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 includes the Japanese styled Garden of the Phoenix, previously referred to as 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. 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

Metered parking is available in nearby lots.  Get rates and additional information.

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

 

57th Street Underpass Mural

57th Street Underpass Mural (1)

Location Notes: E. 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Fishing Eagle

Fishing Eagle (1)

Location Notes: 64th/LSD East

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Flock

Flock (1)

Location Notes: 64th @ LSD, west side

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Sky Landing

Sky Landing (1)

Location Notes: North Side of Wooded Island

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Statue of the Republic

Statue of the Republic (1)

Location Notes: E. Hayes Drive and S. Richards Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

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

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 CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

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

Jackson Football/Soccer

Jackson Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6200 S. Stony Island Ave.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Jackson Football/Soccer

Jackson Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Garden of the Phoenix

Garden of the Phoenix

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Previously referred to as Osaka Garden

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

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.

59th Street Harbor

59th Street Harbor (1)

Location: 5900 S. Lake Shore Drive

Phone: (312) 747-7019

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 Playground -56th & Cornell

Jackson Playground -56th & CornellAccessible

Location: 1625 E. 56th St.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Jackson Playground -56th & Stony Island

Jackson Playground -56th & Stony IslandAccessible

Location: 5625 S. Stony Island Ave.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Jackson Playground -6401 S Lake Shore Dr

Jackson Playground -6401 S Lake Shore DrAccessible

Location: 6401 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Jackson Playground -67th & Jeffery

Jackson Playground -67th & JefferyAccessible

Location: 2000 E. 67th St.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Jackson Playground -67th & Ridgland

Jackson Playground -67th & RidglandAccessible

Location: 1725 E. 67th St.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Jackson Playground -Park Shore & Stony Island

Jackson Playground -Park Shore & Stony IslandAccessible

Location: 6200 S. Stony Island Ave.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Jackson Playgrounds -64th & Stony Island

Jackson Playgrounds -64th & Stony IslandAccessible

Location: 6375 S. Stony Island Ave.

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

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Wooded Island

Wooded Island

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Wooded Island

Bobolink Meadow

Bobolink Meadow

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Bobolink Meadow

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.

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.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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
Basketball at Jackson 165288InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
$2.00
Park Kids - Fall at Jackson 167292InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to December 19, 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
$32.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Jackson 167360Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$96.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Jackson 169018Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/02 22:00From September 2, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Jackson 169038CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/27 16:00From December 27, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$27.00
Winter Break Camp at Jackson 169039CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/03 16:00From January 3, 2017 to January 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$27.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Jackson 172078OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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
$52.00
Basketball - Open at Jackson 172079OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$156.00
Crocheting at Jackson 186816InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$11.00
Inner City Basketball at Jackson 173360Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Jackson 174011InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 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
$32.00
Table Tennis at Jackson 186815InstructionSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$11.00
Teen Leadership Club at Jackson 174828InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
$8.00

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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 includes the Japanese styled Garden of the Phoenix, previously referred to as 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. 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.

Metered parking is available in nearby lots.  Get rates and additional information.

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