InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/09/01 21:45From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 182273InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 14Female2016/09/02 23:45From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at McKinley Gymnastics 182271InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/09/03 16:30From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at McKinley Gymnastics 183758InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Male2016/08/30 23:45From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at McKinley Gymnastics 182266InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Male2016/09/03 16:30From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at McKinley Gymnastics 183755InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/08/31 21:00From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at McKinley Gymnastics 183754InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/09/01 23:45From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at McKinley Gymnastics 183757InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/09/02 21:45From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at McKinley Gymnastics 183756InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/09/03 18:00From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$45.00
Kiddie College at McKinley 166678InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$62.00
Mighty Fit Kids at McKinley 166967InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at McKinley 167052InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$17.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182285InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/08/29 23:15From August 29, 2016 to October 24, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 5, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
$36.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182279InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/08/30 14:45From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$41.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182280InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/08/31 15:00From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$41.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182281InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/08/31 23:00From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$41.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182284InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/02 14:45From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$41.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182282InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/03 15:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$41.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182283InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/03 15:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$41.00
Play School at McKinley 167477InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$37.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 167661InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 167662InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKinley 167663InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182290InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/29 19:15From August 29, 2016 to October 24, 2016
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 5, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
$36.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182289InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/30 20:45From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$41.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 183759InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/31 16:00From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
$41.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182288InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/01 21:00From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$41.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182287InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/03 18:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$41.00
Shooting Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 183761InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than Coed2016/08/31 22:00From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$41.00
Soccer at McKinley 168051InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
Soccer at McKinley 168049InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Soccer at McKinley 168050InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 3 at McKinley Gymnastics 183760InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/08/31 21:30From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$45.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 3 at McKinley Gymnastics 182292InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/03 19:00From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$45.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182303InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/30 15:30From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182301InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/30 22:45From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182298InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/31 17:00From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182305InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/31 20:45From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182300InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/01 21:15From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182304InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/01 23:00From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182302InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/02 15:45From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182296InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/02 19:30From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182297InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/02 20:45From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182294InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/02 23:00From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182293InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/03 14:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182295InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/03 14:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$41.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at McKinley Gymnastics 182306InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 11Female2016/08/29 21:00From August 29, 2016 to October 27, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 5, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
$86.00
Volleyball at McKinley 168946InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$17.00
Volleyball at McKinley 168947InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$17.00
Volleyball League at McKinley 168975Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 16Female2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$146.00
Walking Club at McKinley 168999OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
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.