Jackson Park

  • 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60637 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Bobbie Beckam
  • Park Phone: (773) 256-0903

Located in the Woodlawn community, Jackson Park totals 542.89 acres and features a gymnasium, three multi-purpose rooms, and fitness center. Green features of the park include Wooded Island, (which include the Japanese styled Osaka Garden), Bobolink Meadows, and a vegetable and flower garden. Outside, the park offers three harbors, 63rd St. Beach, basketball/tennis courts, multi-purpose fields, golf course, golf driving range and an artificial turf field. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose fields, gymnasium and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, arts & crafts, and tennis lessons. On the cultural side, Jackson Park offers piano lessons. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Jackson Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family such as holiday-themed events.

History

After the state legislature created the South Park Commission in 1869, the renowned designers of New York's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, were hired to lay out the 1055-acre park. Known originally as South Park, the landscape had eastern and western divisions connected by a grand boulevard named the Midway Plaisance. The eastern division became known as Lake Park; however, in 1880 the commission asked the public to suggest official names for both the eastern and western Divisions. Jackson and Washington were proposed, and the following year, Lake Park was renamed Jackson Park to honor Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), the seventh president of the United States.

In 1890, Chicago won the honor of hosting the World's Columbian Exposition, and Jackson Park was selected as its site. Olmsted and Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham laid out the fairgrounds. A team of the nation's most significant architects and sculptors created the "White City" of plaster buildings and artworks. The monumental World's Fair opened to visitors on May 1, 1893. After it closed six months later, the site was transformed back into parkland. Jackson Park featured the first public golf course west of the Alleghenies, which opened in 1899. Today, two structures remain as impressive symbols of the World's Columbian Exposition. The "Golden Lady" sculpture is a smaller version of Daniel Chester French's Statue of the Republic which originally stood at the foot of the Court of Honor. The original Fine Arts Palace now houses Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

Parking/Directions

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

Jackson Baseball

Jackson Baseball

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Basketball

Jackson Basketball

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

63rd Street Beach

63rd Street Beach

Location Notes: 63rd St. & Lake Michigan

Notes: 63rd Street Beach

Jackson Garden

Jackson Garden

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Community Garden run by Growing Power

Descriptors: Edible

Morales Tacos

Morales Tacos

Location Notes: Jackson Park, 6300 S. Hayes Drive

Notes: Food & Beverage, 9am - 5pm, 773.716.5085

Tasty Grill

Tasty Grill

Location Notes: 57th Street Beach House, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive,

Notes: Food & Beverage, 11am - 8pm, 708.979.6920

Jackson Dune

Jackson Dune

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave

Notes: 63rd Street Beach

Jackson Fieldhouse

Jackson Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Hours: , ,

Jackson Fishing Area

Jackson Fishing Area

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Fitness Center

Jackson Fitness Center

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: M-F, 9am-9:30pm; Sa, 9-4 :30pm; Su, 11-4:30pm. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Jackson Football/Soccer

Jackson Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6200 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Football/Soccer

Jackson Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Osaka Garden

Jackson Osaka Garden

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Osaka Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Jackson Park Perennial Garden

Jackson Park Perennial Garden

Location Notes: South of the Museum of Science and Industry between Cornell Dr. & Lake Shore Dr.

Notes: Jackson Park Perennial Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Jackson Golf Course

Jackson Golf Course

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Jackson Park Golf Course

Jackson Gymnasium

Jackson Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Park Lagoon

Jackson Park Lagoon

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Jackson Park Lagoon

Jackson Clubroom

Jackson Clubroom

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Picnic Groves

Jackson Picnic Groves

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Playgrounds

Jackson Playgrounds

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation for playground at 58th & Stony Island Ave. - Fall 2013

Bobolink Meadow

Bobolink Meadow

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Bobolink Meadow

Wooded Island

Wooded Island

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Wooded Island

Jackson Track

Jackson Track

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Sandboxes

Jackson Sandboxes

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Tennis Courts

Jackson Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Volleyball

Jackson Volleyball

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Water Play Area

Jackson Water Play Area

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

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 Jackson 111630Activity_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 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
$90.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Inner City Basketball at Jackson 129379Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to April 9, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Jackson 105247OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$51.00
Basketball - Open at Jackson 105248OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$100.00
Go Girl Go at Jackson 105985InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Jackson 121751Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Jackson 106978InstructionOut 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
$31.00
Senior Citizens Club at Jackson 107381OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0
Spring Break Camp at Jackson Cancelled107598CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/13 14:00From April 13, 2015 to April 17, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$26.00
Strength and Conditioning at Jackson 129502InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Jackson 130698InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 23:15From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
$5.00
Track & Field at Jackson 108185InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$11.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Jackson 108353Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0

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Description

Located in the Woodlawn community, Jackson Park totals 542.89 acres and features a gymnasium, three multi-purpose rooms, and fitness center. Green features of the park include Wooded Island, (which include the Japanese styled Osaka Garden), Bobolink Meadows, and a vegetable and flower garden. Outside, the park offers three harbors, 63rd St. Beach, basketball/tennis courts, multi-purpose fields, golf course, golf driving range and an artificial turf field. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose fields, gymnasium and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, arts & crafts, and tennis lessons. On the cultural side, Jackson Park offers piano lessons. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Jackson Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family such as holiday-themed events.

After the state legislature created the South Park Commission in 1869, the renowned designers of New York's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, were hired to lay out the 1055-acre park. Known originally as South Park, the landscape had eastern and western divisions connected by a grand boulevard named the Midway Plaisance. The eastern division became known as Lake Park; however, in 1880 the commission asked the public to suggest official names for both the eastern and western Divisions. Jackson and Washington were proposed, and the following year, Lake Park was renamed Jackson Park to honor Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), the seventh president of the United States.

In 1890, Chicago won the honor of hosting the World's Columbian Exposition, and Jackson Park was selected as its site. Olmsted and Chicago's famous architect and planner Daniel H. Burnham laid out the fairgrounds. A team of the nation's most significant architects and sculptors created the "White City" of plaster buildings and artworks. The monumental World's Fair opened to visitors on May 1, 1893. After it closed six months later, the site was transformed back into parkland. Jackson Park featured the first public golf course west of the Alleghenies, which opened in 1899. Today, two structures remain as impressive symbols of the World's Columbian Exposition. The "Golden Lady" sculpture is a smaller version of Daniel Chester French's Statue of the Republic which originally stood at the foot of the Court of Honor. The original Fine Arts Palace now houses Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

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