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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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 165046InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$52.00
Badminton at Union 165075InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$104.00
Basketball - Open at Union 165236OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 18, 2016
$0
Basketball at Union 165316InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$27.00
Bitty Basketball at Union 165436InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Boys Mentoring Program at Union 165496InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/09/24 19:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Chess at Union 165585OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Conditioning at Union 165642InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Dream Girls Mentoring Program at Union 165808InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Female2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Flag Football at Union 165953InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/28 21:00From September 28, 2016 to November 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Union 184369InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 17:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Fun and Games at Union 166066InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:45From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$27.00
Fun With Food at Union 184370InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 12Female2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Game Room at Union 166087OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
Harvest Garden at Union 166250InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2016 to October 14, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Indoor Tennis at Union 166523InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$52.00
Inner City Flag Football at Union 166546InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Kiddie College at Union 166686InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$156.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Union 166971InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 17:45From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$27.00
NERF Football at Union 184375InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Union 184372InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$52.00
Park Kids - Fall at Union 167323InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 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
$218.00
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
Recreational Tumbling at Union 167675InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 17:45From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$27.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 167880InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 167881InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Union 185633InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Union 185634InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/10/25 16:30From October 25, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Union 185636InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/10/27 16:30From October 27, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Union 185635InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Soccer at Union 168067InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$27.00
Table Tennis at Union 184379InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
T-Ball at Union 168197InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Union 184373InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$52.00
Weightlifting at Union 169015InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Union 185561InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Union 185628InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$20.00

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Located in the Near West Community Area, Union Park totals [13.46] acres and features a fieldhouse and separate building 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.