Skinner Park

  • 1331 W. Monroe St.   Chicago, Illinois 60607 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Marques Johnson
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5560

Located in the Near West Community Area, Skinner Park totals 7.32 acres and features a small fieldhouse. The Park also shares use of the adjacent Whitney Young High where there is access to a gymnasium and indoor swimming pool. Outside, the park offers a children’s playground, baseball fields, basketball courts, and an athletic field for football or soccer.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports, tennis or table games at the facility. 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, Skinner Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Family Nights, Pumpkin Patch, tot’s events and Movies in the Park.

Parking/Directions

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

History

In 1848, as the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trustees prepared sale maps for public land to generate revenue that would be used to build the canal, they set aside a 5 ½ acre parcel on what was then the West Side of Chicago to create a small park.  Originally named Jefferson Park, the City’s Bureau of Public Works soon improved the small square with lawn trees and a small lake as its centerpiece. Theodore Dreiser described the park in his famous novel, Sister Carrie.  In this influential work (which was considered immoral at the time) G.W. Hurstwood, a married man, waited for his mistress Carrie Meeber, while she "... found a rustic bench beneath the green leaves of a lilac bush....  At a little pond near by some cleanly dressed children were sailing white canvas boats.  In the shade of a green pagoda a bebuttoned officer of the law was resting, his arms folded."
 
During Chicago’s earliest history, the neighborhood surrounding Jefferson Park was one of Chicago’s most fashionable areas. After the Great Fire of 1871, however, the residential area began to decline, and the park also slowly deteriorated.  The City transferred the site to the West Park Commission in 1885, and the commission substantially improved the small park a few years later.  By the 1910s, many other west side parks had facilities specifically for children, and in 1915 a group of local residents petitioned for a children's playground, wading pool, natatorium, and outdoor gymnasium.  As this project would have required filling in the park's lake, the commissioners decided not pursue it at that time.
 
In 1934, when the West Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District, the park became known as the “the first Jefferson Park” because the park district also took possession of another site named Jefferson Park on the city’s Northwest side.  The first Jefferson Park remained unchanged until 1955, when it was renamed in honor of the adjacent Mark Skinner School.  One of Chicago’s earliest school inspectors, Mark Skinner (1836   1887) went on to serve as a U.S. attorney for Illinois, and a State Representative.  Soon after its renaming, the park’s lake was filled to make way for ball fields and a playground, to better serve adjacent what is now known as Skinner West Classical Elementary School.  In the mid 1970s, Whitney Young Magnet High School opened just southwest of the park.
 
Over the years, adjacent streets were greened over, and Skinner Park was expanded to slightly more than 7 acres in size.  Recent improvements include a new playground with a climbable created by Phil Schuster and Jennifer Gotowski and the Chicago Public Art Group.
 
Playground Art

Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: Playground

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Skinner Diamond

Skinner Diamond

Location Notes: 1331 W. Monroe St.

Skinner Basketball

Skinner Basketball

Location Notes: 1331 W. Monroe St.

Skinner Fieldhouse

Skinner Fieldhouse

Hours: , ,

Skinner Football/Soccer

Skinner Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1331 W. Monroe St.

Descriptors: Grass

Skinner Gymnasium at Whitney Young H.S.

Skinner Gymnasium at Whitney Young H.S.

Location Notes: 211 S. Loomis St.

Notes: at Whitney Young High School

Skinner Picnic Grove

Skinner Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 1331 W. Monroe St.

Skinner Playground

Skinner PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Accessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Skinner Sandboxes

Skinner Sandboxes

Location Notes: 1331 W. Monroe St.

Skinner Water Feature

Skinner Water Feature

Location Notes: 1331 W. Monroe St.

