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.

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.

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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.

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Union 125188InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 16:45From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$51.00
Arts & Crafts at Union 148503InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$42.00
Badminton at Union 125207InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$102.00
Basketball - Open at Union 125288OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Union 148271InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$26.00
Bitty Basketball at Union 125555InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/17 18:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$26.00
Boot Camp at Union 125572InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/18 00:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$41.00
Boys Mentoring Program at Union 125628InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2015 to November 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at Union 125709InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Chess at Union 148272OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Conditioning at Union 125760InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/17 23:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Cross Training at Union 125795InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$26.00
Dream Girls Mentoring Program at Union 148273InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Female2015/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Flag Football at Union 126062InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2015 to November 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Union 126178InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 17:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$26.00
Game Room at Union 126203OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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
Harvest Garden at Union 126325InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to October 16, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Indoor Tennis at Union 126557InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 15:45From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$51.00
Inner City Flag Football at Union 126584InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Kiddie College at Union 126710InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2015 to November 26, 2015
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 126998InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 17:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$26.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Union 127377InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 2015
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
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
Recreational Tumbling at Union 127600InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 17:45From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$26.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 127814InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 127815InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 127816InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Union 127980InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
T-Ball at Union 128108InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 17:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Union 148270InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 17:45From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$51.00
Weightlifting at Union 128843InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$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.