Abbott Park

  • 49 E. 95th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
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  • 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

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Abbott Fieldhouse

Abbott Fieldhouse

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Abbott Football/Soccer

Abbott Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St.

Abbott Clubrooms

Abbott Clubrooms

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St

Abbott Playground

Abbott PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Abbott Running Track

Abbott Running Track

Location Notes: 49 E. 95th St.

Abbott Park Pool

Abbott Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location: 49 E. 95th St.

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Phone: (312)747-6001

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

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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 94116Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$120.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Beginner at Abbott 122080InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$21.00
Bitty Basketball at Abbott 105420InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Cheerleading - Competitive at Abbott 105576InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$21.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 105697InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$21.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 122077InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$6.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 122078InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$21.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 122079InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$6.00
Game Room - Open at Abbott 129636OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Low-Impact Aerobics at Abbott 106077InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$6.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Abbott 106943InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
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
$41.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Abbott 107295InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$2.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Abbott 107294InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$2.00
Teen Club at Abbott 107804OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Abbott 119777OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 21:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Abbott 118010InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Abbott 131299InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$25.00
Day Camp at Abbott 118344CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$148.00
Early Bird Camp at Abbott 118479CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$51.00
Extended Camp at Abbott 118567CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$51.00
Family Swim at Abbott 118644OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Abbott 119497InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Abbott 119498InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/18 22:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Open Swim at Abbott 119768OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Play Camp at Abbott 120820CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$61.00
Play Camp at Abbott 120821CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 18:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$61.00
POST Adult Swim at Abbott 130859OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 21:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Family Swim at Abbott 130860OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 23:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:30pm
$0
POST Open Swim at Abbott 130862OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
POST Open Swim at Abbott 131794OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/10 16:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1:45pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Abbott 130861OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/25 22:00From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
PRE Adult Swim at Abbott 131517OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/13 16:00June 13, 2015
Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
PRE Open Swim at Abbott 131793OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1:45pm
$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.