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

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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.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

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 save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Abbott 167371Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$126.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Abbott 178374InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Basketball at Abbott 197962InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Bid Whist at Abbott 178747OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games50 and upCoed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7:30pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Abbott 192337InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Bitty Basketball at Abbott 178749InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Cheerleading - Competitive at Abbott 192336InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 19Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 179051InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$8.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 179048InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 179049InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$8.00
Drumline at Abbott 192334InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Flag Football at Abbott 197963InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Abbott 180047InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$8.00
Park Kids - Spring at Abbott 197966InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$42.00
Park Kids - Spring at Abbott 180344InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 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
$42.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Abbott 180825InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Abbott 180824InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Teen Leadership Connection at Abbott 181366InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0

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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.