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 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.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
Adult Swim at Abbott 195102OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:15From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Dance Camp at Abbott 195559CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$15.00
Day Camp at Abbott 195586CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$164.00
Day Camp at Abbott 195587CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$65.00
Early Bird Camp at Abbott 195724CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$55.00
Extended Camp at Abbott 195814CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$55.00
Family Swim at Abbott 195894OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Lap Swim at Abbott 201652OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/17 23:15From June 17, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Abbott 196418InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Abbott 196416InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Abbott 196417InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Abbott 196419InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 18:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Abbott 196747OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at Abbott 197143InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 23:15From June 20, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$35.00
Teen Swim at Abbott 197274OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 20:30From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$0
Youth Swim at Abbott 197681OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 19:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:15pm
$0

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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.