Union Park

  • 1501 W. Randolph St.   Chicago, Illinois 60606 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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  • 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.

Carter Harrison Memorial

Carter Harrison Memorial (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Ashland Avenue and south of W. Washington Boulevard

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Connolly (James) Monument

Connolly (James) Monument (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Ashland Avenue and north of W. Warren Boulevard

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

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 CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Union Football/Soccer Field

Union Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Descriptors: Grass

Union Gymnasium

Union Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Horseshoes

Union Horseshoes

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Clubroom

Union Clubroom

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Auditorium

Union Auditorium

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Picnic Grove

Union Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Playground

Union PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Union Tennis Court

Union Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Spray Pool

Union Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph 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 Monday, April 11, 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
Adult Swim at Union 155944OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Union 159787InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/08 19:30From July 8, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Day Camp at Union 156479CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 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
$252.00
Early Bird Camp at Union 156580CampsCamps - 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
$84.00
Extended Camp at Union 156667CampsCamps - 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
$84.00
Family Swim at Union 156733OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Harvest Garden at Union 156813InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/06 14:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:45am
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Union 156914Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/27 19:00From June 27, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at Union 156996OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Union 157033CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 4pm
Each Friday from 9am to 4pm
$82.00
Learn to Swim at Union 157245InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Union 157244InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/18 16:00From June 18, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Open Swim at Union 157362OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 18:30From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Open Swim Female at Union 157369OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2016/06/20 20:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Open Swim Male at Union 157376OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Union 157423OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/21 17:15From June 21, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Play Camp at Union 157499CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
$153.00

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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.