Taylor Park

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

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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

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.

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  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, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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 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
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
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
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Taylor 146213Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Taylor 155941OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Taylor 156130InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 18:00From June 21, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Taylor 156188OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/06/25 20:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$27.00
Boxing at Taylor 156273InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/06/20 17:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$37.00
Boxing at Taylor 156272InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$0
Boxing at Taylor 156271InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$0
Clubhouse Camp at Taylor 156311CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$184.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at Taylor 156348PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/06/25 19:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$15.00
Day Camp at Taylor 156471CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$190.00
Early Bird Camp at Taylor 156577CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$66.00
Extended Camp at Taylor 156664CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 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
$66.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Taylor 156912Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/05/31 19:00From May 31, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Taylor 156943InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 14Male2016/07/19 22:00From July 19, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
Late Summer Camp at Taylor 157030CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/08/15 13:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 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
$133.00
Learn to Swim at Taylor 157232InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 17:15From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Taylor 157231InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 17:15From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Taylor 157292PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAnyCoed2016/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$60.00
Open Swim at Taylor 157360OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 21:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Open Swim at Taylor 157360OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 21:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Sports Camp at Taylor 158248CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/08/15 13:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 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
$133.00
Sports Camp at Taylor 158249CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$184.00
TEAM Sports at Taylor 158340InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:45From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Teen Camp at Taylor 158362CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$184.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Taylor 158405Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Taylor 158406Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Swim at Taylor 158427OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Taylor 158680Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/17 22:00From June 17, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Youth Swim at Taylor 158763OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
$0

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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.