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.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Union 171939InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$53.00
Badminton at Union 171964InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3:30pm
$106.00
Basketball - Open at Union 172793OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/16 18:00January 16, 2017
Monday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Basketball at Union 172232InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Union 172233InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/14 16:15From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$33.00
Basketball League at Union 172286Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball Tournament at Union 189677TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/02/13 18:00February 13, 2017
Monday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Union 172370InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 18:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Boys Mentoring Program at Union 172465InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Chess at Union 172556OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Conditioning at Union 172603InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Dream Girls Mentoring Program at Union 172772InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Female2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Drop-in Camp at Union 172794CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/02/20 18:00February 20, 2017
Monday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Union 189672InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$27.00
Fun and Games at Union 172968InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Fun With Food at Union 187750InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 14Female2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Game Room at Union 172994OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 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
Golf at Union 173008InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to February 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Indoor Soccer at Union 173333InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:30am to Noon
$28.00
Indoor Soccer at Union 173332InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Inner City Basketball at Union 173376Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/02/21 22:00From February 21, 2017 to April 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Kiddie College at Union 173458InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$159.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Union 173713InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 18:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Union 189675InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:45am
$25.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Union 189676InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 15:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:45am
$25.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Union 189673InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
$52.00
Park Kids - Winter at Union 174041InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 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
$218.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 174381InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Union 174382InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Union 189674InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$27.00
T-Ball at Union 174677InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Union 171940InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$53.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Union 175090InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$53.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Union 175120InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 18:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Weight Training at Union 175401InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0

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Description

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.