Union Park

  • 1501 W. Randolph St.   Chicago, Illinois 60606 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Marques Johnson
  • 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 that houses the gymnasium, fitness center and locker rooms. The field house holds a theater room with a stage and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers tennis courts, baseball fields, a swimming pool, a playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and basketball courts.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility, and the park also offers a community partnership with “Girls in the Game," a mentoring program for girls ages 9-14 years. Afterschool 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, including Night Out in the Parks concerts and movie screenings, 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.

Events

SEP
30

Black Eutopia at Union

Location: Union Park, Chicago, IL  60606

OCT
7

Pumpkin Patch at Union

Location: Union Park, Chicago, IL  60606

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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
Adult Swim at Union 195136OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/13 23:00From June 13, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Union 195333InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/30 19:30From June 30, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Day Camp at Union 195696CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$265.00
Early Bird Camp at Union 195799CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$88.00
Extended Camp at Union 195883CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$88.00
Family Swim at Union 195939OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 196077InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/28 14:00From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:45am
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Union 196257Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 19:00From June 19, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at Union 196339OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2017 to September 4, 2017
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 196370CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 14:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$86.00
Learn to Swim at Union 196598InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Union 196597InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Open Swim at Union 196713OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/17 18:30From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Open Swim Female at Union 196717OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2017/06/12 20:45From June 12, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 196720OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2017/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 196768OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/13 17:15From June 13, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 196850CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 15:00From June 27, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$161.00

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

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility, and the park also offers a community partnership with “Girls in the Game," a mentoring program for girls ages 9-14 years. Afterschool 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, including Night Out in the Parks concerts and movie screenings, 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.