Events

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
CPD Water Polo Club at Skinner 156329InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 10pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$75.00
Family Swim at Skinner Cancelled159898OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/24 23:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Open Swim at Skinner Cancelled157356OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Sports Camp at Skinner 158246CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$114.00
Sports Camp at Skinner 158244CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/16 14:00From August 16, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$72.00
Sports Camp at Skinner 158245CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/16 17:30From August 16, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$72.00
Youth Swim at Skinner Cancelled159885OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Youth Swim at Skinner Cancelled159885OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Youth Swim at Skinner Cancelled159885OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Skinner 165009InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 16:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Badminton at Skinner 165073InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/10/18 21:00From October 18, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Skinner 165222OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 28, 2016
$0
Basketball at Skinner 165312InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$62.00
Baton & Pom Pom at Skinner 165388InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:15From September 19, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
$42.00
Bitty Basketball at Skinner 165434InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$62.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Skinner 165651InstructionAquatics - Specialized14 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$75.00
Cross Country at Skinner 165666InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2016 to October 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Double Dutch at Skinner 165792InstructionSports - Double DutchAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Family Swim at Skinner 165869OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/09/22 01:00From September 21, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Flag Football at Skinner 165950InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 21:00From September 6, 2016 to October 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Flag Football at Skinner 165949InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/07 21:30From September 7, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Skinner 166001InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Indoor Soccer at Skinner 166519InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$62.00
Inner City Flag Football at Skinner 166542InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 21:00From September 6, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9am to 2pm
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Skinner 166542InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 21:00From September 6, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 9am to 2pm
$0
Lap Swim at Skinner 166713OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/21 02:00From September 20, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 9pm to 10pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 166868InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 166869InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 166867InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 166871InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 166872InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 166873InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 166870InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Skinner 167175OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/20 01:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 8pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 9pm to 10pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Skinner 167317InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 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
$218.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Skinner 167397Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$654.00
T-Ball at Skinner 168196InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$62.00
TEAM Sports at Skinner 168260InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to January 7, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Tennis at Skinner 168392InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$62.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Skinner 168607InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Skinner 168673InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Skinner 168674InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Skinner 168728InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$62.00
Winter Break Camp at Skinner 169049CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/26 14:00From December 26, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$72.00
Yoga at Skinner 169140InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$27.00

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Located in the Near West Community Area, Skinner Park totals 7.32 acres and features a small fieldhouse. The Park also shares use of the adjacent Whitney Young High where there is access to a gymnasium and indoor swimming pool. Outside, the park offers a children’s playground, baseball fields, basketball courts, and an athletic field for football or soccer.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports, tennis or table games at the facility. 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, Skinner Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Family Nights, Pumpkin Patch, tot’s events and Movies in the Park.

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

In 1848, as the Illinois and Michigan Canal Trustees prepared sale maps for public land to generate revenue that would be used to build the canal, they set aside a 5 ½ acre parcel on what was then the West Side of Chicago to create a small park.  Originally named Jefferson Park, the City’s Bureau of Public Works soon improved the small square with lawn trees and a small lake as its centerpiece. Theodore Dreiser described the park in his famous novel, Sister Carrie.  In this influential work (which was considered immoral at the time) G.W. Hurstwood, a married man, waited for his mistress Carrie Meeber, while she "... found a rustic bench beneath the green leaves of a lilac bush....  At a little pond near by some cleanly dressed children were sailing white canvas boats.  In the shade of a green pagoda a bebuttoned officer of the law was resting, his arms folded."
 
During Chicago’s earliest history, the neighborhood surrounding Jefferson Park was one of Chicago’s most fashionable areas. After the Great Fire of 1871, however, the residential area began to decline, and the park also slowly deteriorated.  The City transferred the site to the West Park Commission in 1885, and the commission substantially improved the small park a few years later.  By the 1910s, many other west side parks had facilities specifically for children, and in 1915 a group of local residents petitioned for a children's playground, wading pool, natatorium, and outdoor gymnasium.  As this project would have required filling in the park's lake, the commissioners decided not pursue it at that time.
 
In 1934, when the West Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District, the park became known as the “the first Jefferson Park” because the park district also took possession of another site named Jefferson Park on the city’s Northwest side.  The first Jefferson Park remained unchanged until 1955, when it was renamed in honor of the adjacent Mark Skinner School.  One of Chicago’s earliest school inspectors, Mark Skinner (1836   1887) went on to serve as a U.S. attorney for Illinois, and a State Representative.  Soon after its renaming, the park’s lake was filled to make way for ball fields and a playground, to better serve adjacent what is now known as Skinner West Classical Elementary School.  In the mid 1970s, Whitney Young Magnet High School opened just southwest of the park.
 
Over the years, adjacent streets were greened over, and Skinner Park was expanded to slightly more than 7 acres in size.  Recent improvements include a new playground with a climbable created by Phil Schuster and Jennifer Gotowski and the Chicago Public Art Group.