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: Playground Art

Connolly (James) Monument

Connolly (James) Monument (1)

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

Descriptors: Playground Art

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

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.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Union 127456Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 2016
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
$642.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Union 136471InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 17:45From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$51.00
Arts & Crafts at Union 151096InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$26.00
Badminton at Union 136487InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$102.00
Basketball at Union 136758InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Union 136759InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/09 16:15From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$31.00
Basketball League at Union 136811Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Union 150516InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Bitty Basketball at Union 136883InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$26.00
Boys Mentoring Program at Union 136968InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Cheerleading - Competitive at Union 137050InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Chess at Union 151409OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Conditioning at Union 137107InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Cross Training at Union 137128InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$26.00
Dream Girls Mentoring Program at Union 150517InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Female2016/01/08 23:45From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$0
Drop-in Camp at Union 137262CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/02/15 18:00February 15, 2016
Monday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Fun and Games at Union 137431InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 18:45From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$26.00
Game Room at Union 137457OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
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 137475InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Golf at Union 151095InstructionSports - GolfAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/02/11 00:15From February 10, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$15.00
Indoor Soccer at Union 137710InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:30am to Noon
$26.00
Indoor Soccer at Union 137709InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Inner City Basketball at Union 137751Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/02/16 22:00From February 16, 2016 to April 19, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Kiddie College at Union 137838InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$153.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Union 138105InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 18:45From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$26.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Union 138420InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 2016
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
$214.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 138759InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 138760InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
T-Ball at Union 139052InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Union 139331InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 18:45From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$51.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Union 139443InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 16:45From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$51.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Union 139476InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 18:45From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$26.00
Weight Training at Union 139703InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Union 142747InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 17:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$51.00
Badminton at Union 142764InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$104.00
Baseball at Union 154241InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Basketball at Union 143038InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Union 143039InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 14:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$32.00
Basketball League at Union 154314Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/03/01 22:00From March 1, 2016 to April 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$32.00
Bitty Basketball at Union 143123InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Boys Mentoring Program at Union 143197InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at Union 143280InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Chess at Union 154242OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Conditioning at Union 143337InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Dream Girls Mentoring Program at Union 154243InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Female2016/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Union 154313InstructionSports - HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$51.00
Fun and Games at Union 143644InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 17:45From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$27.00
Fun With Food at Union 154315InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/04/08 21:00From April 8, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Game Room at Union 143667OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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 143679InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 23:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$15.00
Harvest Garden at Union 143770InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/05/06 21:00From May 6, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Indoor Soccer at Union 143895InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 17:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Indoor Tennis at Union 143898InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 16:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$51.00
Kickball League at Union 144047Individual_LeagueSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Union 144027InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 15:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$156.00
Lacrosse at Union 154244InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 15:15From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$27.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Union 144305InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 17:45From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$27.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Union 154246InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$51.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Union 144637InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 2016
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
$214.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 145116InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 145115InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
T-Ball at Union 145532InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Union 145816InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 18:00From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$51.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Union 145955InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 17:45From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$27.00
Weightlifting at Union 146203InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0

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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.