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.

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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.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
16" Softball League at Minuteman 177768Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/05/11 23:30From May 11, 2017 to July 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$247.00
16" Softball League at Minuteman 177767Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2017/05/12 23:30From May 12, 2017 to July 14, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$247.00
Fun with Food at Minuteman 197914InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 16:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Little Artists at Minuteman 197912InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 16:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$11.00
Play School at Minuteman 176415InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$89.00
Soccer at Minuteman 177669InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Soccer at Minuteman 177670InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/18 22:15From April 18, 2017 to June 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$14.00
T-Ball at Minuteman 193486InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$21.00
T-Ball at Minuteman Cancelled197913InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/05/05 22:00From May 5, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$21.00
Wiffle Ball at Minuteman 177152InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/24 21:00From April 24, 2017 to May 31, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Minuteman 194100CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$265.00
Extended Camp at Minuteman 194209CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:15From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Harvest Garden at Minuteman 194309InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/07/03 18:30From July 3, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Play Camp at Minuteman 194664CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$88.00
Sports Camp at Minuteman 194798CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 18:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$12.00

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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.