Taylor Park

  • 39 W. 47th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Derrick Faulkner
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6728

Located in the Grand Boulevard Community Area, Taylor Park in Bronzeville totals 9.65 acres and features a fieldhouse, various meeting rooms, a combination gymnasium and assembly hall, fitness center and a boxing center. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, athletic field for football or soccer, tennis court, swimming pool and a playground

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. On the cultural side, Taylor Park in Bronzeville Park offers music and dance classes as well. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Fitness Fun Days and Movies in the Park.

History

Taylor Park in Bronzeville sits on West 47th Street, at the heart of the former Robert Taylor Homes, once the nation's largest public housing project. The Chicago Housing Authority developed the Taylor Homes in the early 1960s, cutting a wide swath along the western edge of Bronzeville, Chicago's historic "Black Metropolis." The housing complex, designed by Shaw, Metz, and Associates, included a substantial community building with various meeting rooms and a combination gymnasium and assembly hall. In 1962, the CHA began to lease this community building, along with 7.5 acres surrounding it, to the Chicago Park District. The following year, the park district installed tennis courts, a playground, and extensive plantings on the property. In 1967, CHA sold a small portion of the land to the park district, which in turn constructed a new swimming pool there. The park and the surrounding housing complex honor Robert Rochon Taylor (1890--1959), the first African-American to head the CHA. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Taylor obtained a graduate degree in architecture from Howard University. Relocating to Chicago, he began building small, affordable homes for blacks. His work soon drew the attention of Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears and Roebuck and one of Chicago's foremost philanthropists. In 1929, Taylor helped Rosenwald and Rosenwald's nephew, fellow architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr., plan the Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments, the city's first low-income housing complex for African-Americans. Taylor managed the Michigan Boulevard development until his death in 1959. Taylor's work on the Michigan Boulevard development led to his appointment to the CHA board of directors, on which he served from 1938 to 1950. He became CHA chairman in 1943.

Parking/Directions

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

Taylor Diamond

Taylor Diamond

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Basketball

Taylor Basketball

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Boxing

Taylor Boxing

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Fieldhouse

Taylor Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

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Taylor Fitness Center

Taylor Fitness Center

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Notes: M-F 9am-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pmADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Taylor Football/Soccer

Taylor Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Gymnasium

Taylor Gymnasium

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Auditorium

Taylor Auditorium

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Clubroom

Taylor Clubroom

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Playground

Taylor Playground

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Outdoor Court

Taylor Outdoor Court

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

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 Taylor 120564OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/13 16:00From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Taylor 118101InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/16 18:00From June 16, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor 118153OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$26.00
Boxing at Taylor 118239InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/06/15 17:30From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
Boxing at Taylor 118238InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 20:30From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Boxing at Taylor 118237InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/15 20:30From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Clubhouse Camp at Taylor 118284CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 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
$180.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 118315PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$15.00
Day Camp at Taylor 118439CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/06/29 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
$180.00
Early Bird Camp at Taylor 118551CampsCamps - 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
$65.00
Extended Camp at Taylor 118632CampsCamps - 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
$65.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Taylor 119196Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/05/26 19:00From May 26, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Taylor 119226InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 14Male2015/07/14 22:00From July 14, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Late Summer Camp at Taylor 119458CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/08/10 13:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$130.00
Learn to Swim at Taylor 119655InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/21 17:15From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Taylor 119654InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 119715PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAnyCoed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$60.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Taylor Cancelled119718InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Open Swim at Taylor 120558OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 21:45From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Adult Swim at Taylor 131123OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/29 16:00From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Open Swim at Taylor 131124OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 21:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Teen Swim at Taylor 131125OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Taylor 131126OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 18:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Taylor 131861OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 16:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Taylor Cancelled121016InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/22 00:00From July 21, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$26.00
Sports Camp at Taylor 121095CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/08/10 13:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$130.00
Sports Camp at Taylor 121096CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 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
$180.00
Sports Conditioning at Taylor Cancelled121108InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
TEAM Sports at Taylor 121191InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 22:45From June 16, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Teen Camp at Taylor 121213CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 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
$180.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Taylor 121257Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2015/06/30 21:00From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Taylor 121256Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/30 21:00From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Swim at Taylor 120550OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 20:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Taylor 132136Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Youth Swim at Taylor 120539OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/12 18:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor 147692OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
$26.00
Basketball at Taylor 125457InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$11.00
Basketball Partnership at Taylor 125498PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2015/10/12 22:00From October 12, 2015 to December 19, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Boxing at Taylor 125623InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 8:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 8:30pm
$36.00
Boxing at Taylor 125622InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 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
$0
Boxing at Taylor 125621InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 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
$0
Cardio Line Dance at Taylor 125643InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$16.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 125840PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 125933CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/10/12 13:00October 12, 2015
Monday from 8am to 6pm
$8.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 125935CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/11/11 14:00November 11, 2015
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 125936CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/11/18 14:00November 18, 2015
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 147700CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/11/25 14:00November 25, 2015
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$8.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 147706CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/11/27 14:00November 27, 2015
Friday from 8am to 6pm
$8.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 125934CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/11/13 14:00November 13, 2015
Friday from 8am to 6pm
$8.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 126973PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to November 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$60.00
Neighborhood Soccer League at Taylor 127209Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to November 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at Taylor 127210Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to November 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at Taylor 127211Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to November 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall Session at Taylor 127374InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 19:30From August 24, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
$51.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Taylor 127455Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 19:30From August 24, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
$153.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 127741InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 127742InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Club at Taylor 128214OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/09/07 20:00From September 7, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6:30pm
$16.00
Winter Break Camp at Taylor 128873CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/12/21 14:00From December 21, 2015 to January 1, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$71.00

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Located in the Grand Boulevard Community Area, Taylor Park in Bronzeville totals 9.65 acres and features a fieldhouse, various meeting rooms, a combination gymnasium and assembly hall, fitness center and a boxing center. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, athletic field for football or soccer, tennis court, swimming pool and a playground

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. On the cultural side, Taylor Park in Bronzeville Park offers music and dance classes as well. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Fitness Fun Days and Movies in the Park.

Taylor Park in Bronzeville sits on West 47th Street, at the heart of the former Robert Taylor Homes, once the nation's largest public housing project. The Chicago Housing Authority developed the Taylor Homes in the early 1960s, cutting a wide swath along the western edge of Bronzeville, Chicago's historic "Black Metropolis." The housing complex, designed by Shaw, Metz, and Associates, included a substantial community building with various meeting rooms and a combination gymnasium and assembly hall. In 1962, the CHA began to lease this community building, along with 7.5 acres surrounding it, to the Chicago Park District. The following year, the park district installed tennis courts, a playground, and extensive plantings on the property. In 1967, CHA sold a small portion of the land to the park district, which in turn constructed a new swimming pool there. The park and the surrounding housing complex honor Robert Rochon Taylor (1890--1959), the first African-American to head the CHA. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Taylor obtained a graduate degree in architecture from Howard University. Relocating to Chicago, he began building small, affordable homes for blacks. His work soon drew the attention of Julius Rosenwald, president of Sears and Roebuck and one of Chicago's foremost philanthropists. In 1929, Taylor helped Rosenwald and Rosenwald's nephew, fellow architect Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr., plan the Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments, the city's first low-income housing complex for African-Americans. Taylor managed the Michigan Boulevard development until his death in 1959. Taylor's work on the Michigan Boulevard development led to his appointment to the CHA board of directors, on which he served from 1938 to 1950. He became CHA chairman in 1943.

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