West Lawn Park

  • 4233 W. 65th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60629 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Paul Pope
  • Park Phone: (773) 284-2803

Located in the West Lawn neighborhood, West Lawn Park totals 16.73 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, an auto shop, and multi-purpose clubrooms. Outside, the park offers multi-purpose fields, a playground, sandbox, racquetball courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, preschool activities, gymnastics, cheerleading, arts & crafts, aerobics, walking club, and senior club. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, West Lawn Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, including holiday-themed events.

History

West Lawn Park takes its name from the surrounding community on Chicago's west side. West Lawn dates to 1877, when real estate developers James Webb and John F. Eberhart established the village and its neighbor to the east, Chicago Lawn. Though West Lawn was annexed to Chicago in 1889, the marshy area drew few residents until well into the 20th century. Public improvements were made west of Pulaski Road in the 1930s, and construction of single-family brick residences in West Lawn increased as the Depression gave way to improved circumstances in the World War II years. At the close of the war, the Chicago Park District initiated a Ten Year Plan to increase recreational opportunities in under-served and rapidly-growing areas of the city. West Lawn was among the neighborhoods identified for park development. There was strong community support for creating a park at 65th Street and Keeler Avenue, but property acquisition was delayed until 1948 because the owners wanted to build homes there. Park improvements were also slow to materialize, due to the flurry of construction at other parks throughout the city. General plans were drawn in 1953, and playground equipment was installed the following year. In 1957, the park district constructed a small recreation building, as well as basketball, volley ball, and tether ball courts. Community demands for a wider variety of recreational facilities prompted construction of a substantial new fieldhouse in 1972. More recent improvements include installation of a refrigerated ice skating rink and the replanting of the park's landscape, plus a batting cage.

Parking/Directions

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

West Lawn Auto Shop

West Lawn Auto Shop

Location Notes: 4233 W. 65th St.

West Lawn Baseball

West Lawn Baseball

Location Notes: 4233 W. 65th St.

West Lawn Fieldhouse

West Lawn Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4233 W. 65th St.

Hours: ,

West Lawn Fitness Center

West Lawn Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

Notes: M-F, 9-9:15pm; Sa & Su, 9-4:45pm.Sign up for a membership

West Lawn Football/Soccer Field

West Lawn Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 4233 W. 65th St.

West Lawn Gymnasium

West Lawn Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4233 W. 65th St.

West Lawn Club Room

West Lawn Club Room

Location Notes: 4233 W. 65th St.

West Lawn Playground

West Lawn Playground

Location Notes: 4233 W. 65th St.

West Lawn Racquetball

West Lawn Racquetball

Location Notes: 4233 W. 65th St.

