Douglas Park

  • 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Angela Sallis
  • Park Phone: (773) 762-2842

Located in the North Lawndale community and parts of the area known as Pilsen, Douglas Park Cultural & Community Center totals 218 acres. 

Douglas is a historic regional park that offers many recreational and cultural opportunities for park patrons. The fieldhouse features include two gymnasiums, an auditorium, computer lab, fitness center, a kitchen, a grand ball room and meeting rooms.

Outdoors, the park offers tennis courts, a game day football stadium, outdoor pool, water spray features, basketball courts, an artificial turf soccer field, a pavilion, baseball fields and a small golf putting range.

Douglas Park also offers two newly renovated playgrounds as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. In summer 2016, a playground on the west end of the park was renovated and renamed Sunshine Daydream Playground, in honor of a Grateful Dead song. This new playlot offers an interactive water fountain and music-themed play equipment that is accessible for children of all ages and abilities.

Douglas Park has partnered with many community partners to add additional amentities for patrons. Through a collaboration with the Chicago Bulls Basketball organization, the park offers a computer learning lab to serve the children of the community. In partnership with Ravinia, the park is host to a series of summer concerts and the annual Junta Hispana festival in July.

Young park-goers can play seasonal sports at park facilities or take part in cultural programs, including dance, art, performing arts and theater. In the summer, youth attend day camp and specialty arts camps.

Adults participate in a range of activities at Douglas Park, including working out at the fitness center or engaging in aerobics and conditioning. Families also participate in the monthly “Bring the Family to the Table” nutritional meal, a free program offered in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

In addition to programs, Douglas Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

History

In 1869, the Illinois state legislature established the West Park Commission, which was responsible for three large parks and interlinking boulevards. Later that year, the commissioners named the southernmost park in honor of Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861). Best remembered for his pre-Civil War presidential defeat by Abraham Lincoln despite superb oratorical skills, Douglas was a United States Senator who helped bring the Illinois Central Railroad to Chicago. In 1871, designer William Le Baron Jenney completed plans for the entire West Park System which included Douglas, Garfield, and Humboldt parks. Jenney's engineering expertise was especially helpful for transforming Douglas Park's poor natural site into parkland. He had sand and manure from the Chicago Stock Yards added to the marshy site. In the center of the landscape, Jenney created a picturesque lake. A small section of the park was formally opened in 1879. In 1895, members of several German turners' clubs petitioned for an outdoor gymnasium in Douglas Park. The following year, this resulted in the construction of one of Chicago's first public facilities with outdoor gymnasium, swimming pool, and natatorium.

By the turn of the century, the West Park Commission was riddled with political graft, and the three parks became dilapidated. As part of a reform effort in 1905, Jens Jensen was appointed as General Superintendent and Chief Landscape Architect for the entire West Park System. Jensen, now recognized as Dean of the Prairie style of landscape architecture, improved deteriorating sections of the parks and added new features. Among Jensen's improvements were a semi-circular entryway at Marshall Blvd., and a formal garden at the corner of Ogden Ave. and Sacremento Dr. By the time Jensen designed the garden, Ogden Avenue, a diagonal roadway with a major streetcar thoroughfare, had already been constructed. The road divided the park into two separate landscapes, creating a busy intersection at the juncture of Ogden and Sacramento Avenues. Jensen's solution was a long axial garden on the southeast side of the intersection, providing a buffer between Ogden Ave. and playfields to the south.

At the entrance to the garden, the area closest to the busy roadway intersection, Jensen placed a monumental garden shelter, known as Flower Hall, and a formal reflecting pool. The designer of the structure is unknown, however, it was possibly Jensen himself, or his friend, Prairie School architect Hugh Garden. East of the building, the garden becomes more naturalistic. Jensen included perennial beds, a lily pool, and unique Prairie-style benches. In 1928, the West Park Commission contructed a fieldhouse in Douglas Park. The structure was designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, who were also responsible for other notable buildings including the Garfield Park Gold Dome Building, the Humboldt and LaFolette Park Fieldhouses, and the On Leong Chinese Merchant's Association Building in Chinatown. In 1934, Douglas Park became part of the Chicago Park District, when the city's 22 independent park commissions merged into a single citywide agency.

