Taylor Park

  • 39 W. 47th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Sidney Lewis
  • 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 CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Taylor Football/Soccer

Taylor Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Taylor Gymnasium

Taylor Gymnasium

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Clubroom

Taylor Clubroom

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Taylor Auditorium

Taylor Auditorium

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

Descriptors: Outdoor

Taylor Outdoor Court

Taylor Outdoor Court

Location Notes: 39 W. 47th St.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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 - Open at Taylor 165227OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/24 20:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
$27.00
Basketball at Taylor 165314InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$12.00
Basketball Partnership at Taylor 165369PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2016/10/17 22:00From October 17, 2016 to December 24, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Boxing at Taylor 165492InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
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
$37.00
Boxing at Taylor 165491InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
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 165490InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
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 165507InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$17.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 165718PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/09/24 19:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 165835CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/10/17 13:00October 17, 2016
Monday from 8am to 6pm
$9.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 165837CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/11/16 14:00November 16, 2016
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 165838CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/11/23 14:00November 23, 2016
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 165839CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/11/30 14:00November 30, 2016
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$9.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 165840CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/02 14:00December 2, 2016
Friday from 8am to 6pm
$9.00
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 165836CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/11/18 14:00November 18, 2016
Friday from 8am to 6pm
$9.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 166954PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$61.00
Neighborhood Soccer League at Taylor 167121Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at Taylor 167122Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at Taylor 167123Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Taylor 167320InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 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
$52.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Taylor 167400Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$156.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 167818InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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 167819InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Club at Taylor 168309OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$17.00
Winter Break Camp at Taylor 169052CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/26 14:00From December 26, 2016 to January 6, 2017
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
$72.00

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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.