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Enjoy a movie in the parks! Hollywood stars return to Chicago skies this summer, as Movies in the Parks brings big-screen entertainment to local parks for the nineteenth season.
We are athletes, writers, artists, and poets. We are smart, driven, creative, and passionate. We want our city to know this. The future won’t wait for us, so we’re going after it. We are Teens in the Park.
Located in the middle of the Ravenswood Manor community, the park is 0.83 acres and it is the crown jewel of the neighborhood! Over the years, the park has become the place for families and neighbors to gather. Whether enjoying a summer concert in the park or just hanging out with the kids in the playground, the community embraces its gem of a park.
Enjoy a Night (or day) Out in the Parks! Night Out in the Parks brings more than 2,000 events to Chicago’s neighborhood parks throughout the year, with more than 1,200 taking place over the summer! Learn more about this program and the local art and community organizations that partner with us to make it possible. Before you check out the full list of events below...
Located in the Near West Community Area, Union Park totals 13.77 acres and features a fieldhouse and separate building that houses the gymnasium, fitness center and locker rooms. The field house holds a theater room with a stage and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers tennis courts, baseball fields, a swimming pool, a playground, an athletic field for football or soccer, and basketball courts.
This 0.45 acre park is located in the Uptown community (approximately four blocks north of Irving Park Road, one block east of Graceland Cemetery). It contains a playground and is adjacent to the dog-friendly area at Challenger Park. During the summer, the community hosts concerts in the park. While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Gill Park.
While all of Chicago’s parks are unique and important in some way, the parks listed below are ones not to miss. From historically important parks like Garfield Park, home to the Garfield Park Conservatory, and Jackson Park, host to the 1893 World’s Fair; to newer parks like Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago with a playground and ice rink (actually ice ribbon) like no other; and the serene setting of the natural area within a neighborhood park like Gompers Park, these amazing spaces help shape our great city.
Located in the Near North Community, Stanton Park totals 6.51 acres and features an indoor pool, gymnasium and two club meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for football or soccer and a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports 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.
Located in the Hyde Park community, Midway Plaisance is a special-use ice skating rink facility which totals 71.97 acres and it features a warming center. Green features of the park include a north and south winter garden. Outside, the park offers the ice rink and multi-purpose fields. Many spaces are available for rental including our ice rink, warming center, and fields. Park-goers can participate in ice skating lessons, kids and adults Rat Hockey (pickup games), and special events.
Located in the Douglas community area, Williams Park totals 6.67 acres and offers an athletic field, playground equipment, a small recreation building, a spray pool, an interactive water spray feature and horse shoe, tennis, and basketball courts. Williams Park also uses the gymnasium facility and rooms in the adjacent John B. Drake Elementary School. Park-goers can play baseball, basketball and 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.
Located in the South Lawndale community in the area often called Little Village, Piotrowski Park Cultural Center totals 23.76 acres and features a convertible domed pool for year round use, a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, athletic fields for soccer or football, a playground, tennis courts and a new skate park.
Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals 4.90 acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and a baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports 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.
Located in the Near North community also called Streeterville, Lake Shore Park totals 7.08 acres and offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities for a densely populated community. Amenities include tennis courts, a quarter-mile soft surface running track and a playground. Inside, the park offers a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center and meeting rooms. Many of these spaces are available for rental for special events.
Cool Off in the Parks Spend time in a park pool, water playground, at the beach, or one of the many cooling center sites located throughout the city. Pools CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT COOLING CENTER SITES: For cooling center hours, click on the park name to see the fieldhouse hours. For questions, please call the parks. To locate a cooling center near you, or to request a well-being check for someone who may be suffering from the heat, call 311.