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, including Night Out in the Parks concerts, 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 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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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
Arts & Crafts at Union 205091InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$55.00
Badminton at Union 205113InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$109.00
Basketball - Open at Union 205296OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Union Cancelled205373InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$28.00
Bitty Basketball at Union 205519InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Chess at Union 205675OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Conditioning at Union 205724InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Dream Girls Mentoring Program at Union 205904InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Female2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Fun and Games at Union 206190InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 17:45From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Game Room at Union 206218OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to December 1, 2017
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
Indoor Tennis at Union 206362InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$55.00
Kiddie College at Union 206484InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$164.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Union 206779InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 17:45From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Park Kids - Fall at Union 207121InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 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
$229.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Union 207179Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$687.00
Recreational Tumbling at Union 207330InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 17:45From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 207538InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 207539InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Union 206943InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$29.00
T-Ball at Union 207878InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Union 213379InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
Park Kids - Spring at Union 219306InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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

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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, including Night Out in the Parks concerts, 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.