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.

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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

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
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
Boxing at Taylor 92497InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom 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 Partnership at Taylor 92709PartnershipGroupCulture 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
KidzEnergy at Taylor 110830InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$8.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 93732PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoedFrom 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 12CoedFrom 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 13CoedFrom 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 13CoedFrom 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 13CoedFrom 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
Free
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 94432InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 8CoedFrom 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
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Taylor 94671InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom 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 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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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.