Parking/Directions

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Douglas Park Mosaic

Douglas Park Mosaic (1)

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Route 66

Route 66 (1)

Location Notes: Exterior of Maintenance Building

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mural

Whirling Divish

Whirling Divish (1)

Location Notes: Douglas Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

You Are a Reflection of You

You Are a Reflection of You (1)

Location Notes: Exterior of Maintenance Building

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Douglas Diamond Baseball

Douglas Diamond Baseball

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Basketball

Douglas Basketball

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Park - Big Al's Smoke Stack

Douglas Park - Big Al's Smoke Stack

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773) 449-0489

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Douglas Park - Espinosa

Douglas Park - Espinosa

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773)663-1117

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Douglas Park Cultural Center

Douglas Park Cultural Center

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Fieldhouse

Douglas Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Hours: , ,

Douglas Fishing

Douglas Fishing

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Fitness Center

Douglas Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Douglas Nike Turf Field

Douglas Nike Turf Field

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Douglas Soccer Fields

Douglas Soccer Fields

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Douglas Park Formal Gardens

Douglas Park Formal Gardens

Location Notes: corner of Sacramento Ave. and Ogden Ave.

Notes: Formal Gardens

Douglas Golf Course

Douglas Golf Course

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Phone: (866) 223-5564

Douglas Gymnasium

Douglas Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Lagoon

Douglas Lagoon

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Douglas Park Lagoon

Douglas Auditoriums & Clubrooms

Douglas Auditoriums & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Playground - E

Douglas Playground - EAccessible

Location: 1400 S. California Ave.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Douglas Playground - W

Douglas Playground - WAccessible

Location: 1470 S. Albany Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Douglas Playground- SE

Douglas Playground- SEAccessible

Location: 1820 S. Farrar Dr.

Location Notes: Between Farrar Dr. & 18th St., southeast corner of California Ave.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Sunshine Daydream Playground

Sunshine Daydream PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 1850 S. Albany Ave.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Douglas Park Golf Course

Douglas Park Golf Course

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Douglas Park Golf Course

Douglas Park Pool

Douglas Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Hours:

Phone: (773)762-2842

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Douglas Tennis Court

Douglas Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Spray Pool

Douglas Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

 Douglas Wellness Center

Douglas Wellness Center

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

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 Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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 Choir - Advanced Arts Partner at Douglas 202137PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 18 but less than 62Coed2017/09/06 22:30From September 6, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Douglas 202231InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 8 but less than 30Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball at Douglas 202397InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to November 21, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Chair Exercise at Douglas 202606InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Fitness & Nutrition (Special Rec) at Douglas 225675InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 21 but less than 40Coed2017/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Kiddie College at Douglas 203219InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$15.00
Leisure Education (Special Recreation) at Douglas 203394InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 18 but less than 40Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 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
$28.00
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 203529PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/02 18:00From September 2, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 203530PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/02 19:00From September 2, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Douglas 203614InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:00From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$23.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Douglas 208754Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:00From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$69.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall at Douglas 203607InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 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
$28.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Winter Spr at Douglas 203608Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to June 1, 2018$84.00
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 203661PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2017/09/05 22:00From September 5, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 203662PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2017/09/05 23:00From September 5, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 203658PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2017/09/02 14:00From September 2, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 203659PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2017/09/02 15:00From September 2, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 203660PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2017/09/02 16:00From September 2, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Piano - Intermediate Arts Partner at Douglas 203694PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2017/09/02 17:00From September 2, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Piano Arts Partner at Douglas 203695PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2017/09/02 18:00From September 2, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Play School at Douglas 203727InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$13.00
Printmaking at Douglas 222093InstructionCulture and Arts - PrintmakingAt least 13 but less than 20Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Douglas 203875InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Douglas 203923InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 204166InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 22 but less than 40Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$5.00
Winter Break Camp (Special Recreation) at Douglas 208540CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 21Coed2017/12/19 16:00From December 19, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$11.00
Winter Break Camp at Douglas 208550CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/19 15:00From December 19, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$21.00
Yoga at Douglas 204727InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:15From September 11, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$23.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Douglas 210278InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 19, 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
$22.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Winter at Douglas 210272InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2018/01/08 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
$27.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Douglas 216092InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$22.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Spring at Douglas 216086InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/04/02 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
$27.00

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Located in the North Lawndale community and parts of the area known as Pilsen, Douglas Park Cultural & Community Center totals 218 acres. 

