Nichols Park

  • 1355 E. 53rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60615 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Ayanna Peters
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-2703

Located at 1355 E. 53rd St. in the Hyde Park community, Nichols Park totals 10.39 acres and features a gymnasium and a multi-purpose room. Green features of the park include a community flower garden, community vegetable gardens, and Wildflower Meadow. Outside, the park offers two playgrounds, a baseball diamond, walking path, and a sandbox. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose room.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, preschool activities, bitty basketball, tiny tot dance, and low impact aerobics. During the summer, youth can participate in the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Sports Camp.

In addition to programs, Nichols Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including our Pumpkin Patch, Winterfest and May Fest.

History

In 1963, the Chicago Park district acquired more than six acres of land in the deteriorating Hyde Park neighborhood from the city's Department of Urban Renewal. The park district soon improved the site with a reflecting pool, tennis courts, walkways, and asphalt-surfaced play areas for tots and older children. In 1970, Italian-American artist Cosmo Campoli created a fanciful bronze sculpture called "Bird of Peace" which enlivens the park's central lawn. Though the park district expanded the park a bit during the following decade, several acres of cleared land immediately to the south remained undeveloped for years. In the mid-1980s, the Hyde Park Development Corporation recommended that the vacant property be used for stores and upscale townhouses. Many neighborhood residents instead favored expanding Nichols Park. After lobbying for the project for several years, the community convinced the City Council to approve the expansion. The park district's 1991 acquisition of the property brought Nichols Park to more than ten acres, and the new park land soon had a formal garden, a fountain, and a grassy courtyard. The park honors artist and urban planner John Fountain Nichols (1912-1980), a life-long resident of Hyde Park. A student of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nichols participated in the Federal Artists' Project during the Great Depression. (One of his many murals can be found at the north side Lane Technical High School.) After returning to his studies and earning a BFA during World War II, he taught art in south side public schools, later becoming an architectural draftsman. During the 1950s and 1960s, Nichols worked for the Department of Urban Renewal, developing plans to rehabilitate his Hyde Park neighborhood. After his retirement in the 1970s, Nichols continued to participate in arts-related events at Murray School, which sits adjacent to the park.

Parking/Directions

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

Nichols Park Community Garden

Nichols Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 1300 E. 55th St.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Cates Catering

Cates Catering

Location Notes: Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St.

Notes: Food & Beverage, 9am - 5pm, 312.841.8000

Nichols Fieldhouse

Nichols Fieldhouse

Hours: , , , , ,

Nichols Gymnasium

Nichols Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1355 E. 53rd st

Nichols Clubrooms

Nichols Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1355 E. 53rd 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 Nichols 110453Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:15From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
$900.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Nichols 98631InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Basketball - Open at Nichols 98835OpenSports - BasketballAt least 21 but less than 55Coed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$110.00
Basketball at Nichols 112900InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$25.00
Basketball at Nichols 112899InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$25.00
Bitty Basketball at Nichols 99100InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$25.00
Bitty Basketball at Nichols 99099InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Bitty Basketball at Nichols 99098InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Cardio Conditioning at Nichols 100331InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 18 but less than 50Coed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$45.00
Chair Exercise at Nichols 99240InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$5.00
Chair Exercise at Nichols 99239InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$5.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Nichols 99259InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$25.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Nichols 100509InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Fun and Games at Nichols 99681InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$15.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Nichols 100941InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:15From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
$300.00
Recreational Tumbling at Nichols 101114InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Recreational Tumbling at Nichols 101115InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Nichols 101982InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$15.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts Workshop - Family at Nichols 105016InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$41.00
Basketball - Open at Nichols 105257OpenSports - Basketball21 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:45From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
$102.00
Bitty Basketball at Nichols 105447InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$26.00
Bitty Basketball at Nichols 105445InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$26.00
Bitty Basketball at Nichols 105446InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$26.00
Cardio Conditioning at Nichols 106564InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$46.00
Chair Exercise at Nichols 105572InstructionWellness - Fitness50 and upCoed2015/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$6.00
Chair Exercise at Nichols 105571InstructionWellness - Fitness50 and upCoed2015/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$6.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Nichols 106736InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$26.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Nichols 105590InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$26.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Nichols 106988InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:15From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 6:30pm
$306.00
Recreational Tumbling at Nichols 107131InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$26.00
Recreational Tumbling at Nichols 107132InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$26.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Nichols 108116InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00

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Description

Located at 1355 E. 53rd St. in the Hyde Park community, Nichols Park totals 10.39 acres and features a gymnasium and a multi-purpose room. Green features of the park include a community flower garden, community vegetable gardens, and Wildflower Meadow. Outside, the park offers two playgrounds, a baseball diamond, walking path, and a sandbox. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose room.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, preschool activities, bitty basketball, tiny tot dance, and low impact aerobics. During the summer, youth can participate in the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Sports Camp.

In addition to programs, Nichols Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including our Pumpkin Patch, Winterfest and May Fest.

In 1963, the Chicago Park district acquired more than six acres of land in the deteriorating Hyde Park neighborhood from the city's Department of Urban Renewal. The park district soon improved the site with a reflecting pool, tennis courts, walkways, and asphalt-surfaced play areas for tots and older children. In 1970, Italian-American artist Cosmo Campoli created a fanciful bronze sculpture called "Bird of Peace" which enlivens the park's central lawn. Though the park district expanded the park a bit during the following decade, several acres of cleared land immediately to the south remained undeveloped for years. In the mid-1980s, the Hyde Park Development Corporation recommended that the vacant property be used for stores and upscale townhouses. Many neighborhood residents instead favored expanding Nichols Park. After lobbying for the project for several years, the community convinced the City Council to approve the expansion. The park district's 1991 acquisition of the property brought Nichols Park to more than ten acres, and the new park land soon had a formal garden, a fountain, and a grassy courtyard. The park honors artist and urban planner John Fountain Nichols (1912-1980), a life-long resident of Hyde Park. A student of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nichols participated in the Federal Artists' Project during the Great Depression. (One of his many murals can be found at the north side Lane Technical High School.) After returning to his studies and earning a BFA during World War II, he taught art in south side public schools, later becoming an architectural draftsman. During the 1950s and 1960s, Nichols worked for the Department of Urban Renewal, developing plans to rehabilitate his Hyde Park neighborhood. After his retirement in the 1970s, Nichols continued to participate in arts-related events at Murray School, which sits adjacent to the park.

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