Julia de Burgos Park

  • 1805 N. Albany Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60647 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Vivian Garcia
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-4622

This new park features a climbing web, spider sculpture, and a long sitting wall decorated with nature themes, created by neighbors in a series of workshops led by the Chicago Public Art Group. The park is one of many access point to The 606 - the planned multi-use recreational trail being built along the elevated railline along Bloomingdale Avenue (approximately 1800 North) from Ashland (1600 West) to Ridgeway (3732 West), and will serve as a major point of access for the residents of Humboldt Park and Logan Square. 

History

In January 2012, the park was renamed for Julia de Burgos, considered one of the greatest poets of Latin America. Burgos, born in Puerto Rico, published the first of three books of her poetry in 1938. The following year, she followed Dominican revolutionary Juan Isidro Jimeses Grullón to Cuba and then to New York. She then remained in New York, often taking menial jobs, but continuing to write, often against racial discrimination, oppression and fascism. She is recognized as a feminist and activist who lived during a time when women were expected to fulfill traditional roles. Burgos's poems are a combination of intimate, the land, and the social struggle of the oppressed. She died of pneumonia at the young age of 39. Today there are schools and parks in both the east coast and Puerto Rico that honor her name and spirit.

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

Playground Art

Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: Playground

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Julia de Burgos Playground

Julia de Burgos PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

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This new park features a climbing web, spider sculpture, and a long sitting wall decorated with nature themes, created by neighbors in a series of workshops led by the Chicago Public Art Group. The park is one of many access point to The 606 - the planned multi-use recreational trail being built along the elevated railline along Bloomingdale Avenue (approximately 1800 North) from Ashland (1600 West) to Ridgeway (3732 West), and will serve as a major point of access for the residents of Humboldt Park and Logan Square. 

In January 2012, the park was renamed for Julia de Burgos, considered one of the greatest poets of Latin America. Burgos, born in Puerto Rico, published the first of three books of her poetry in 1938. The following year, she followed Dominican revolutionary Juan Isidro Jimeses Grullón to Cuba and then to New York. She then remained in New York, often taking menial jobs, but continuing to write, often against racial discrimination, oppression and fascism. She is recognized as a feminist and activist who lived during a time when women were expected to fulfill traditional roles. Burgos's poems are a combination of intimate, the land, and the social struggle of the oppressed. She died of pneumonia at the young age of 39. Today there are schools and parks in both the east coast and Puerto Rico that honor her name and spirit.

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