Skinner Park

  • 1331 W. Monroe St.   Chicago, Illinois 60607 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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.

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
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
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
Swim Camp at Skinner 190607CampsAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/12/27 17:00From December 27, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$25.00
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
Water Polo Camp at Skinner 190621CampsAquatics - SpecializedAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/12/27 21:00From December 27, 2016 to December 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
$25.00
Water Polo Camp at Skinner 190622CampsAquatics - SpecializedAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/01/03 21:00From January 3, 2017 to January 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
$25.00
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Skinner 190791InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Skinner 172117OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Teen League at Skinner 189671Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball at Skinner 172229InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to February 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Skinner 172228InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$0
Basketball at Skinner 172227InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$43.00
Baton & Pom Pom at Skinner 172307InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
$43.00
Bitty Basketball at Skinner 172365InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$63.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Skinner 172614InstructionAquatics - Specialized13 and upMale2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$75.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Skinner 190787InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$75.00
CPD Water Polo League at Skinner 190792Individual_LeagueAquatics - Specialized15 and upCoed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$35.00
Family Yoga at Skinner 187708InstructionWellness - Yoga3 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Indoor Soccer at Skinner 173331InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$63.00
Inner City Basketball at Skinner 173370Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/02/07 23:00From February 7, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Skinner 173621InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/14 01:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 173618InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 01:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 173620InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Skinner 173619InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
$30.00
Open Swim at Skinner 173894OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/10 03:00From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Tuesday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Wednesday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Thursday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Skinner 174035InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 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
$218.00
Soccer at Skinner 174546InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/02/21 22:15From February 21, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$0
T-Ball at Skinner 174676InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$63.00
TEAM Sports at Skinner 190789InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 29, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
From January 14, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Skinner 190789InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 29, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
From January 14, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
$35.00
Tennis at Skinner 174870InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$63.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Skinner 175005InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Skinner 175064InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Skinner 175118InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$63.00
Volleyball at Skinner 175361InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to February 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Yoga at Skinner 175502InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$28.00

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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.