Taylor Park

  • 39 W. 47th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Derrick Faulkner
  • 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.

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Taylor Diamond

Taylor Diamond

Location: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Basketball

Taylor Basketball

Location: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Boxing

Taylor Boxing

Location: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Fieldhouse

Taylor Fieldhouse

Location: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Fitness Center

Taylor Fitness Center

Location: 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: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Gymnasium

Taylor Gymnasium

Location: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Auditorium

Taylor Auditorium

Location: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Clubroom

Taylor Clubroom

Location: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Playground

Taylor Playground

Location: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Outdoor Court

Taylor Outdoor Court

Location: 39 W. 47th 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.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Taylor 81994InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Taylor 86300OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 20, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor 86298OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
$25.00
Boxing at Taylor 82136InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 22, 2014
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
$35.00
Boxing at Taylor 82133InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
Free
Boxing at Taylor 82134InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 22, 2014
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
Free
Clubhouse Camp at Taylor 82160CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$175.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 86301PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoedFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$35.00
Day Camp at Taylor 82308CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$175.00
Early Bird Camp at Taylor 82410CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$60.00
Extended Camp at Taylor 82485CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 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
$60.00
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Taylor 82670Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 11 but less than 13MaleFrom June 9, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Free
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Taylor 82702Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom May 27, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Free
Junior Bear Football at Taylor 82734InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13MaleFrom July 15, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Free
Late Summer Camp at Taylor 82774CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 16CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
$125.00
Learn to Swim at Taylor 82946InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Taylor 82945InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 83001PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAnyCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 21, 2014
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 82535InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$9.00
Open Swim at Taylor 86880OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Taylor 86885OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Taylor 86887OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Taylor 86888OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Free
Open Swim at Taylor 109581OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Free
Small Group Personal Training at Taylor 83650InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom July 22, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$25.00
Sports Camp at Taylor 83308CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 15CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
$125.00
Sports Camp at Taylor 83309CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$175.00
Sports Conditioning at Taylor 82534InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$9.00
TEAM Sports at Taylor 83384InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Teen Camp at Taylor 83406CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$175.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Taylor 83456Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
Free
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Taylor 83457Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
Free
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Taylor 83457Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
Free
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Taylor 92349InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18MaleFrom 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 13MaleFrom 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
Free
Boot Camp at Taylor 92449InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom 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 18CoedFrom 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
Free
Cardio Line Dance at Taylor 92524InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$15.00
Dance - Steppers at Taylor 92709InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Free
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 92800CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedOctober 13, 2014
Monday from 8am to 6pm
$7.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 92803CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedNovember 11, 2014
Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
$7.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 92804CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedNovember 26, 2014
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$7.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 92801CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedNovember 7, 2014
Friday from 8am to 6pm
$7.00
Martial Arts at Taylor 93732InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Free
Neighborhood Soccer League at Taylor 93958Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Neighborhood Soccer League at Taylor 93959Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 11CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Neighborhood Soccer League at Taylor 93960Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Free
Small Group Training at Taylor 110833InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to October 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$25.00
Small Group Training at Taylor 110834InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom 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 16CoedFrom 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 17CoedFrom 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 13CoedFrom 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

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 39 W. 47th St. 4
Basketball Court - Outdoor 39 W. 47th St. 6
Boxing Gym 39 W. 47th St. 1
Fieldhouse 39 W. 47th St. 0
Fitness Centers 39 W. 47th St. 1 M-F 9am-9pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pmADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 39 W. 47th St. 2
Gymnasiums 39 W. 47th St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 39 W. 47th St. 2
Meeting/Event Space 39 W. 47th St. 6
Playgrounds 39 W. 47th St. 1
Swimming Pools 39 W. 47th St. 0
Tennis Courts 39 W. 47th St. 2
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.