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

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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.

Hours: , ,

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 Park Pool

Taylor Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)933-8418

Taylor Outdoor Court

Taylor Outdoor Court

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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 at Taylor 92349InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2014/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$10.00
Basketball Partnership at Taylor 92348PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2014/10/01 22:00From October 1, 2014 to December 20, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Boot Camp at Taylor 92449InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$20.00
Boxing at Taylor 92499InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2014/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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
$35.00
Boxing at Taylor 92498InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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 92497InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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 92524InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$15.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 92709PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2014/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 92804CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/11/26 14:00November 26, 2014
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$7.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 93732PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$60.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Taylor 110832InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$8.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Taylor 94086InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:30From August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$50.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Taylor 94144Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:30From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 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
$150.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 94431InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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 94432InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Taylor 94671InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$10.00
Small Group Training at Taylor 110834InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/11/05 01:00From November 4, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$25.00
Sports Conditioning at Taylor 110831InstructionCamps - Special InterestAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$8.00
Teen Club at Taylor 94868OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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
$15.00
Winter Break Camp at Taylor 95496CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/22 14:00From December 22, 2014 to January 2, 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
$70.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting Partnership at Taylor 114523PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 18Coed2015/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2015 to March 22, 2015
Each Sunday from 10am to Noon
$0
Acting Partnership at Taylor 114524PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 18Coed2015/01/11 18:00From January 11, 2015 to March 22, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Acting Partnership at Taylor 114522PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance4 and upCoed2015/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor 114462OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2015 to March 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
$25.00
Basketball at Taylor 98982InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Basketball at Taylor 114465InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Basketball Partnership at Taylor 98981PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Boxing at Taylor 99178InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$35.00
Boxing at Taylor 99177InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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 99176InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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 99201InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$15.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 99400PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 99475CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/19 14:00January 19, 2015
Monday from 8am to 6pm
$7.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 99476CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/02/16 14:00February 16, 2015
Monday from 8am to 6pm
$7.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 100341PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Taylor 100958InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:30From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 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
$50.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 101229InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$0
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 101230InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Taylor 101701OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$15.00

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Description

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.