Oz Park

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

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Oz Baseball

Oz Baseball

Location: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Basketball

Oz Basketball

Location: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Garden

Oz Garden

Location: 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.

Oz Fieldhouse

Oz Fieldhouse

Location: 2021 N. Burling St.

Notes: within Lincoln Park H.S.

Oz Football/Soccer

Oz Football/Soccer

Location: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Gymnasium

Oz Gymnasium

Location: 2021 N. Burling St.

Notes: within Lincoln Park H.S,

Oz Playground

Oz PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 2021 N. Burling St.

Oz Tennis Court

Oz Tennis Court

Location: 2021 N. Burling St.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 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
Basketball - Open at Oz 92212OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$65.00
Volleyball at Oz 95409Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball21 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$246.00

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Description

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!

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 2021 N. Burling St. 3
Basketball Court - Outdoor 2021 N. Burling St. 4
Community Gardens 2021 N. Burling St. Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Concessions Oz Park, 2021 N. Burling St. 0
Fieldhouse 2021 N. Burling St. 0 within Lincoln Park H.S.
Football / Soccer 2021 N. Burling St. 1
Gymnasiums 2021 N. Burling St. 1 within Lincoln Park H.S,
Playgrounds 2021 N. Burling St. 0
Tennis Courts 2021 N. Burling St. 4
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.