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.

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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.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Day Camp at Warren 156481CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$312.00
Gymnastics Camp at Warren 156810CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$22.00
Play Camp at Warren 157500CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$157.00
Special Olympics Golf Camp at Warren 158202CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2016/07/13 22:00From July 13, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Sports Camp at Warren 158251CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$303.00

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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.