Hours

Park Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Monday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Fieldhouse Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am-7:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am-7:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am-7:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am-7:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am-7:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am-7:00 pm

Description

Located in the South Chicago Community Area, Bessemer Park totals 20.27 acres and features two gymnasiums, a boxing gym, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include two gardens. Outside, the parks offers an artificial soccer field, handball court, a swimming pool, picnic groves, softball & baseball fields, a track, and tennis courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, fields, and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, playschool activities, Therapeutic Recreation, and Teen Club. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Special Recreation Camp.

In addition to programs, Bessemer Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday events.

History

The South Park Commission created Bessemer Park in 1904 as part of what proved to be a nationally influential neighborhood park system. At the time, vast numbers of immigrants were arriving in Chicago with hopes of achieving the "American dream." Instead, many found intolerable living and working conditions. The City's existing parks were too far away to offer any relief. Superintendent J. Frank Foster conceived a new type of park for these areas. The innovative parks not only provided beautifully landscaped "breathing spaces," but also public bathing, the City's first branch libraries, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Co. designed the whole system of new parks. In addition to Bessemer Park, the neighborhood park system included Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, and Hamilton Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour, Cornell Squares.  The 22 park districts were consolidated in 1934 to create the Chicago Park District and Bessemer Park became part of the Park District's portfolio.  Streets were vacated in 1957 to complete the 20.27 acre park..

Bessemer Park was named for Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898), an Englishman who perfected the process of making steel, which revolutionized the steel industry worldwide. The name is especially appropriate because the park is located a mile away from South Chicago's once-thriving steel mills.

Parking Directions

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

Schedules

Advisory Council

Contact: Danielle Richards,   President
Meeting Details:

2nd Wednesday of the month at 5pm

Out of an abundance of caution Park Advisory Council Meetings will be held virtually for the near future. Please contact the Bessemer PAC for details.

Map & Facilities

Bessemer Baseball Field

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Picnic Area

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Baseball Field

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Playground
Bessemer Playground

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Basketball

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Running Track

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Boxing Gym

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Spray Pool

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Clubrooms

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Tennis Court

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Fieldhouse

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Turf Soccer/Football

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Gymnasium

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Unofficial Soccer Field

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Handball/Raquetball

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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8930 S Muskegon Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Park - Bena Marie Jackson | Concession

8930 S. Muskegon
Chicago, IL 60617
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(773) 656-3659
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Bessemer Nature Garden
Bessemer Nature Garden

8930 S Muskegon Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
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Bessemer Park Pool
Bessemer Park Pool

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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(312)747-6023
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Bessemer Paths and Trails

8930 S. Muskegon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
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