Owens Park

  • 8800 S. Clyde Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jetaune Guyton
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6709

Located in the South Calumet community, Owens (Jesse) Park totals 17.23 acres. A newly constructed field house was built in 2009 and features a gymnasium, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include a G.O. friendly building, nature garden surrounding the park, a rooftop garden and solar panels on the roof. Outside, the park offers four ball diamonds, a multi-purpose field, tennis courts, an Olympic–themed playground, and 5 picnic groves. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Special Recreation, arts & crafts, and youth and adult fitness classes. During the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Jesse Owens Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

History

When Chicago's Calumet Heights neighborhood experienced a building boom after World War II, the Chicago Park District established a new park there to meet the area's increasing recreational needs. The park district acquired more than 17 acres of property in 1947, and constructed a recreation building, a spray pool, and ball fields during the following decade. The new park was initially known as Stony Island Park for nearby Stony Island Avenue. In the 1980s, the Women's Committee for a Chicago Black Athletic Hall of Fame, the 87th Street Businessman's Association, and park district vice-president Margaret T. Burroughs suggested that the park be renamed in honor of world-renowned athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980). Owens, an African-American, was born in Danville, Alabama in 1913 and attended Ohio State University, where he was an All-American in track and field. Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, running the 100-meter dash in 10.3 seconds (tying the world record), jumping 26'5.25" in the long jump (an Olympic record), running the 200-meter dash in 20.7 seconds (an Olympic record), and running the first leg of the 400 meter relay in 39.8 seconds (an Olympic and world record). Owens won much recognition for his athletic prowess. The Associated Press acclaimed him the "Athlete of the Half Century" in 1950, and President Ford awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976. Owens, who travelled extensively throughout his life, served briefly as director of the Chicago Boys Club, the Illinois State Athletic Commission, and the Illinois Youth Commission.

Parking/Directions

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

Owens Baseball

Owens Baseball

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Basketball

Owens Basketball

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Fieldhouse

Owens Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Hours: , ,

Owens

Owens

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Notes: M-F, 8-8pm; Sa, 9-5pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Owens Football/Soccer

Owens Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Gymnasium

Owens Gymnasium

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Clubrooms

Owens Clubrooms

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Playground

Owens PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Tennis Courts

Owens Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Spray Pool

Owens Spray Pool

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 Owens 92064InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2014/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$5.00
Basketball - Open at Owens 93740OpenSports - Basketball35 and upMale2014/09/02 15:00From September 2, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$140.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 92831InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2014/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 92830InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2014/09/17 14:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 92832InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2014/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Go Girl Go at Owens 93048InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 12Female2014/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$0
Kickboxing at Owens 93458InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 22:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$16.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Owens 91851InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens Cancelled93756InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2014/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$5.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens Cancelled93757InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2014/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$5.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens Cancelled93758InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2014/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$5.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens Cancelled93759InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2014/09/17 16:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$5.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Owens 94073InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:00From August 25, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$70.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Owens 94135Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:00From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$210.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Session at Owens 94021InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:00From August 25, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$55.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) Fall Winter Spring at Owens 94024Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:00From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$165.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 94539InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/10/27 22:30From October 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Owens 112234InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 22Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$35.00
Sports Conditioning - Teen Fit Box at Owens 111493InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/17 21:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 111488InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 15:15From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$12.00
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 111490InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/19 15:15From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$12.00
Teen Leadership Club at Owens 94902InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$5.00
Walking Club at Owens 95451OpenWellness - Fitness50 and upCoed2014/09/16 13:00From September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Friday from 8am to 9:30am
$0
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Owens 112978CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 22Coed2014/12/22 15:00From December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$30.00
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Owens 112979CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/22 15:00From December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$30.00
Winter Break Camp at Owens 95492CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/22 15:00From December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$50.00
Yoga at Owens 111486InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2014/09/15 15:15From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$12.00
Yoga at Owens 111485InstructionWellness - Yoga17 and upCoed2014/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Owens 112492InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 60 but less than 90Coed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Owens 98838OpenSports - Basketball35 and upMale2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$110.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Owens 99138InstructionSports - BowlingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Owens 112635InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 22, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$10.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Owens 112636InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$35.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 99574InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 113853InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 15:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 113854InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Game Room - Open at Owens 112634OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
$0
Game Room - Open at Owens 112633OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Go Girl Go at Owens 99720InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$0
Kickboxing at Owens 100054InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$16.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Owens 100333InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Owens 100944InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$70.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Winter Session at Owens 100892InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$55.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 101427InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 23:30From January 5, 2015 to February 2, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 101428InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/16 23:30From February 16, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 113860InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 16:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 101574InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 16:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Teen Fit Box at Owens 113861InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Owens 101729InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$5.00
Walking Club at Owens 102199OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2015/01/05 14:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Friday from 8am to 9:30am
$0
Yoga at Owens 99312InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$12.00
Yoga at Owens 113859InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00

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Located in the South Calumet community, Owens (Jesse) Park totals 17.23 acres. A newly constructed field house was built in 2009 and features a gymnasium, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include a G.O. friendly building, nature garden surrounding the park, a rooftop garden and solar panels on the roof. Outside, the park offers four ball diamonds, a multi-purpose field, tennis courts, an Olympic–themed playground, and 5 picnic groves. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Special Recreation, arts & crafts, and youth and adult fitness classes. During the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Jesse Owens Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

When Chicago's Calumet Heights neighborhood experienced a building boom after World War II, the Chicago Park District established a new park there to meet the area's increasing recreational needs. The park district acquired more than 17 acres of property in 1947, and constructed a recreation building, a spray pool, and ball fields during the following decade. The new park was initially known as Stony Island Park for nearby Stony Island Avenue. In the 1980s, the Women's Committee for a Chicago Black Athletic Hall of Fame, the 87th Street Businessman's Association, and park district vice-president Margaret T. Burroughs suggested that the park be renamed in honor of world-renowned athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980). Owens, an African-American, was born in Danville, Alabama in 1913 and attended Ohio State University, where he was an All-American in track and field. Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, running the 100-meter dash in 10.3 seconds (tying the world record), jumping 26'5.25" in the long jump (an Olympic record), running the 200-meter dash in 20.7 seconds (an Olympic record), and running the first leg of the 400 meter relay in 39.8 seconds (an Olympic and world record). Owens won much recognition for his athletic prowess. The Associated Press acclaimed him the "Athlete of the Half Century" in 1950, and President Ford awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976. Owens, who travelled extensively throughout his life, served briefly as director of the Chicago Boys Club, the Illinois State Athletic Commission, and the Illinois Youth Commission.

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