Warren Park

  • 6601 N. Western Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60645 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: DianaLynn Schliz
  • Park Phone: (773) 262-6314

With nearly 90 acres of parkland, Warren Park is the North Region’s largest park featuring a number of special attractions for every season of the year. For youth and teens, the park has baseball, basketball and soccer programs. For the little ones the park offers preschool programs and tumbling classes.  

Fitness enthusiasts can hop onto a paved path that winds throughout the park for walking, jogging or biking. Golf-lovers head to the Robert A. Black nine-hole golf course and golf putting practice area located on the northeast end of the park.

In the winter months, Warren Park boasts the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink for skating. This winter, the ice rink will operate (weather permitting) from Thanksgiving weekend (Friday) until February. Call (773) 761-8663 for skate fees, times, and rental information. If it gets a little chilly...no worries we have a toasty warming house. Restrooms are also available at the rink.

 

History

Warren Park was created in the 1970s, born of both conflict and cooperation. The controversy began in 1965 when real estate developers offered to purchase the 94-acre private Edgewater Golf Club for $7.6 million from its members. Soon after the community learned that the buyers wanted to build high-rise apartments and a large shopping center on the site, a coalition of local groups known as the Allied North Side Community Organizations launched a major campaign to save the land as open space. Despite the strong community objection, however, the City re-zoned the site in 1968 to allow development to move forward. When the city failed to support the park scheme, the commuity groups solicited the support of the State Government. In 1969, Governor Ogilvie signed a bill to make the private golf course into a state park. The governor announced that this would be "the first major state park in Illinois created in an urban area. By bringing a park to the people, instead of requiring them to go to a distant park, we shall mark an historic turning point in the battle to preserve open lands." The State of Illinois acquired approximately one-third of the property for $8 million the following year. In 1971, the state officially named the park in honor of Laurence C. Warren (1923-1970), a key figure in the fight to save the golf course as open space. The son of German Jewish immigrants, Warren was a succesful attorney and community leader. He was a past president of the North Town Community Council, and chairman of the Allied North Side Community Orgnizations. Governor Ogilvie said "while the new name of this great urban park memorializes a single community leader, it symbolizes the remarkable partnership that saved most of the former club for the public." Despite the progress in creating a state park, plans to develop the remaining golf course acreage continued, and community opposition stayed strong. To save the rest of the golf course land as open space, the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners agreed to condemn the remaining 32-acre site in 1972. The state transferred its property to the park district in 1975. In the late 1970s, the Chicago Park District began a major construction project for the park which included a field house, playground, ball fields, and a nine-hole golf course. In 1980, Warren Park's golf course was officially dedicated in honor of Robert A. Black (1896-1978), Chief Engineer to the Chicago Park District for more than thirty years.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Circle of Nature

Circle of Nature (1)

Location Notes: Field house exterior

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Warren Baseball

Warren Baseball

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Warren Basketball

Warren Basketball

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Warren Batting Cages

Warren Batting Cages

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Notes: Closed for repairs.

Closed until further notice.

Notice Valid From: 4/18/2016 - 4/30/2019

Warren Park Community Garden

Warren Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Warren Park - Frutas Marias

Warren Park - Frutas Marias

Location: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773)615-8272

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Warren Fieldhouse

Warren Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Hours: , , ,

Warren Fitness Course

Warren Fitness Course

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Notes: Located on the Pratt side of park

Warren Football/Soccer

Warren Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Warren Gymnasium

Warren Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Warren Ice Rink

Warren Ice Rink

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Phone: (773)761-8663

Descriptors: Outdoor

Warren Clubroom

Warren Clubroom

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Warren Playground- NW

Warren Playground- NWAccessible

Location: 2350 W. Pratt Blvd.

Location Notes: Corner of Pratt Ave. and Western Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014 - Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Warren Playground-NE

Warren Playground-NEAccessible

Location: 2050 W. Pratt Blvd.

Location Notes: W. Columbia Ave adjacent to golf course

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Warren Playground-SW

Warren Playground-SWAccessible

Location: 6650 N. Claremont Ave.

Location Notes: SW side of park off of Western Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Warren Racquetball Courts

Warren Racquetball Courts

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Hours: , , , ,

Warren Tennis Court

Warren Tennis Court

Location Notes: 6601 N. Western Ave.

