Ping Tom Memorial Park

  • 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: vacant
  • Park Phone: (312) 225-3121

Ping Tom Memorial Park's 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River in he Armour Square Community. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of impressive river views. The park has a children's playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements.

In June of 2013, the Chicago Park District opened a new boat house in Ping Tom Park.  The boat house offers kayak rentals during the summer season and a public dock that is available for use by non-motorized boats during park hours.  Restrooms are also available to the public when the boathouse vendor is operating.  For details on hours of operation, please visit www.urbankayaks.com.

In 2002 the District acquired 4.98 acres from the RR (Burlington Northern / Santa Fe) north of 18th Street and west of Wentworth.  Following community planning meetings it was determined that a new field house and athletic ball field would be constructed on the new acreage.  In 2004 the athletic field was completed.

In October, 2013, the Ping Tom Memorial Park fieldhouse was completed and opened to the public.  The fieldhouse offers the community, a multi-purpose gymnasium, 9ft. deep zero depth entry indoor swimming pool, 2 meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, men's women and family locker rooms, 2nd story outdoor patio with skyline views, green roof top, elevator and full service kitchen.   In 2015, the fieldhouse was named in honor of the late Advisory Council President, Leonard Louie.
 

 

History

The Chicago Park District acquired the site for Ping Tom Memorial Park in 1991. For years, its surrounding Chinatown community had suffered a total lack of open space and recreational facilities. The only nearby parks, Hardin Square and Stanford Park, had been demolished 30 years earlier to make way for the Dan Ryan Expressway. Two full generations of children in Chinatown grew up without access to a neighborhood park or any recreational area. Ping Tom Memorial Park's 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of impressive river views. The park has a children's playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements. The park was named in honor of the leading force behind its creation, Chinatown's most noted civic leader, Ping Tom (1935-1995). A lifelong resident of Chinatown, Ping Tom formed the Chinese American Development Corporation in 1984. The private real estate firm transformed a 32-acre rail yard site into Chinatown Square, a $100 million dollar residential and commercial expansion of Chinatown. Active in numerous prominent civic and cultural institutions, Ping Tom was also an advisor to U.S. senators, Illinois governors, and Chicago mayors. In 2002, the Chicago Park District acquired 5 additional acres on the northeast side of the park. Landscape improvements to the expanded area of Ping Tom Memorial Park will soon follow.

Parking/Directions

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

Stone Talk

Stone Talk (1)

Location Notes: SE Field House lawn

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Ping Tom Diamond

Ping Tom Diamond

Notes: Youth only

Descriptors: Junior, Grass, Has Player Seating

Ping Tom Boathouse

Ping Tom Boathouse

Location Notes: Enter at 300 W. 19th Street

Notes:

Has river access. Water taxi stop April - October.  Kayak rental: Urban Kayaks
 

 

 

Descriptors: Has Restroom

Ping Tom Park - Urban Kayaks

Ping Tom Park - Urban Kayaks

Location: 300 W. 19th St.

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)965-2113

Notes: www.urbankayaks.com

Descriptors: Water Recreation

Leonard M. Louie Fieldhouse

Leonard M. Louie FieldhouseAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes: Has family locker room

Descriptors: Has Air Conditioning, Has Locker Room, Has Showers, Has Wi-fi

Ping Tom Fitness Center

Ping Tom Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Ping Tom Gymnasium

Ping Tom GymnasiumAccessible

Notes: Scoreboard available upon request. Volleyball nets available upon request. Court is marked for badminton, volleyball & basketball. Room can be used as one large gym or two smaller gyms (total of six rims).

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Notes: Two community rooms separate with a capacity of 50 each, combined have a capacity of 80. Sink included in one.