Douglas is a historic regional park that offers many recreational and cultural opportunities for park patrons. The fieldhouse features include two gymnasiums, an auditorium, computer lab, fitness center, a kitchen, a grand ball room and meeting rooms.

Outdoors, the park offers tennis courts, a game day football stadium, outdoor pool, water spray features, basketball courts, an artificial turf soccer field, a pavilion, baseball fields and a small golf putting range.

Douglas Park also offers two newly renovated playgrounds as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. In summer 2016, a playground on the west end of the park was renovated and renamed Sunshine Daydream Playground, in honor of a Grateful Dead song. This new playlot offers an interactive water fountain and music-themed play equipment that is accessible for children of all ages and abilities.

Douglas Park has partnered with many community partners to add additional amentities for patrons. Through a collaboration with the Chicago Bulls Basketball organization, the park offers a computer learning lab to serve the children of the community. In partnership with Ravinia, the park is host to a series of summer concerts and the annual Junta Hispana festival in July.

Young park-goers can play seasonal sports at park facilities or take part in cultural programs, including dance, art, performing arts and theater. In the summer, youth attend day camp and specialty arts camps.

Adults participate in a range of activities at Douglas Park, including working out at the fitness center or engaging in aerobics and conditioning. Families also participate in the monthly “Bring the Family to the Table” nutritional meal, a free program offered in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

In addition to programs, Douglas Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

In 1869, the Illinois state legislature established the West Park Commission, which was responsible for three large parks and interlinking boulevards. Later that year, the commissioners named the southernmost park in honor of Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861). Best remembered for his pre-Civil War presidential defeat by Abraham Lincoln despite superb oratorical skills, Douglas was a United States Senator who helped bring the Illinois Central Railroad to Chicago. In 1871, designer William Le Baron Jenney completed plans for the entire West Park System which included Douglas, Garfield, and Humboldt parks. Jenney's engineering expertise was especially helpful for transforming Douglas Park's poor natural site into parkland. He had sand and manure from the Chicago Stock Yards added to the marshy site. In the center of the landscape, Jenney created a picturesque lake. A small section of the park was formally opened in 1879. In 1895, members of several German turners' clubs petitioned for an outdoor gymnasium in Douglas Park. The following year, this resulted in the construction of one of Chicago's first public facilities with outdoor gymnasium, swimming pool, and natatorium.

By the turn of the century, the West Park Commission was riddled with political graft, and the three parks became dilapidated. As part of a reform effort in 1905, Jens Jensen was appointed as General Superintendent and Chief Landscape Architect for the entire West Park System. Jensen, now recognized as Dean of the Prairie style of landscape architecture, improved deteriorating sections of the parks and added new features. Among Jensen's improvements were a semi-circular entryway at Marshall Blvd., and a formal garden at the corner of Ogden Ave. and Sacremento Dr. By the time Jensen designed the garden, Ogden Avenue, a diagonal roadway with a major streetcar thoroughfare, had already been constructed. The road divided the park into two separate landscapes, creating a busy intersection at the juncture of Ogden and Sacramento Avenues. Jensen's solution was a long axial garden on the southeast side of the intersection, providing a buffer between Ogden Ave. and playfields to the south.

At the entrance to the garden, the area closest to the busy roadway intersection, Jensen placed a monumental garden shelter, known as Flower Hall, and a formal reflecting pool. The designer of the structure is unknown, however, it was possibly Jensen himself, or his friend, Prairie School architect Hugh Garden. East of the building, the garden becomes more naturalistic. Jensen included perennial beds, a lily pool, and unique Prairie-style benches. In 1928, the West Park Commission contructed a fieldhouse in Douglas Park. The structure was designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, who were also responsible for other notable buildings including the Garfield Park Gold Dome Building, the Humboldt and LaFolette Park Fieldhouses, and the On Leong Chinese Merchant's Association Building in Chinatown. In 1934, Douglas Park became part of the Chicago Park District, when the city's 22 independent park commissions merged into a single citywide agency.

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