Oz Park

  • 2021 N. Burling St.   Chicago, Illinois 60614 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Adele Bach
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7898

Located in the Lincoln Park community, parents gather with their preschoolers at Oz Park to enjoy the park which celebrates "The Wizard of Oz" theme. “Dorothy’s Playlot” is filled with play equipment for the little ones to climb, swing, and run. In the "Emerald Garden", families can enjoy a leisurely afternoon among the beautiful flowers. Take a stroll through the park and you’ll be greeted by statues of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and everyone’s favorite, Dorothy & Toto. Organized activities for children include soccer and t-ball.

The park features Dorothy's Playground, a community garden, tennis courts, ball fields, basketball courts, and soccer/football fields. 

We invite you to check out our programs offered year-round!

History

Although the area surrounding Oz Park is considered prime real estate today, in the late 1950s it was in sub-standard condition. In the 1960s, the Lincoln Park Conservation Association approached the City of Chicago in efforts to improve the community, and the neighborhood was soon designated as the Lincoln Park Urban Renewal Area. The urban renewal plan identified a 13 acre-site for a new park, and in 1974, the Chicago Park District acquired the land. In 1976, the park was officially named Oz Park in honor of Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919), the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum settled in Chicago in 1891 several miles west of what is now the park. Having begun writing children's books at age 41, Baum wrote more than 60 books, including 14 Oz books, by the end of his life. In 1939, the production of an MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz, immortalized Baum's classic work of fiction. In the early 1990s, the Oz Park Advisory Council and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce commissioned artist John Kearney to create a Tin Man sculpture, installed in October 1995, the Cowardly Lion, installed in May 2001 and the7 ft./800 lb. cast bronze Scarecrow, installed June 2005. In Spring 2007 Dorothy & Toto joined their friends in the park. Other elements which celebrate Oz Park's theme, include the "Emerald Garden" and "Dorothy's Playlot." The playlot not only relates to the park's name, but also to that of its donor, Dorothy Melamerson, a retired local school teacher whose savings have paid for a number of park improvements in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The Oz Park Advisory Council raised more than $250,000 to support enhancements to Oz Park.

Parking/Directions

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

Oz Baseball

Oz Baseball

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Basketball

Oz Basketball

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Garden

Oz Garden

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Oz Park - Hubby's Dog House

Oz Park - Hubby's Dog House

Location: 2021 N. Burling St.

Hours:

Phone: (847)370-7205

Oz Fieldhouse

Oz Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Hours: , , ,

Notes: within Lincoln Park H.S.

Oz Football/Soccer

Oz Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Gymnasium

Oz Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Notes: within Lincoln Park H.S,

Oz Playground

Oz PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Tennis Court

Oz Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

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 Monday, December 8, 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
Acting at Oz 114017InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:45From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Oz 98839OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$65.00
Teen Leadership Club at Oz 114020InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:45From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Volleyball League at Oz 102180Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball21 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$246.00

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Located in the Lincoln Park community, parents gather with their preschoolers at Oz Park to enjoy the park which celebrates "The Wizard of Oz" theme. “Dorothy’s Playlot” is filled with play equipment for the little ones to climb, swing, and run. In the "Emerald Garden", families can enjoy a leisurely afternoon among the beautiful flowers. Take a stroll through the park and you’ll be greeted by statues of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and everyone’s favorite, Dorothy & Toto. Organized activities for children include soccer and t-ball.

The park features Dorothy's Playground, a community garden, tennis courts, ball fields, basketball courts, and soccer/football fields. 

We invite you to check out our programs offered year-round!

Although the area surrounding Oz Park is considered prime real estate today, in the late 1950s it was in sub-standard condition. In the 1960s, the Lincoln Park Conservation Association approached the City of Chicago in efforts to improve the community, and the neighborhood was soon designated as the Lincoln Park Urban Renewal Area. The urban renewal plan identified a 13 acre-site for a new park, and in 1974, the Chicago Park District acquired the land. In 1976, the park was officially named Oz Park in honor of Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919), the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum settled in Chicago in 1891 several miles west of what is now the park. Having begun writing children's books at age 41, Baum wrote more than 60 books, including 14 Oz books, by the end of his life. In 1939, the production of an MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz, immortalized Baum's classic work of fiction. In the early 1990s, the Oz Park Advisory Council and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce commissioned artist John Kearney to create a Tin Man sculpture, installed in October 1995, the Cowardly Lion, installed in May 2001 and the7 ft./800 lb. cast bronze Scarecrow, installed June 2005. In Spring 2007 Dorothy & Toto joined their friends in the park. Other elements which celebrate Oz Park's theme, include the "Emerald Garden" and "Dorothy's Playlot." The playlot not only relates to the park's name, but also to that of its donor, Dorothy Melamerson, a retired local school teacher whose savings have paid for a number of park improvements in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The Oz Park Advisory Council raised more than $250,000 to support enhancements to Oz Park.

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