Minuteman Park

  • 5940 S. Central Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Juanita Garcia
  • Park Phone: (773) 284-0214

Located in the Clearing Community, Minuteman Park totals 8.90 acres and features a multi-purpose room. A green feature of the park includes a Harvest Garden. Outside, the park offers softball/baseball diamonds, a tennis court, and a sand volleyball court. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our fields.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, playschool activities, and arts and crafts. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Volleyball Camp.

In addition to programs, Minuteman Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

History

In the late 1960s, the Chicago Plan Commission identified nine acres of vacant property near Midway Airport for park development. At the time the surrounding Clearing and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods were both experiencing tremendous population growth and a shortage of recreational facilities. The Chicago Park District purchased the property in 1971, using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funds. The following year, the park district improved the site with ball fields and tennis courts. After 1986, a mobile trailer/fieldhouse provided space for indoor activities. (A newer model replaced the original trailer ten years later.) Minuteman Park expanded in 1990, when the park district began leasing six adjacent acres of vacant land from the city. The park's patriotic name was selected in 1976 through a Bicentennial Committee contest conducted in the surrounding 23rd Ward. The minutemen were American colonial militiamen who pledged to take up arms at a minute's notice to aid the cause of Revolution. The first group of minutemen formed in Worcester County, Massachusetts in September, 1774. Similar units were organized in nearby counties in subsequent months. On April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord provided the first test of the minutemen. Seven hundred British troops engaged 77 minutemen on the village green at Lexington, Massachusetts. Unable to hold their ground at Lexington, the colonists turned the tide at the Concord Bridge, where no more than 400 patriots forced the British to withdraw. The American success at Concord prompted the Continental Congress to recommend the formation of minuteman units in other colonies.

Parking/Directions

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

Minuteman Baseball/Softball

Minuteman Baseball/Softball

Location Notes: 5940 S. Central Ave.

Minuteman Fieldhouse

Minuteman Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5940 S. Central Ave.

Hours: ,

Minuteman Football/Soccer

Minuteman Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 5940 S. Central Ave.

Minuteman Playground

Minuteman Playground

Location Notes: 5940 S. Central Ave.

Minuteman Tennis Court

Minuteman Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5940 S. Central Ave.

Minuteman Volleyball

Minuteman Volleyball

Location Notes: 5940 S. Central Ave.

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 Monday, April 13, 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 Minuteman 102379Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/05/07 23:30From May 7, 2015 to July 9, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$230.00
16" Softball League at Minuteman 102378Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2015/05/08 23:30From May 8, 2015 to July 10, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$230.00
Dodgeball at Minuteman 121650InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/04/15 22:30From April 15, 2015 to June 17, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$6.00
Homework Time at Minuteman 121649InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$6.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Minuteman 103612InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$21.00
Outdoor Soccer at Minuteman 103739InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/14 22:15From April 14, 2015 to June 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$11.00
Play School at Minuteman 103856InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$82.00
Sand Volleyball at Minuteman 121651InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2015/04/10 23:30From April 10, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Teen Club at Minuteman 129450OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2015/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0

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Description

Located in the Clearing Community, Minuteman Park totals 8.90 acres and features a multi-purpose room. A green feature of the park includes a Harvest Garden. Outside, the park offers softball/baseball diamonds, a tennis court, and a sand volleyball court. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our fields.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, playschool activities, and arts and crafts. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Volleyball Camp.

In addition to programs, Minuteman Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

In the late 1960s, the Chicago Plan Commission identified nine acres of vacant property near Midway Airport for park development. At the time the surrounding Clearing and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods were both experiencing tremendous population growth and a shortage of recreational facilities. The Chicago Park District purchased the property in 1971, using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funds. The following year, the park district improved the site with ball fields and tennis courts. After 1986, a mobile trailer/fieldhouse provided space for indoor activities. (A newer model replaced the original trailer ten years later.) Minuteman Park expanded in 1990, when the park district began leasing six adjacent acres of vacant land from the city. The park's patriotic name was selected in 1976 through a Bicentennial Committee contest conducted in the surrounding 23rd Ward. The minutemen were American colonial militiamen who pledged to take up arms at a minute's notice to aid the cause of Revolution. The first group of minutemen formed in Worcester County, Massachusetts in September, 1774. Similar units were organized in nearby counties in subsequent months. On April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord provided the first test of the minutemen. Seven hundred British troops engaged 77 minutemen on the village green at Lexington, Massachusetts. Unable to hold their ground at Lexington, the colonists turned the tide at the Concord Bridge, where no more than 400 patriots forced the British to withdraw. The American success at Concord prompted the Continental Congress to recommend the formation of minuteman units in other colonies.

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