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.

Descriptors: Grass

Minuteman Playground

Minuteman PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Minuteman Tennis Court

Minuteman Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5940 S. Central Ave.

Minuteman Volleyball

Minuteman Volleyball

Location Notes: 5940 S. Central Ave.

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
Arts & Crafts at Minuteman 223898InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$10.00
Fun with Food at Minuteman 223897InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 16:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$10.00
Little Artists at Minuteman 203409InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 16:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$9.00
Play School at Minuteman 203741InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
$88.00
Soccer at Minuteman 204074InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 22:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$13.00
Soccer at Minuteman 204075InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Little Artists at Minuteman 210083InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 17:45From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$11.00
Play School at Minuteman 210365InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$90.00

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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.