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.

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Union Fitness Center

Union Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

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Notes: 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.

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Union 98700InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$40.00
Badminton at Union 98721InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$100.00
Basketball at Union 98875InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Union 98987InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/10 16:15From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$30.00
Basketball League at Union 99041Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Union 99117InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$25.00
Boot Camp at Union 99132InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$50.00
Boys Mentoring Program at Union 99182InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Cardio Conditioning at Union 114482InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$40.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Union 99266InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Conditioning at Union 99318InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Cross Training at Union 99346InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Drop-in at Union 114484InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/02/16 18:00February 16, 2015
Monday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Drop-in at Union 114483InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/19 18:00January 19, 2015
Monday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Fun and Games at Union 113419InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$25.00
Game Room - Open at Union 99710OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
Golf at Union 113422InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2015 to March 11, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Indoor Soccer at Union 99973InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:30am to Noon
$25.00
Indoor Soccer at Union 99972InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Kiddie College at Union 100105InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
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 100360InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 18:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$25.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Fitness Boot Camp at Union 113423InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Union 100961InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$210.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 101315InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 101316InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Union 114480InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$40.00
Table Tennis - Open at Union 114478OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games18 and upCoed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$25.00
T-Ball at Union 101586InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Teen Club at Union 101705OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance at Union 113421InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 18:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$40.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Union 113420InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 16:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$40.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Union 101992InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 18:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$25.00
Weight Training at Union 102209InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0

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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.