Merrimac Park

  • 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60634 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Donna Segreti
  • Park Phone: (773) 685-3382

Located near the intersection of Irving Park Road and Narragansett Avenue in the Dunning community, Merrimac Park sits on approximately 9 acres and features a fieldhouse with a gymnasium, 5 clubrooms, and a kitchen. Outdoors, the park offers 2 small walking trails, 3 softball fields, playground, and spray pool.

The park staff offers a wide range of sports and fitness programming for community residents of all levels and age groups. We invite you to check out our woodshop, where youth, adults and seniors enjoy learning to use scroll and band saws to create a variety of wood projects.

Merrimac Park is noted for its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Downhill Derby, featuring small race cars crafted by youth under the supervision of the park’s woodshop instructor.The park is also the site of one of the local social clubs for seniors.

History

Soon after World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major initiative to create new parks for the first time in many years. In 1948, a citizens' advisory committee for new parks recommended a number of potential sites. Among them was a 9-acre picnic and dance ground in the rapidly growing Dunning neighborhood. Known as Kolze's Electric Grove, the site dated to the 1890s, when hotel owner Henry Kolze decided to create an attraction for riders of newly-reaching streetcar lines. Purchasing wooded land near his inn, Kolze strung large gas lamps, offered a nightly orchestra, and beer at a nickel a glass. In 1950, the park district condemned Kolze's Electric Grove, and demolished the site's dance shelter, concession stands, raffle tables, and cafeteria. Retaining many of the older trees, the park district transformed the site into parkland between 1951 and 1956, installing an athletic field, a children's playground, and tennis and basketball courts. At that time, the original clapboard dining hall and tavern structure was converted for use as a fieldhouse. In 1969, the park district replaced the structure with a modern brick fieldhouse. In the early 1950s, when the park district naming committee began its proposal for this site, there was a controversy about whether the Kolze's Grove name should be retained. Although some favored the continuation of the name, an informal park district survey revealed that the old hotel and picnic grove had gained an "unsavory reputation" over the years. Merrimac Park was selected as a preferable alternative. Derived from the Native American word for sturgeon, the name Merrimac had become closely associated with this neighborhood. The park was located just west of Merrimac Avenue and the Merrimac Gardens subdivision, and the local community organization was known as the Merrimac Gardens Association.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Veteran's Memorial

Veteran's Memorial (1)

Location Notes: Corner of W. Irving Park Rd. and N. Narragansett Ave.

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Merrimac Diamond

Merrimac Diamond

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Merrimac Fieldhouse

Merrimac Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Hours: , ,

Merrimac Gymnasium

Merrimac Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Merrimac Clubroom

Merrimac Clubroom

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Merrimac Playground

Merrimac PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Merrimac Spray Pool

