Abbott Park

  • 49 E. 95th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60619 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: The park is open on Saturday for rentals only.
  • Park Supervisor: Shreece Childs
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6001

Located in the West Chesterfield community, Abbott Park totals 23.52 acres and features a multi-purpose room and game room. Outside, the park offers four baseball diamonds, basketball, track and tennis courts, swimming pool, and two sprinklers. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose room and game room.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, bitty basketball, tiny tots tumbling, music and movement, senior and teen clubs and aerobics. On the cultural side, Abbott Park offers dance, music and movement. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer youth can attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps, including Sports Camp, are also offered in the summer.

In addition to programs, Abbott Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Juneteenth Celebration, holiday events and an annual food drive.

History

The Chicago Park District acquired the site of Abbott Park as part of a ten-year plan to increase recreational opportunities in under-served neighborhoods in post-World War II Chicago. In 1947, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Park Sites recommended the creation of a park to serve the rapidly growing African-American community near 95th Street and Michigan Avenue. The park district purchased the property southeast of that intersection in 1949, and built a swimming pool and recreational facility the following year. In 1956, the park district sold a portion of the parkland to the Board of Education for use as Harlan High School. Robert Sengstacke Abbott (1868-1940), for whom the park is named, founded the influential Chicago Defender in 1905. Born in Georgia, Abbott received his education in southern schools, and graduated from Chicago's Kent College of Law. He was the only African-American in the class of 1899. Abbott's lofty goal was to eliminate racial prejudice through his newspaper. To promote racial equality, Abbott and his Defender urged southern blacks to migrate to Chicago and other northern cities for greater economic opportunity. By 1918, the influential newspaper had a national circulation of 125,000, making it the largest-selling black newspaper in the country. President of his Abbott Publishing Company, Abbott also was active in civic affairs. He served on Governor Frank O. Lowden's Race Relations Committee in 1919; on the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago World's Fair in 1934; and on the boards of the Art Institute, the Field Museum, and the Chicago Historical Society.

Parking/Directions

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

Abbott Diamond

Abbott Diamond

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St.

Abbott Basketball

Abbott Basketball (1)

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St

Hours:

Abbott Park - Jerwayne Balentine

Abbott Park - Jerwayne Balentine

Location: 49 E. 95th St.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773) 765-8746

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Abbott Fieldhouse

Abbott Fieldhouse

Hours: , ,

Abbott Football/Soccer

Abbott Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Abbott Clubrooms

Abbott Clubrooms

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St

Abbott Playground

Abbott PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Abbott Running Track

Abbott Running Track

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St.

Abbott Park Pool

Abbott Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location: 49 E. 95th St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6001

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Stairs

Abbott Tennis Court

Abbott Tennis Court

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St.

Abbott Volleyball

Abbott Volleyball

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St

Abbott Spray Pool

Abbott Spray Pool

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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
Dance Camp at Abbott 205835CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 19Coed2017/12/19 20:00From December 19, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 5pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Abbott 221349InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to December 15, 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
$44.00
Park Kids - Fall at Abbott 207056InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to December 15, 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
$44.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Abbott 221350Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to June 8, 2018$132.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Abbott 207161Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to June 8, 2018$132.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Abbott 225889InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Ballet - Beginner at Abbott 225899InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 18:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$10.00
Band at Abbott 226825InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 12 but less than 19Coed2018/01/13 20:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Abbott 225895InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 20Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Abbott 225892InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball Tournament at Abbott 225890TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 20Coed2018/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Baton & Pom Pom at Abbott 211896InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$24.00
Bid Whist at Abbott 211901OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games55 and upCoed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7:30pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Abbott 225891InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$5.00
Cheerleading - Competitive at Abbott 226794InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2018/01/13 19:15From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$5.00
Crafting at Abbott 226792InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts21 and upCoed2018/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 212217InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 212219InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2018/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$9.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Abbott 225898InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Abbott 213046InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$9.00
Park Kids - Winter at Abbott 213315InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$44.00
Park Kids - Winter at Abbott 213314InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$44.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Abbott 213660InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Abbott 213661InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Sports Conditioning at Abbott 225901InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Abbott 214185InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2018/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Weight Training at Abbott 225900InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$5.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Abbott 219242InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
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
$44.00
Park Kids - Spring at Abbott 219241InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$44.00

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Description

Located in the West Chesterfield community, Abbott Park totals 23.52 acres and features a multi-purpose room and game room. Outside, the park offers four baseball diamonds, basketball, track and tennis courts, swimming pool, and two sprinklers. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose room and game room.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, bitty basketball, tiny tots tumbling, music and movement, senior and teen clubs and aerobics. On the cultural side, Abbott Park offers dance, music and movement. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer youth can attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps, including Sports Camp, are also offered in the summer.

In addition to programs, Abbott Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Juneteenth Celebration, holiday events and an annual food drive.

The Chicago Park District acquired the site of Abbott Park as part of a ten-year plan to increase recreational opportunities in under-served neighborhoods in post-World War II Chicago. In 1947, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Park Sites recommended the creation of a park to serve the rapidly growing African-American community near 95th Street and Michigan Avenue. The park district purchased the property southeast of that intersection in 1949, and built a swimming pool and recreational facility the following year. In 1956, the park district sold a portion of the parkland to the Board of Education for use as Harlan High School. Robert Sengstacke Abbott (1868-1940), for whom the park is named, founded the influential Chicago Defender in 1905. Born in Georgia, Abbott received his education in southern schools, and graduated from Chicago's Kent College of Law. He was the only African-American in the class of 1899. Abbott's lofty goal was to eliminate racial prejudice through his newspaper. To promote racial equality, Abbott and his Defender urged southern blacks to migrate to Chicago and other northern cities for greater economic opportunity. By 1918, the influential newspaper had a national circulation of 125,000, making it the largest-selling black newspaper in the country. President of his Abbott Publishing Company, Abbott also was active in civic affairs. He served on Governor Frank O. Lowden's Race Relations Committee in 1919; on the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago World's Fair in 1934; and on the boards of the Art Institute, the Field Museum, and the Chicago Historical Society.

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