Oz Park

  • 2021 N. Burling St.   Chicago, Illinois 60614 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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.

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Cowardly Lion

Cowardly Lion (1)

Location Notes: West of N. Larrabee Street and north of W. Dickens Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Dorothy and Toto

Dorothy and Toto (1)

Location Notes: South of W. Orchard Street and west of Dorothy’s Playground

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Scarecrow

Scarecrow (1)

Location Notes: Emerald City Garden, just south of W. Webster Avenue and west of N. Larrabee Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Tin Man

Tin Man (1)

Location Notes: South of W. Webster Avenue and west of N. Larrabee Street

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Oz Baseball

Oz Baseball

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Basketball

Oz Basketball

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Park - Creative Conecepts

Oz Park - Creative Conecepts

Location: 2021 N. Burling St.

Hours:

Phone: (312) 375-4398

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

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.

Descriptors: Grass

Oz Gymnasium

Oz Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

Notes: within Lincoln Park H.S,

Oz Playground

Oz PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Oz Tennis Court

Oz Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2021 N. Burling St.

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 22, 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
Basketball - Open at Oz 165196OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$67.00
Volleyball League at Oz 168976Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball21 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$256.00

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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.