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

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

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 139902Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/05 23:30From May 5, 2016 to July 7, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$235.00
16" Softball League at Minuteman 139901Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2016/05/06 23:30From May 6, 2016 to July 8, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$235.00
Play School at Minuteman 141410InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 15:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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
$84.00
Soccer at Minuteman 153744InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 22:30From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$9.00
Soccer at Minuteman 141238InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/04/12 22:15From April 12, 2016 to June 16, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$12.00
Volleyball League at Minuteman 141583Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2016/04/08 21:30From April 8, 2016 to June 10, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$20.00
Wiffle Ball at Minuteman 153745InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$8.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Minuteman 154647CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Extended Camp at Minuteman 154751CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:15From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$22.00
Play Camp at Minuteman 155234CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$84.00
Sand Volleyball League at Minuteman 155515Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/07/01 23:00From July 1, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$50.00
Sports Camp at Minuteman 155623CampsCamps - SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 18:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$11.00

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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.