Taylor Park

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

Hours: ,

Notes: 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.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Taylor 127455Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 19:30From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 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
$153.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor 136639OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
$26.00
Basketball at Taylor 136754InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball Partnership at Taylor 136827PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 19, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
$0
Boxing at Taylor 136963InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/01/04 18:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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
$36.00
Boxing at Taylor 136962InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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 136961InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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 Conditioning at Taylor 136978InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$21.00
Cardio Line Dance at Taylor 136988InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$16.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 137170PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2016 to March 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Taylor 137268CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/02/15 14:00February 15, 2016
Monday from 8am to 6pm
$8.00
Inner City Basketball at Taylor 137747Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 138090PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 19, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$60.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Taylor 138417InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 20:30From January 4, 2016 to March 25, 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
$51.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 138679InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
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 138680InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
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 139169OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
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
$16.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Taylor 151149Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor 142956OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2016 to June 11, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$27.00
Basketball Tournament at Taylor 143080TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Boxing at Taylor 143193InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/03/28 17:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 8pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 8pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 8pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 8pm
Each Friday from Noon to 8pm
$37.00
Boxing at Taylor 143192InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 20:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Boxing at Taylor 143191InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Cardio Conditioning at Taylor 143206InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/28 23:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Cardio Line Dance at Taylor 143215InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$17.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 143413PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$35.00
Drop-in Camp at Taylor 153427CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/13 13:00April 13, 2016
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$9.00
Drop-in Camp at Taylor 143502CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/08 13:00April 8, 2016
Friday from 8am to 6pm
$9.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 144291PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 4 but less than 18Coed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$60.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Taylor 144634InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 19:30From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 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
$51.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 145042InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/07 20:00From April 7, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Taylor 145041InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Sports Conditioning at Taylor 153462InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 14Male2016/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2016 to May 11, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Spring Break Camp at Taylor 145431CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/18 13:00From April 18, 2016 to April 22, 2016
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
$37.00
Teen Club at Taylor 145651OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 20:30From March 28, 2016 to June 14, 2016
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
$17.00

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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.