West Chatham Park

  • 8223 S. Princeton Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60620 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jeton Elliott
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6998

Located in the Chatham community, West Chatham Park totals 15.02 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers an interactive spray pool, baseball/softball diamonds, playground, and basketball/tennis courts. Many of the spaces, including the clubroom and fields, are available for rental.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, cheerleading, line dancing and Bid Whist. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, West Chatham Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family.

History

West Chatham Park lies in the western portion of Chicago's south side Chatham community. This swampy area remained sparsely populated until the 1920s, when residential construction and manufacturing boomed. Growth in the middle-class community slowed during the Great Depression, but rebounded in the 1940s. At the close of World War II, the Chicago Park District initiated a Ten Year Plan to create new parks in under-served and rapidly-growing areas of the city. The western section of Chatham was among the neighborhoods identified for park development. In spring 1948, a group of community residents and the local alderman, William Murphy, appeared before the park board, recommending the site's acquisition. The park district moved swiftly, condemning the property and taking possession by the fall of that year. Because the park district was simultaneously building 43 new parks, initial improvements moved slowly here, but within a few years West Chatham Park had an athletic field and playground equipment. By 1954, there was also a brick comfort station. Between 1967 and 1975, the park district and the Board of Education jointly offered recreational programming at West Chatham Park and adjacent Simeon Vocational High School. In 1989, the park district upgraded the park, installing a new soft surface playground, and constructing an attractive club room addition to the comfort station.

Parking/Directions

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

West Chatham Diamond

West Chatham Diamond

Location Notes: 8223 S. Princeton Ave.

West Chatham Basketball

West Chatham Basketball

Location Notes: 8223 S. Princeton Ave.

West Chatham Fieldhouse

West Chatham Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 8223 S. Princeton Ave.

Hours: ,

West Chatham Football/Soccer Field

West Chatham Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 8223 S. Princeton Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

West Chatham Clubroom

West Chatham Clubroom

Location Notes: 8223 S. Princeton Ave.

West Chatham Playground

West Chatham PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

West Chatham Tennis Court

West Chatham Tennis Court

Location Notes: 8223 S. Princeton Ave.

West Chatham Water Playground

West Chatham Water Playground

Location Notes: 8223 S. Princeton 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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 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
Line Dance at West Chatham 166913InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2016/09/23 16:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at West Chatham 167327InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 19:00From September 6, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$37.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at West Chatham 167406Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 19:00From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$111.00
Quilting at West Chatham 183898InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1:30pm
$0

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Description

Located in the Chatham community, West Chatham Park totals 15.02 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers an interactive spray pool, baseball/softball diamonds, playground, and basketball/tennis courts. Many of the spaces, including the clubroom and fields, are available for rental.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, cheerleading, line dancing and Bid Whist. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, West Chatham Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family.

West Chatham Park lies in the western portion of Chicago's south side Chatham community. This swampy area remained sparsely populated until the 1920s, when residential construction and manufacturing boomed. Growth in the middle-class community slowed during the Great Depression, but rebounded in the 1940s. At the close of World War II, the Chicago Park District initiated a Ten Year Plan to create new parks in under-served and rapidly-growing areas of the city. The western section of Chatham was among the neighborhoods identified for park development. In spring 1948, a group of community residents and the local alderman, William Murphy, appeared before the park board, recommending the site's acquisition. The park district moved swiftly, condemning the property and taking possession by the fall of that year. Because the park district was simultaneously building 43 new parks, initial improvements moved slowly here, but within a few years West Chatham Park had an athletic field and playground equipment. By 1954, there was also a brick comfort station. Between 1967 and 1975, the park district and the Board of Education jointly offered recreational programming at West Chatham Park and adjacent Simeon Vocational High School. In 1989, the park district upgraded the park, installing a new soft surface playground, and constructing an attractive club room addition to the comfort station.

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