Nat King Cole Park

  • 361 E. 85th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60619 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Gene Morgan
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6063

Located in the Chatham community, Cole Park totals 4.69 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers a playground, softball diamonds, basketball courts, horseshoe court. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our ball fields.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids seasonal sports, Teen Club, Senior Club. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include dance and sports camp.

In addition to programs, Cole Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including the 3 on 3 Basketball Skills Tournament and holiday-themed events.

Parking/Directions

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

History

The Chicago Park District purchased this property in 1961 at the request of local residents who saw a need for additional recreational space in their under-served Chatham community.  Park improvements, including a field house, began almost immediately.  In 1967, the park district named the site Cole Park for American pianist and singer Nat King Cole (1919-1965).  Born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama, Cole grew up in Chicago, where his father was pastor of the True Light Baptist Church, not far from the park site. Cole learned to play the piano early, and organized a 14-piece band while in high school.  Cole went on to become one of America's most popular singers.  His hits included "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (1944), "The Christmas Song" (1946), "Route 66" (1946), "Nature Boy" (1948), "Unforgettable" (1950), and "Mona Lisa" (1950).  His 1956 album, Around Midnight, demonstrated his extraordinary talents as a jazz pianist.  In 1957, Cole became the first African-American to host his own weekly network television show.

In 2009, the Cole Park Advisory Council began a major fund-raising campaign to support the development of a new playground for the park.  The president of the Advisory Council Thomas Wortham IV (1980 – 2010), spearheaded the campaign.  Sadly, the following year, Wortham was murdered during an attempted robbery in the neighborhood near the park.  Wortham was a Chicago police officer who made great contributions to the park and surrounding community.  After his tragic death, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Police Department, Fraternal Order of the Police, Cole Park Advisory Council, Friends of the Parks, Children’s Memorial Hospital, and Wortham family came together to fully fund the $300,000 playground.   The Officer Thomas Wortham IV Playground was dedicated in Cole Park in October of 2011.

 

Nat King Cole Diamond Softball

Nat King Cole Diamond Softball

Location Notes: 361 E. 85th St.

Nat King Cole Basketball Court

Nat King Cole Basketball Court

Location Notes: 361 E. 85th St. Chicago IL 60619

Nat King Cole Fieldhouse

Nat King Cole Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 361 E. 85th St.

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Nat King Cole Football Field

Nat King Cole Football Field

Location Notes: 361 E. 85th St.

Nat King Cole Horeshoe Court

Nat King Cole Horeshoe Court

Location Notes: 361 E. 85th St.

Nat King Cole Clubroom

Nat King Cole Clubroom

Location Notes: 361 E. 85th St.

Nat King Cole Playground

Nat King Cole Playground

Location Notes: 361 E. 85th St.

Nat King Cole Spray Pool

Nat King Cole Spray Pool

Location Notes: 361 E. 85th St.

Winter Programs

Click on the Winter tab below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 28, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Cole 111618Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$90.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Cardio Global Rhythms at Cole 99294InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Fitness Boot Camp at Cole 112411InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Cole 100907InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$30.00
Play School at Cole 112410InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Cole 113735InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Cole 113736InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 12Coed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Cole 101343OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Cole 113737InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$10.00
Teen Club at Cole 101669OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball at Cole 105169InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/05/05 21:00From May 5, 2015 to May 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Basketball Camp at Cole 105387CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/05/11 21:00From May 11, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Cardio Global Rhythms at Cole 105528InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:15From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Cole 106956InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$31.00
Play School at Cole 121951InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2015 to June 10, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
$21.00
Pre-Teen Club at Cole 107094OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/11 17:00From April 11, 2015 to May 30, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 4:30pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Cole 107306InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$0
Spring Break Camp at Cole 121954CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/06 17:00From April 6, 2015 to April 10, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 7pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 7pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 7pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 7pm
Each Friday from Noon to 7pm
$16.00
Table Tennis at Cole 107735InstructionSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Cole 107811OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Cole 108317OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2015/03/30 11:00From March 30, 2015 to June 13, 2015
Each Sunday from 6am to 9:30pm
Each Monday from 6am to 9:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6am to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6am to 9:30pm
Each Thursday from 6am to 9:30pm
Each Friday from 6am to 9:30pm
Each Saturday from 6am to 9:30pm
$0
Yoga at Cole 121953InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/04 00:15From April 3, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Friday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$11.00

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Located in the Chatham community, Cole Park totals 4.69 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers a playground, softball diamonds, basketball courts, horseshoe court. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our ball fields.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids seasonal sports, Teen Club, Senior Club. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include dance and sports camp.

In addition to programs, Cole Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including the 3 on 3 Basketball Skills Tournament and holiday-themed events.

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

The Chicago Park District purchased this property in 1961 at the request of local residents who saw a need for additional recreational space in their under-served Chatham community.  Park improvements, including a field house, began almost immediately.  In 1967, the park district named the site Cole Park for American pianist and singer Nat King Cole (1919-1965).  Born Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama, Cole grew up in Chicago, where his father was pastor of the True Light Baptist Church, not far from the park site. Cole learned to play the piano early, and organized a 14-piece band while in high school.  Cole went on to become one of America's most popular singers.  His hits included "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (1944), "The Christmas Song" (1946), "Route 66" (1946), "Nature Boy" (1948), "Unforgettable" (1950), and "Mona Lisa" (1950).  His 1956 album, Around Midnight, demonstrated his extraordinary talents as a jazz pianist.  In 1957, Cole became the first African-American to host his own weekly network television show.

In 2009, the Cole Park Advisory Council began a major fund-raising campaign to support the development of a new playground for the park.  The president of the Advisory Council Thomas Wortham IV (1980 – 2010), spearheaded the campaign.  Sadly, the following year, Wortham was murdered during an attempted robbery in the neighborhood near the park.  Wortham was a Chicago police officer who made great contributions to the park and surrounding community.  After his tragic death, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Police Department, Fraternal Order of the Police, Cole Park Advisory Council, Friends of the Parks, Children’s Memorial Hospital, and Wortham family came together to fully fund the $300,000 playground.   The Officer Thomas Wortham IV Playground was dedicated in Cole Park in October of 2011.