Merrimac Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Merrimac Woodshop

Merrimac Woodshop

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Fall 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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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
Art & ABCs at Merrimac 221918InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2017/09/11 15:15From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$15.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 202355OpenSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/10/21 14:30From October 21, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 202354OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/16 19:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Basketball at Merrimac 202428InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 8Coed2017/09/13 21:15From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
$23.00
Basketball at Merrimac 202429InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$23.00
Bitty Basketball at Merrimac 202538InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
$23.00
Conditioning at Merrimac 202653InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:30From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10am
$0
Conditioning at Merrimac 202652InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$28.00
Flag Football at Merrimac 202886InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/09/15 22:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$23.00
Fun and Games at Merrimac 221921InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
$10.00
Kiddie College at Merrimac 221929InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
$110.00
Little Artists at Merrimac 223948InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 16:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 221925InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 16:15From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00
Mighty Munchkins at Merrimac 221930InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 203806InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$23.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 203805InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/09/13 21:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$23.00
Senior Citizens Club at Merrimac 203960OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Storytime at Merrimac 221928InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 16:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
$10.00
Team Tumbling at Merrimac 204300InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
$28.00
Teen Club at Merrimac 204322OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 00:15From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Merrimac 221931InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:30From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Merrimac 221927InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 16:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00
Volleyball at Merrimac 204603InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$23.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 204699InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2017/09/12 19:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Woodcraft at Merrimac 204702InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$34.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 204700InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 21:15From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$46.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 204701InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$46.00
Wrestling Tournament at Merrimac 204720TournamentSports - WrestlingAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$54.00
Young Scientist at Merrimac 221926InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 16:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Merrimac 225940InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2y 5m but less than 3y 5m Coed2018/01/08 16:15From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 225946InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3y 5m but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 17:15From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 225951OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 209167OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2018/01/13 20:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
Basketball at Merrimac 209291InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2018/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$24.00
Basketball at Merrimac 209168InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2018/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$24.00
Basketball at Merrimac 209169InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$24.00
Basketball League Partnership at Merrimac 209249PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2018/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Basketball League Partnership at Merrimac 209250PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Conditioning at Merrimac 209396InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 15:30From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10am
$0
Floor Hockey League at Merrimac 209630Team_LeagueSports - Floor Hockey18 and upMale2018/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2018 to March 25, 2018
Each Sunday from 11am to 4pm
$273.00
Fun and Games at Merrimac 225942InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3y 5m but less than 6y 5m Coed2018/01/08 17:15From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00
Fun and Games at Merrimac 225941InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2y 5m but less than 3y 5m Coed2018/01/09 16:15From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
$10.00
Kiddie College at Merrimac 227267InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
$110.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 225943InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3y 5m but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 17:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00
Mighty Munchkins at Merrimac 225947InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3y 5m but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 210429InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2018/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$24.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 210428InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$24.00
Senior Citizens Club at Merrimac 210548OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2018/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Merrimac 225950InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Storytime at Merrimac 225948InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3y 5m but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 17:15From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00
Team Tumbling at Merrimac 210863InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$25.00
Teen Club at Merrimac 210882OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Merrimac 225945InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3y 5m but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Merrimac 211094InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$24.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 211134InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2018/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Woodcraft at Merrimac 211137InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2018/01/10 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
$35.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 211135InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2018/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$40.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 211136InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2018/01/11 22:15From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$40.00
Wrestling at Merrimac 225952InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Young Scientist at Merrimac 225944InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3y 5m but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 17:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00

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Located near the intersection of Irving Park Road and Narragansett Avenue in the Dunning community, Merrimac Park sits on approximately 9 acres and features a fieldhouse with a gymnasium, 5 clubrooms, and a kitchen. Outdoors, the park offers 2 small walking trails, 3 softball fields, playground, and spray pool.

The park staff offers a wide range of sports and fitness programming for community residents of all levels and age groups. We invite you to check out our woodshop, where youth, adults and seniors enjoy learning to use scroll and band saws to create a variety of wood projects.

Merrimac Park is noted for its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Downhill Derby, featuring small race cars crafted by youth under the supervision of the park’s woodshop instructor.The park is also the site of one of the local social clubs for seniors.

Soon after World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major initiative to create new parks for the first time in many years. In 1948, a citizens' advisory committee for new parks recommended a number of potential sites. Among them was a 9-acre picnic and dance ground in the rapidly growing Dunning neighborhood. Known as Kolze's Electric Grove, the site dated to the 1890s, when hotel owner Henry Kolze decided to create an attraction for riders of newly-reaching streetcar lines. Purchasing wooded land near his inn, Kolze strung large gas lamps, offered a nightly orchestra, and beer at a nickel a glass. In 1950, the park district condemned Kolze's Electric Grove, and demolished the site's dance shelter, concession stands, raffle tables, and cafeteria. Retaining many of the older trees, the park district transformed the site into parkland between 1951 and 1956, installing an athletic field, a children's playground, and tennis and basketball courts. At that time, the original clapboard dining hall and tavern structure was converted for use as a fieldhouse. In 1969, the park district replaced the structure with a modern brick fieldhouse. In the early 1950s, when the park district naming committee began its proposal for this site, there was a controversy about whether the Kolze's Grove name should be retained. Although some favored the continuation of the name, an informal park district survey revealed that the old hotel and picnic grove had gained an "unsavory reputation" over the years. Merrimac Park was selected as a preferable alternative. Derived from the Native American word for sturgeon, the name Merrimac had become closely associated with this neighborhood. The park was located just west of Merrimac Avenue and the Merrimac Gardens subdivision, and the local community organization was known as the Merrimac Gardens Association.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.