Ping Tom Memorial Park

  • 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Farah Tunks
  • 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.

Ping Tom Boathouse

Ping Tom Boathouse

Location Notes: 300 W. 19th Street

Notes: public dock & kayak rental: Urban Kayaks

Ping Tom Park - Urban Kayaks

Ping Tom Park - Urban Kayaks

Location: 300 W. 19th St.

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)965-2113

Notes:

www.urbankayaks.com

Leonard Louie Fieldhouse

Leonard Louie FieldhouseAccessible

Location Notes: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Hours: , ,

Ping Tom Fitness Center

Ping Tom Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Notes: M-F: 9 AM – 9 PM; Sa: 9 AM – 5 PM; Su: 9 AM- 2 PM

Ping Tom Gymnasium

Ping Tom Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Location Notes: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Notes: Two community rooms and a second story outdoor patio with skyline views

Ping Tom Memorial Park Pool

Ping Tom Memorial Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)225-0955

6/29-8/7 Ping Tom Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 6/26/2015 - 8/8/2015

Check with the pool/park for adjusted July 3rd & 4th hours.

Notice Valid From: 7/2/2015 - 7/5/2015

Events

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 120403OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 118028InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/30 13:00From June 30, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 118029InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/07/02 13:00From July 2, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Badminton - Open at Ping Tom 118049OpenSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2015/06/15 23:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Badminton - Open at Ping Tom 131729OpenSports - Badminton8 and upCoed2015/06/20 19:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 118141OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2015/06/21 17:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 118142OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 118140OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 131728OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 118139OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2015/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 131726OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2015/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
CPD Swim Club at Ping Tom 118296InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$75.00
Day Camp at Ping Tom 118420CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$350.00
Early Bird Camp at Ping Tom 118538CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$102.00
Extended Camp at Ping Tom 118618CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$102.00
Family Swim at Ping Tom 118890OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/30 23:30From June 30, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Ping Tom 132173InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/15 23:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Ping Tom 132174InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 23:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$17.00
Lap Swim at Ping Tom 131750OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Ping Tom 119451CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/08/10 14:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$102.00
Late Summer Camp at Ping Tom 119452CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/08/17 14:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$102.00
Leadership Camp at Ping Tom 131746CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/06/25 13:00From June 25, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 2pm
Each Friday from 8am to 2pm
$0
Leadership Camp at Ping Tom 131747CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$0
Leadership Camp at Ping Tom 131748CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 6pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 6pm
Each Friday from Noon to 6pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 119619InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/07/05 16:00From July 5, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 119613InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/06/29 20:00From June 29, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 119614InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/06/30 20:00From June 30, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 119615InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/07/01 20:00From July 1, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 119616InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/07/02 20:00From July 2, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 119617InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/07/03 20:00From July 3, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 119618InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/07/04 16:00From July 4, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 119620InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/07/04 17:00From July 4, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Open Swim at Ping Tom 120395OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/30 17:00From June 30, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Ping Tom 131752OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/07/04 15:00From July 4, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
POST Family Swim at Ping Tom 131108OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/25 23:30From August 25, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
POST Lap Swim at Ping Tom 131751OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 14:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
POST Open Swim at Ping Tom 131109OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/25 17:00From August 25, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
POST Senior Swim at Ping Tom 131111OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/25 13:00From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
POST Youth Swim at Ping Tom 131112OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Ping Tom 132302OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 18:15From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 121009InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/20 22:00From July 20, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 121007InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to July 13, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 121008InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 22:00From June 17, 2015 to July 15, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 121010InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/22 22:00From July 22, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$26.00
Table Tennis League at Ping Tom 121140Individual_LeagueSports - Table Tennis13 and upCoed2015/06/17 23:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
TEAM Sports at Ping Tom 121184InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$28.00
Volleyball - Open at Ping Tom 118143OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/07/03 23:30From July 3, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 121542InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/16 00:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$17.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 121543InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/18 00:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$17.00

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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.