Union Park

  • 1501 W. Randolph St.   Chicago, Illinois 60606 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tony Fitzgerald
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5494

Located in the Near West Community Area, Union Park totals [13.46] acres and features a fieldhouse and separate building which houses the gymnasium and fitness center and locker rooms. In the fieldhouse there is also a theater room with stage and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers tennis courts, baseball fields, swimming pool, playground and athletic field for football or soccer and basketball courts.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal at the facility. Union Park also offers a community partnership with “Girls in the Game, a program of mentoring for girls ages 9-14 years. 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, Union Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as the Pitchfork Music Festival and other festival events.

History

The city created Union Park in 1853, after residents convinced developers to sell 13 acres of their subdivision at a reduced price. Named in honor of the Federal Union, it was one of the city's most fashionable places. In 1885, the city transferred Union Park to the West Park Commission, which made the park its headquarters. Three years later, Jens Jensen, then working as gardener, planted an experimental wildflower garden called the American Garden, marking the beginnings of his venerable naturalistic style. In the 1910s, African-Americans began moving into the neighborhood. While many other parks were inaccessible to black residents, Union Park became racially integrated. Between the 1920s and the 1950s, the park became well-known for cultural and social events, and a number of notable musicians performed there. Among them were the noted pioneer of gospel music Thomas A. Dorsey; trumpeter Sunny Cohn; and jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Union Diamond

Union Diamond

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Basketball

Union Basketball

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Fieldhouse

Union Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Hours: , ,

Union Fitness Center

Union Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Notes: M-F 11:30am-7:30pm, Sat 12pm-4pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Union Football/Soccer Field

Union Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Gymnasium

Union Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Horseshoes

Union Horseshoes

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Auditorium

Union Auditorium

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Clubroom

Union Clubroom

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Picnic Grove

Union Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Playground

Union Playground

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Park Pool

Union Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)746-5466

Union Tennis Court

Union Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Spray Pool

Union Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration is on-going while spots are available.

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
Art & ABCs at Union 111426InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$25.00
Badminton at Union 92103InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$100.00
Basketball - 5 on 5 at Union 92178OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Union 111428InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2014/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$30.00
Bitty Basketball at Union 92430InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2014/09/18 18:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Boot Camp at Union 92450InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$40.00
Boys Mentoring Program at Union 92507InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 18Male2014/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at Union 112204InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Conditioning at Union 92625InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/18 00:00From September 17, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Cross Training at Union 92661InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Union 92863InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 17:15From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$20.00
Flag Football at Union 92906InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/24 21:00From September 24, 2014 to November 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Flag Football at Union 92908InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Female2014/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2014 to November 14, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Fun and Games at Union 111424InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 17:45From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$25.00
Game Room at Union 93012OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
Indoor Tennis at Union 93379InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Inner City Flag Football at Union 111429InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Kiddie College at Union 93510InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$150.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Union 111425InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 17:45From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Union 93877InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2014/09/26 17:00From September 26, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Union 94089InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$210.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Union 94145Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$630.00
Recreational Tumbling at Union 94296InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 17:45From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$25.00
Seasonal Sports at Union 94436InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Female2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Union 94435InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 94676InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 94677InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 94452InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Union 94544InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/10/28 18:15From October 28, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$25.00
Soccer at Union 111427InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
T-Ball at Union 94744InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Teen Club at Union 94870OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Female2014/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Tennis at Union 112205InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoed2014/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2014 to October 23, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$100.00
Tennis Lessons: Level 1 at Union 111431InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoed2014/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2014 to October 23, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$100.00
Weightlifting at Union 95460InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Male2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Yoga at Union 95572InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$20.00

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Description

Located in the Near West Community Area, Union Park totals [13.46] acres and features a fieldhouse and separate building which houses the gymnasium and fitness center and locker rooms. In the fieldhouse there is also a theater room with stage and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers tennis courts, baseball fields, swimming pool, playground and athletic field for football or soccer and basketball courts.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal at the facility. Union Park also offers a community partnership with “Girls in the Game, a program of mentoring for girls ages 9-14 years. 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, Union Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as the Pitchfork Music Festival and other festival events.

The city created Union Park in 1853, after residents convinced developers to sell 13 acres of their subdivision at a reduced price. Named in honor of the Federal Union, it was one of the city's most fashionable places. In 1885, the city transferred Union Park to the West Park Commission, which made the park its headquarters. Three years later, Jens Jensen, then working as gardener, planted an experimental wildflower garden called the American Garden, marking the beginnings of his venerable naturalistic style. In the 1910s, African-Americans began moving into the neighborhood. While many other parks were inaccessible to black residents, Union Park became racially integrated. Between the 1920s and the 1950s, the park became well-known for cultural and social events, and a number of notable musicians performed there. Among them were the noted pioneer of gospel music Thomas A. Dorsey; trumpeter Sunny Cohn; and jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.