Taylor Park

  • 39 W. 47th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Ivan Simmons
  • 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, an athletic field for football or soccer, a tennis court, a 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 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, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

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 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 2017.

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
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Taylor 223940InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/07/11 22:00From July 11, 2017 to November 3, 2017
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
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Taylor 196289InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/07/11 22:00From July 11, 2017 to October 27, 2017
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Band Arts Partner at Taylor 224580PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Band Arts Partner at Taylor 224581PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball Partnership at Taylor 205433PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2017/10/09 22:00From October 9, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Boxing at Taylor 205576InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$39.00
Boxing at Taylor 205574InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 24, 2017
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 205575InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 24, 2017
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 224335InstructionSports - Boxing60 and upFemale2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Boxing at Taylor 224334InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upFemale2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$10.00
Cardio Conditioning at Taylor 205594InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 205820PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/09/16 19:00From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Taylor 207118InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:30From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 2017
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
$55.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Taylor 207178Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:30From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$165.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 207471InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
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 207472InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Club at Taylor 208007OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/09/04 20:00From September 4, 2017 to December 15, 2017
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
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Taylor 224137Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/08/25 22:00From August 25, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Taylor 208584CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/18 14:00From December 18, 2017 to December 29, 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
$76.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Taylor 213376InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 20:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$52.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Taylor 219303InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 19:30From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$52.00

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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, an athletic field for football or soccer, a tennis court, a 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 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, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

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.