Ping Tom Playground

Ping Tom PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Events

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Tsukasa Taiko at Ping Tom

Location: Ping Tom Memorial Park, Chicago, IL  IL

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Open House at Ping Tom

Location: Ping Tom Memorial Park, Chicago, IL  IL

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. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Adult Swim at Ping Tom 155934OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/25 20:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 156021InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 13:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 159334InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 14:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 156022InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 13:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 159335InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 14:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Badminton - Open at Ping Tom 156082OpenSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 156177OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2016/06/26 17:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 159911OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 156178OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 156176OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 156180OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 156175OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2016/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 156179OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2016/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
CPD Swim Club at Ping Tom 156327InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$75.00
Day Camp at Ping Tom 156452CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$386.00
Early Bird Camp at Ping Tom 156563CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$104.00
Extended Camp at Ping Tom 156651CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$104.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Ping Tom 156758InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 14:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$18.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Ping Tom 160080InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 18:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$18.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Ping Tom 156759InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 14:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$18.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Ping Tom 159782InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 18:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 1:15pm to 2pm
$18.00
Lap Swim at Ping Tom 156988OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Ping Tom 157021CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 4pm
Each Friday from 9am to 4pm
$104.00
Late Summer Camp at Ping Tom 157022CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/08/22 14:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 4pm
Each Friday from 9am to 4pm
$104.00
Leadership Camp at Ping Tom 157061CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2016/06/30 14:00From June 30, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 157189InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 157190InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 20:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 157191InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/22 20:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 157192InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 20:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 157193InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/24 20:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 157194InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 157196InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/07/09 17:00From July 9, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Ping Tom 157351OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Ping Tom 157420OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Pilates at Ping Tom 160077InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 13:30From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:15am
$18.00
Pilates at Ping Tom 160078InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 19:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$18.00
Pilates at Ping Tom 159779InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 13:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:15am
$18.00
Pilates at Ping Tom 160079InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 19:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 2:15pm to 3pm
$18.00
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 158174InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/26 21:15From July 26, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 158175InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/27 22:00From July 27, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$27.00
Table Tennis League at Ping Tom 158287Individual_LeagueSports - Table Tennis13 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00
TEAM Sports at Ping Tom 158331InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Volleyball - Open at Ping Tom 158651OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/07/08 23:30From July 8, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$61.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 158713InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/21 12:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:15am
$18.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 160075InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/21 15:45From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$18.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 160081InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/21 17:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
$18.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 158714InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 12:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:15am
$18.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 160076InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 15:45From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 10:45am to 11:30am
$18.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 160082InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 17:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
$18.00

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Description

Ping Tom Memorial Park's 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River in he Armour Square Community. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of impressive river views. The park has a children's playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements.

In June of 2013, the Chicago Park District opened a new boat house in Ping Tom Park.  The boat house offers kayak rentals during the summer season and a public dock that is available for use by non-motorized boats during park hours.  Restrooms are also available to the public when the boathouse vendor is operating.  For details on hours of operation, please visit www.urbankayaks.com.

In 2002 the District acquired 4.98 acres from the RR (Burlington Northern / Santa Fe) north of 18th Street and west of Wentworth.  Following community planning meetings it was determined that a new field house and athletic ball field would be constructed on the new acreage.  In 2004 the athletic field was completed.

In October, 2013, the Ping Tom Memorial Park fieldhouse was completed and opened to the public.  The fieldhouse offers the community, a multi-purpose gymnasium, 9ft. deep zero depth entry indoor swimming pool, 2 meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, men's women and family locker rooms, 2nd story outdoor patio with skyline views, green roof top, elevator and full service kitchen.   In 2015, the fieldhouse was named in honor of the late Advisory Council President, Leonard Louie.
 

 

The Chicago Park District acquired the site for Ping Tom Memorial Park in 1991. For years, its surrounding Chinatown community had suffered a total lack of open space and recreational facilities. The only nearby parks, Hardin Square and Stanford Park, had been demolished 30 years earlier to make way for the Dan Ryan Expressway. Two full generations of children in Chinatown grew up without access to a neighborhood park or any recreational area. Ping Tom Memorial Park's 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of impressive river views. The park has a children's playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements. The park was named in honor of the leading force behind its creation, Chinatown's most noted civic leader, Ping Tom (1935-1995). A lifelong resident of Chinatown, Ping Tom formed the Chinese American Development Corporation in 1984. The private real estate firm transformed a 32-acre rail yard site into Chinatown Square, a $100 million dollar residential and commercial expansion of Chinatown. Active in numerous prominent civic and cultural institutions, Ping Tom was also an advisor to U.S. senators, Illinois governors, and Chicago mayors. In 2002, the Chicago Park District acquired 5 additional acres on the northeast side of the park. Landscape improvements to the expanded area of Ping Tom Memorial Park will soon follow.

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