Douglas Park

  • 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Angela Sallis
  • 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 Park is a historic regional park with features that include 2 gymnasiums, an auditorium, computer lab, fitness center, a kitchen, 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. In collaboration with the Chicago Bulls Basketball organization the children’s computer learning lab serves 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 the facility or take a creative writing class. On the cultural side, Douglas Park offers dance, arts, performing arts and theatre. In the summer, youth attend day camp, and specialty arts camps.

Adults participate in a range of activities, including working out at the fitness center, aerobics and conditioning. Families can also participate in the monthly “Bring the Family to the Table” free nutritional meal 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.

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.

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Douglas Diamond Baseball

Douglas Diamond Baseball

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Basketball

Douglas Basketball

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Park Cultural Center

Douglas Park Cultural Center

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Fieldhouse

Douglas Fieldhouse

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Fishing

Douglas Fishing

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Fitness Center

Douglas Fitness Center

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Notes: M.-F. 8am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm Sign up for a membershipADA Accessible Equipment

Douglas Nike Turf Field

Douglas Nike Turf Field

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Soccer Fields

Douglas Soccer Fields

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Park Formal Gardens

Douglas Park Formal Gardens

Location: corner of Sacramento Ave. and Ogden Ave.

Notes: Formal Gardens

Descriptors: Ornamental

Douglas Golf Course

Douglas Golf Course

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Gymnasium

Douglas Gymnasium

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Lagoon

Douglas Lagoon

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Douglas Park Lagoon

Douglas Auditoriums & Clubrooms

Douglas Auditoriums & Clubrooms

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Playgrounds

Douglas Playgrounds

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Park Golf Course

Douglas Park Golf Course

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Douglas Park Golf Course

Douglas Tennis Court

Douglas Tennis Court

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Spray Pool

Douglas Spray Pool

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

 Douglas Wellness Center

Douglas Wellness Center

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Acting at Douglas 91842InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Free
Adult Choir - Advanced Arts Partner at Douglas 110520PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 18 but less than 62CoedFrom September 10, 2014 to December 10, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Free
Adult Choir Arts Partner at Douglas 110519PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 18 but less than 62CoedFrom September 10, 2014 to December 10, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Douglas 110402InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 8 but less than 30CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Free
Arts & Crafts at Douglas 92046InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Free
Basketball at Douglas 92196InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 25, 2014
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
Free
Cardio Conditioning at Douglas 92514InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Chair Exercise at Douglas 110399InstructionWellness - Fitness62 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Free
Family Arts & Crafts at Douglas 92806InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts6 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Kiddie College at Douglas 93483InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$5.00
Leisure Education (Special Recreation) at Douglas 93698InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 18 but less than 31CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$25.00
Mighty Munchkins at Douglas 111817InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$9.00
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 110517PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 110518PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
Free
Painting at Douglas 92817InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting6 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Douglas 94044InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$20.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Douglas 110398Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$60.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Session at Douglas 94019InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$25.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) Fall Winter Spring at Douglas 112024Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to June 5, 2015
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
$65.00
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110514PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62CoedFrom September 9, 2014 to December 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110515PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62CoedFrom September 9, 2014 to December 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Free
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110510PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Free
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110511PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
Free
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110512PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Free
Piano - Intermediate Arts Partner at Douglas 110513PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Piano Arts Partner at Douglas 110516PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Play School at Douglas 110403InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Douglas 94349InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Douglas 94450InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 110400InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 21CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Free
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 110401InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports22 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
$5.00
Yoga at Douglas 95583InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00

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Description

Located in the North Lawndale community and parts of the area known as Pilsen, Douglas Park Cultural & Community Center totals 218 acres.  Douglas Park is a historic regional park with features that include 2 gymnasiums, an auditorium, computer lab, fitness center, a kitchen, 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. In collaboration with the Chicago Bulls Basketball organization the children’s computer learning lab serves 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 the facility or take a creative writing class. On the cultural side, Douglas Park offers dance, arts, performing arts and theatre. In the summer, youth attend day camp, and specialty arts camps.

Adults participate in a range of activities, including working out at the fitness center, aerobics and conditioning. Families can also participate in the monthly “Bring the Family to the Table” free nutritional meal 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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 2
Concessions Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento 0
Cultural Centers 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Fieldhouse 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 0
Fishing Areas 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Fitness Centers 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1 M.-F. 8am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm Sign up for a membershipADA Accessible Equipment
Football / Soccer 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 0
Football / Soccer 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 0
Gardens corner of Sacramento Ave. and Ogden Ave. Ornamental 1 Formal Gardens
Golf Facilities 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 2
Gymnasiums 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Lagoons and Ponds 1401 S. Sacramento Ave. 1 Douglas Park Lagoon
Meeting/Event Space 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 7
Playgrounds 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 5
Prairies & Grasslands 1401 S. Sacramento Ave. 1 Douglas Park Golf Course
Swimming Pools 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 0
Tennis Courts 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Water Spray Features 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Wellness Centers 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1

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.