Events

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
Badminton League at Warren 165076Team_LeagueSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2016/09/25 14:30From September 25, 2016 to December 18, 2016
Each Sunday from 9:30am to 2pm
$72.00
Basketball - Open at Warren 165238OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Male2016/10/10 15:00October 10, 2016
Monday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Warren 165237OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Male2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$7.00
Basketball - Open at Warren Cancelled185509OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Female2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$7.00
Basketball - Open at Warren 185092OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Warren 165239OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Male2016/11/11 16:00November 11, 2016
Friday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Warren 165240OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Male2016/11/25 16:00November 25, 2016
Friday from 10am to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Warren 184503Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/24 17:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016
$25.00
Bitty Basketball at Warren 165359InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Warren 184500InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/09/21 21:45From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Warren 184501InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/21 22:45From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Children's Theater at Warren 184507InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 19:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
$15.00
Creative Drama at Warren 184506InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Floor Hockey League at Warren 184504Team_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 13 but less than 16Male2016/10/07 22:00From October 7, 2016 to November 4, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Kiddie College - Fall at Warren 166639InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$95.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Warren 166657Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to May 18, 2017$285.00
Mighty Munchkins at Warren 184502InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
$15.00
Racquetball - Open at Warren 167625OpenSports - Racquetball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Racquetball - Open at Warren 167627OpenSports - Racquetball18 and upCoed2016/09/23 16:30From September 23, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1:30pm
$12.00
Recreational Tumbling at Warren 167677InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 9Female2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Warren 167676InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 13Female2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Warren 185090InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Warren 185091InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/22 22:15From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Sport Art & Dart at Warren 184499InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 18:15From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$15.00
Team Gymnastics at Warren 168238InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Warren 184498InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:15From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Warren 168069InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 19:15From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Warren 168730InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Trash to Treasure at Warren Cancelled166934InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/09/21 21:15From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Volleyball League at Warren 168984Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 12 but less than 15Female2016/09/26 21:00From September 26, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 8pm
$27.00

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Description

With nearly 90 acres of parkland, Warren Park is the North Region’s largest park featuring a number of special attractions for every season of the year. For youth and teens, the park has baseball, basketball and soccer programs. For the little ones the park offers preschool programs and tumbling classes.  

Fitness enthusiasts can hop onto a paved path that winds throughout the park for walking, jogging or biking. Golf-lovers head to the Robert A. Black nine-hole golf course and golf putting practice area located on the northeast end of the park.

In the winter months, Warren Park boasts the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink for skating. This winter, the ice rink will operate (weather permitting) from Thanksgiving weekend (Friday) until February. Call (773) 761-8663 for skate fees, times, and rental information. If it gets a little chilly...no worries we have a toasty warming house. Restrooms are also available at the rink.

 

Warren Park was created in the 1970s, born of both conflict and cooperation. The controversy began in 1965 when real estate developers offered to purchase the 94-acre private Edgewater Golf Club for $7.6 million from its members. Soon after the community learned that the buyers wanted to build high-rise apartments and a large shopping center on the site, a coalition of local groups known as the Allied North Side Community Organizations launched a major campaign to save the land as open space. Despite the strong community objection, however, the City re-zoned the site in 1968 to allow development to move forward. When the city failed to support the park scheme, the commuity groups solicited the support of the State Government. In 1969, Governor Ogilvie signed a bill to make the private golf course into a state park. The governor announced that this would be "the first major state park in Illinois created in an urban area. By bringing a park to the people, instead of requiring them to go to a distant park, we shall mark an historic turning point in the battle to preserve open lands." The State of Illinois acquired approximately one-third of the property for $8 million the following year. In 1971, the state officially named the park in honor of Laurence C. Warren (1923-1970), a key figure in the fight to save the golf course as open space. The son of German Jewish immigrants, Warren was a succesful attorney and community leader. He was a past president of the North Town Community Council, and chairman of the Allied North Side Community Orgnizations. Governor Ogilvie said "while the new name of this great urban park memorializes a single community leader, it symbolizes the remarkable partnership that saved most of the former club for the public." Despite the progress in creating a state park, plans to develop the remaining golf course acreage continued, and community opposition stayed strong. To save the rest of the golf course land as open space, the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners agreed to condemn the remaining 32-acre site in 1972. The state transferred its property to the park district in 1975. In the late 1970s, the Chicago Park District began a major construction project for the park which included a field house, playground, ball fields, and a nine-hole golf course. In 1980, Warren Park's golf course was officially dedicated in honor of Robert A. Black (1896-1978), Chief Engineer to the Chicago Park District for more than thirty years.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.