West Lawn Water Feature Interactive

West Lawn Water Feature Interactive

Location Notes: 4233 W. 65th St.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Basketball League at West Lawn 122467Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/11/14 00:45From November 13, 2015 to April 1, 2016
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 9:30pm
$316.00
Soccer League at West Lawn 124359Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/11/04 00:30From November 3, 2015 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at West Lawn 133735InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$16.00
Arts & Crafts at West Lawn 133809InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Basketball - Open at West Lawn 133897OpenSports - Basketball30 and upMale2016/01/05 19:15From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
$18.00
Basketball at West Lawn 133998InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$11.00
Basketball at West Lawn 134000InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Basketball at West Lawn 133999InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at West Lawn 134181InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 10Female2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at West Lawn 134316InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at West Lawn 134395InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$13.00
Floor Hockey at West Lawn 134441InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Floor Hockey at West Lawn 135440InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at West Lawn 134500InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/08 16:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$10.00
Gymnastics at West Lawn 134577InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Gymnastics at West Lawn 134578InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 10 but less than 17Coed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Kiddie College at West Lawn 134804InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 19:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$115.00
Little Artists at West Lawn 134948InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 19:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at West Lawn 135001InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$13.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at West Lawn 135041InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/07 15:45From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$13.00
Music and Movement at West Lawn 135004InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 15:45From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$10.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at West Lawn 135948InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$10.00
Play School at West Lawn 135272InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/01/05 16:45From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 12:15pm
$64.00
Pre-Teen Club at West Lawn 135293OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 21:15From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at West Lawn 135441InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at West Lawn 135917InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at West Lawn 135540InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/02/13 17:45From February 13, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$26.00
Soccer at West Lawn 135611InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:45am
$10.00
Soccer at West Lawn 135610InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Soccer League at West Lawn 135617Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/01/06 00:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Soccer League at West Lawn 135609Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/01/07 00:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$16.00
Soccer League at West Lawn 135618Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Storytime at West Lawn 135680InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 17:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$10.00
Team Gymnastics at West Lawn 135742InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$15.00
Team Gymnastics at West Lawn 135919InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$15.00
Teen Club at West Lawn 135796OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/01/04 21:15From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at West Lawn 135439InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at West Lawn 135918InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Volleyball at West Lawn 136060InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Weight Training at West Lawn 136079InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Yoga at West Lawn 136142InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball at West Lawn 139876InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Art & ABCs at West Lawn 140015InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 18:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$17.00
Arts & Crafts at West Lawn 140090InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at West Lawn 140175Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$7.00
Basketball - Open at West Lawn 140219OpenSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2016/03/29 18:15From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
$19.00
Basketball - Open at West Lawn 140221OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Basketball at West Lawn 140312InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$12.00
Basketball at West Lawn 140313InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Bitty Basketball at West Lawn 140347InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Cheerleading - Competitive at West Lawn 140400InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 30, 2016
$12.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at West Lawn 140409InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at West Lawn 140410InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Dodgeball at West Lawn 140538InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to April 28, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at West Lawn 140609InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/02 15:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$18.00
Fun and Games at West Lawn 140687InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 15:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$11.00
Fun with Food at West Lawn 140686InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 15:45From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$14.00
Gymnastics at West Lawn 140762InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Gymnastics at West Lawn 140763InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Kiddie College at West Lawn 140936InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 18:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$117.00
Little Artists at West Lawn 141076InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 18:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$16.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at West Lawn 141130InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/04/02 14:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$14.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at West Lawn 141172InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/03/31 14:45From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$14.00
Music and Movement at West Lawn 141135InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 14:45From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$11.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at West Lawn 142179InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 2y 11m Coed2016/03/30 14:45From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$11.00
Play School at West Lawn 141424InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/03/29 15:45From March 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 10:45am to 12:15pm
$65.00
Pre-Teen Club at West Lawn 141517OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 20:15From March 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at West Lawn 141678InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at West Lawn 141748InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/02 16:45From April 2, 2016 to April 30, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at West Lawn 141749InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/05/07 16:45From May 7, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$27.00
Soccer at West Lawn 141851InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Soccer at West Lawn 141248InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Soccer at West Lawn 141849InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Soccer at West Lawn 141850InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Soccer League at West Lawn 141247Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Storytime at West Lawn 141924InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 16:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$11.00
T-Ball at West Lawn 141972InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/05/02 22:00From May 2, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Teen Club at West Lawn 142057OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/03/28 20:15From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at West Lawn 142178InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Track & Field at West Lawn 142237InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Volleyball - Open at West Lawn 142326OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/03/29 00:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Weight Training at West Lawn 142365InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:45From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 9:45am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:30am
$0
Yoga at West Lawn 142422InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$22.00
Yoga at West Lawn 142423InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00

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Located in the West Lawn neighborhood, West Lawn Park totals 16.73 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, an auto shop, and multi-purpose clubrooms. Outside, the park offers multi-purpose fields, a playground, sandbox, racquetball courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, preschool activities, gymnastics, cheerleading, arts & crafts, aerobics, walking club, and senior club. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, West Lawn Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, including holiday-themed events.

West Lawn Park takes its name from the surrounding community on Chicago's west side. West Lawn dates to 1877, when real estate developers James Webb and John F. Eberhart established the village and its neighbor to the east, Chicago Lawn. Though West Lawn was annexed to Chicago in 1889, the marshy area drew few residents until well into the 20th century. Public improvements were made west of Pulaski Road in the 1930s, and construction of single-family brick residences in West Lawn increased as the Depression gave way to improved circumstances in the World War II years. At the close of the war, the Chicago Park District initiated a Ten Year Plan to increase recreational opportunities in under-served and rapidly-growing areas of the city. West Lawn was among the neighborhoods identified for park development. There was strong community support for creating a park at 65th Street and Keeler Avenue, but property acquisition was delayed until 1948 because the owners wanted to build homes there. Park improvements were also slow to materialize, due to the flurry of construction at other parks throughout the city. General plans were drawn in 1953, and playground equipment was installed the following year. In 1957, the park district constructed a small recreation building, as well as basketball, volley ball, and tether ball courts. Community demands for a wider variety of recreational facilities prompted construction of a substantial new fieldhouse in 1972. More recent improvements include installation of a refrigerated ice skating rink and the replanting of the park's landscape, plus a batting cage.

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