Jackson Park

  • 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60637 [View Map]
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  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: Park: 6am - 11pm Fieldhouse: 9am-10pm M-F
  • Park Supervisor: Bobbie Beckam
  • 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: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Basketball

Jackson Basketball

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

63rd Street Beach

63rd Street Beach

Location: 63rd St. & Lake Michigan

Notes: 63rd Street Beach

Jackson Garden

Jackson Garden

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Community Garden run by Growing Power

Descriptors: Edible

Morales Tacos

Morales Tacos

Location: Jackson Park, 6300 S. Hayes Drive

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

Tasty Grill

Tasty Grill

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

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

Jackson Dune

Jackson Dune

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave

Notes: 63rd Street Beach

Jackson Fieldhouse

Jackson Fieldhouse

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Fishing Area

Jackson Fishing Area

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Fitness Center

Jackson Fitness Center

Location: 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: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Football/Soccer

Jackson Football/Soccer

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Osaka Garden

Jackson Osaka Garden

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Osaka Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Jackson Park Perennial Garden

Jackson Park Perennial Garden

Location: 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: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Jackson Park Golf Course

Jackson Gymnasium

Jackson Gymnasium

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Park Lagoon

Jackson Park Lagoon

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Jackson Park Lagoon

Jackson Clubroom

Jackson Clubroom

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Picnic Groves

Jackson Picnic Groves

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Playgrounds

Jackson Playgrounds

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

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

Bobolink Meadow

Bobolink Meadow

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Bobolink Meadow

Wooded Island

Wooded Island

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Notes: Wooded Island

Jackson Track

Jackson Track

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Sandboxes

Jackson Sandboxes

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Tennis Courts

Jackson Tennis Courts

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Volleyball

Jackson Volleyball

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

Jackson Water Play Area

Jackson Water Play Area

Location: 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.

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 Tuesday, August 5, 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
Basketball - Teen League at Jackson 82056Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18CoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
Free
Cheerleading Camp at Jackson 87141CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
Free
Day Camp at Jackson 82264CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$235.00
Early Bird Camp at Jackson 82377CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$80.00
Extended Camp at Jackson 82453CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$80.00
Football at Jackson 82543InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
$20.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Jackson 82689Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom May 27, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Free
Sports Camp at Jackson 83290CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
$60.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Jackson 83635Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 6, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
Free
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Jackson 92295InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18MaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$1.00
Basketball at Jackson 92296InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$5.00
Conditioning at Jackson 92608InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Free
Teen Club at Jackson 94848OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
Free
Windy City Hoops Basketball at Jackson 95478Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom August 29, 2014 to December 27, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
Free

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 4
Basketball Court - Outdoor 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 4
Birding Area 63rd St. & Lake Michigan 1 63rd Street Beach
Community Gardens 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. Edible 1 Community Garden run by Growing Power
Concessions Jackson Park, 6300 S. Hayes Drive 1 Food & Beverage, 9am - 5pm, 773.716.5085
Concessions 57th Street Beach House, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, 1 Food & Beverage, 11am - 8pm, 708.979.6920
Dune Habitat 6401 S. Stony Island Ave 1 63rd Street Beach
Fieldhouse 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 0
Fishing Areas 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 1
Fitness Centers 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 1 M-F, 9am-9:30pm; Sa, 9-4 :30pm; Su, 11-4:30pm. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 0
Gardens 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. Ornamental 1 Osaka Garden
Gardens South of the Museum of Science and Industry between Cornell Dr. & Lake Shore Dr. Ornamental 1 Jackson Park Perennial Garden
Golf Facilities 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 1 Jackson Park Golf Course
Gymnasiums 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 1
Lagoons and Ponds 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 1 Jackson Park Lagoon
Meeting/Event Space 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 5
Picnic Groves 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 13
Playgrounds 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 6 Chicago Plays Renovation for playground at 58th & Stony Island Ave. - Fall 2013
Prairies & Grasslands 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 1 Bobolink Meadow
Prairies & Grasslands 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 1 Wooded Island
Running Tracks 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 1
Sandboxes 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 2
Tennis Courts 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 17
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 3
Water Playgrounds 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 1

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.