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.

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 Park Pool

Union Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)746-5466

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Union Tennis Court

Union Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Spray Pool

Union Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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 167402Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$654.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Inner City Basketball at Union 173376Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/02/21 22:00From February 21, 2017 to April 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Union 174041InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
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
$218.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Union 178403InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$54.00
Badminton at Union 178419InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$109.00
Baseball at Union 178504InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Basketball at Union 178694InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Union 178695InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 15:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$34.00
Bitty Basketball at Union 178797InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 17:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$29.00
Boys Mentoring Program at Union 178873InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Chess at Union 178958OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Conditioning at Union 179003InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Dream Girls Mentoring Program at Union 179162InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Female2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Union 179287InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 18:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$29.00
Fun and Games at Union 179339InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 17:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$29.00
Fun With Food at Union 179355InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/04/14 21:00From April 14, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Game Room at Union 179365OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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 179382InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Harvest Garden at Union 179513InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/05/12 21:00From May 12, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Indoor Soccer at Union 179694InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$29.00
Indoor Tennis at Union 179696InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$54.00
Inner City Basketball at Union 179721Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/03/07 22:00From March 7, 2017 to May 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Kickball League at Union 179758Individual_LeagueSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Union 179809InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$164.00
Lacrosse at Union 179820InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 14:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$29.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Union 180079InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 17:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$29.00
Park Kids - Spring at Union 180407InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
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
$218.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 180878InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 180877InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
T-Ball at Union 181285InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 17:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$29.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Union 181581InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$54.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Union 181741InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 17:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$29.00
Weightlifting at Union 182043InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$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.