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
As of January 2015, Osaka Garden and Wooded Island are closed for renovations. - As of January 2015, Osaka Garden and Wooded Island are closed for renovations.

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. 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

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

Jackson Osaka Garden

Jackson Osaka Garden

Location Notes: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Osaka Garden

Ask of January 2015, Osaka Garden is closed for renovations.

Notice Valid From: 10/2/2015 - 7/13/2016

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

As of January 2015, Wooded Island is closed for renovations

Notice Valid From: 10/2/2015 - 7/13/2016

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.

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Day Camp at Jackson 156426CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$252.00
Early Bird Camp at Jackson 156544CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$84.00
Extended Camp at Jackson 156630CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$84.00
Football Camp at Jackson 156778CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$21.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Jackson 156903Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/05/31 19:00From May 31, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
$0
Sailing - Beginner - Keelboat at Jackson Cancelled158066InstructionAquatics - Sailing18 and upCoed2016/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2016 to September 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$250.00
Sailing - Beginner - Keelboat at Jackson Cancelled158067InstructionAquatics - Sailing18 and upCoed2016/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2016 to September 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$250.00
Sailing Camp - Small Boat at Jackson 158101CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/06/27 14:30From June 27, 2016 to July 8, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$250.00
Sailing Camp - Small Boat at Jackson 158105CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 11 but less than 18Coed2016/06/27 14:30From June 27, 2016 to July 8, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$250.00
Sailing Camp - Small Boat at Jackson 158102CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/07/11 14:30From July 11, 2016 to July 22, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$250.00
Sailing Camp - Small Boat at Jackson 158106CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 11 but less than 18Coed2016/07/11 14:30From July 11, 2016 to July 22, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$250.00
Sailing Camp - Small Boat at Jackson 158103CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/07/25 14:30From July 25, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$250.00
Sailing Camp - Small Boat at Jackson 158107CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 11 but less than 18Coed2016/07/25 14:30From July 25, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$250.00
Sailing Camp - Small Boat at Jackson 158104CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/08/08 14:30From August 8, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$250.00
Sailing Camp - Small Boat at Jackson 158108CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 11 but less than 18Coed2016/08/08 14:30From August 8, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$250.00
Sports Camp at Jackson 158227CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$62.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Jackson 158676Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/10 22:00From June 10, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm 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. 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.