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.

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 Tennis Court

Union Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Union Spray Pool

Union Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1501 W. Randolph St.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 120633OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Day Camp at Union 118447CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Early Bird Camp at Union 118554CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$82.00
Extended Camp at Union 118635CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$82.00
Family Swim at Union 118951OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
Fitness Boot Camp at Union 132137InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:15From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$40.00
Harvest Garden at Union 119090InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/24 14:00From June 24, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:45am
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Union 119167Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/06/22 19:00From June 22, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at Union 132449OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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 132144CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 14:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$80.00
Learn to Swim at Union 119669InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Union 119668InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Open Swim at Union 120636OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/13 18:30From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Open Swim Female at Union 120617OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2015/06/12 20:45From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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 120625OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
Outdoor Tennis at Union 120741InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:30From June 16, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$105.00
Outdoor Tennis Camp at Union 120740CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/07/21 21:00From July 21, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$150.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Union 120796OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/13 17:15From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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 120879CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 15:00From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$150.00
POST Adult Swim at Union 130970OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/25 23:00From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Union 130971OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 23:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
POST Lap Swim at Union 132450OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 22:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$40.00
POST Open Swim at Union 130972OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2015/08/24 20:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Union 130973OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/25 17:15From August 25, 2015 to September 6, 2015
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
POST Youth Swim at Union 130974OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 16:00From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Youth Swim at Union 131974OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1:45pm
$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.