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 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.

Parking/Directions

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

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 - SW

Douglas Playground - SWAccessible

Location: 1850 S. Albany Ave.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Douglas Playground - W

Douglas Playground - WAccessible

Location: 1470 S. Albany Ave.

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

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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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 162019PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 18 but less than 62Coed2016/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Douglas 162120InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 8 but less than 30Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Douglas 162135InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Basketball at Douglas 162297InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 29, 2016
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 162524InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Dance Open Studio at Douglas 185170OpenCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$0
Drama (Special Recreation) at Douglas 185172InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 8 but less than 40Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Girl Scouts Partnership at Douglas 185168PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Kiddie College at Douglas 163145InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$7.00
Leisure Education (Special Recreation) at Douglas 163341InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 18 but less than 40Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 163467PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/10 18:00From September 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 163468PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/10 19:00From September 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Musical Theater at Douglas 162015InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Douglas 163577InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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 - Fall Winter Spring at Douglas 163596Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$66.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall at Douglas 163571InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Winter Spr at Douglas 163572Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to June 9, 2017$81.00
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 163623PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2016/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 163624PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2016/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 163620PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2016/09/10 14:00From September 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 163621PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2016/09/10 15:00From September 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 163622PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2016/09/10 16:00From September 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Piano - Intermediate Arts Partner at Douglas 163657PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2016/09/10 17:00From September 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Piano Arts Partner at Douglas 163658PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2016/09/10 18:00From September 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Play School at Douglas 163688InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$7.00
Seasonal Sports at Douglas 163904InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Douglas 163965InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Set Design at Douglas 185173InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater17 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 164199InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 22 but less than 40Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$7.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 164198InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 21Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 164200InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports15 and upCoed2016/11/19 16:00From November 19, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 3pm
$0
Trash to Treasure at Douglas 185174InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts6 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Yoga at Douglas 164712InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:15From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$22.00

Documents

There are no documents available.

Photos & Videos

Reviews

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.

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.