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 Closed
Monday 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Description

Located in the McKinley Park community area, adjacent to Brighton Park and Back of the Yards, McKinley Park totals 71.75 acres and features two gymnasiums, a gymnastics center, a kitchen, an auditorium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, artificial turf soccer field, baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for football or soccer, a seasonal ice skating rink, a playground and an interactive water spray feature. The playground was renovated in Fall 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports or go ice skating in the winter 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, McKinley Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Halloween events and Movies in the Park.

History

In October of 1901, one month after the assassination of William McKinley, 25th President of the United States, the South Park Commission (SPC) officially named a new and still undeveloped park in his honor.

Experimental in its location and intent, this park proved to be nationally important. At the time, Chicago's existing parks were far away from the filthy, noisy, overcrowded tenement neighborhoods in the center of the city. Superintendent J. Frank Foster envisioned a new type of park that would provide social services as well as breathing spaces in these areas.

To test the idea, in 1901 the park commission began acquiring property near the Union Stockyards. Composed of open prairie and cabbage patches, the site had previously been the Brighton Park Race Track. The experimental McKinley Park originally offered ballfields, lawn tennis, swimming and wadinglagoon, and a lovely classically-designed bathhouse.

More than 10,000 people attended the park's dedication on June 13, 1902. The effort was so successful that the following year the South Park Commission began creating a whole system of new neighborhood parks for the south side. Opened to the public in 1905, the first ten were: Sherman, Ogden, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour, and Cornell Squares. These innovative neighborhood parks influenced the development of other parks throughout the United States.

McKinley Park received such intensive use, that in 1906, the SPC acquired adjacent property, doubling its acreage. The designers expanded the existing wading pool into a large naturalistic lagoon with several small wooded islands. They also introduced a children’s playground, a music court plaza, open-air gymnasiums, and the following decade, a field house.

Parking Directions

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

Advisory Council

Contact: Veronica O'Malley,   President
Meeting Details:

2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m

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

Map & Facilities

McKinley Park - Acosta Concessions

2210 W. Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
(872)220-0988

McKinley Park Pool

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
(312)747-6527

McKinley Picnic Grove

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Gymnastics Center

within McKinley Park Fieldhouse
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Playground

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

Jospeh Donnersberger Memorial

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Tennis Courts

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Water Playground

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Baseball Fields

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

William McKinley Memorial

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Basketball Courts - Outdoor

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

Natura Non Confundenda Est | Artwork

2210 West Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60609
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McKinley Path & Trails

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Gymnasium - Stage

1834 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:

McKinley Clubroom

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Dog Friendly Area (DFA)

2230 W. Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
312-747-6527

McKinley Fieldhouse

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
312-747-6527

Mckinley Park Community Garden

2210 W Pershing Rd
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:

McKinley Fishing Area

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Dog Friendly Area (DFA)

2210 West Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
312-747-6527

McKinley Football/Soccer Fields

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Football/Soccer Field - S

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Gymnasium

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

McKinley Ice Rink

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
(312) 747-5992

McKinley Natural Area

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

William McKinley Memorial
William McKinley Memorial

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Football/Soccer Field - S

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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Tree branches cut into wooden blocks and stuck back on to a tree giving the appearance that the tree is pixilating.
Natura Non Confundenda Est | Artwork

2210 West Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Gymnastics Center

within McKinley Park Fieldhouse
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Park West Gymnasium
McKinley Gymnasium

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Gymnasium - Stage

1834 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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Jospeh Donnersberger Memorial
Jospeh Donnersberger Memorial

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Ice Rink
McKinley Ice Rink

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
(312) 747-5992
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McKinley Dog Friendly Area (DFA)

2230 W. Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
312-747-6527
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McKinley Football/Soccer Field - Artificial Turf

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Natural Area
McKinley Natural Area

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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Mckinley Park Community Garden

2210 W Pershing Rd
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Baseball Fields

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Park - Acosta Concessions

2210 W. Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
(872)220-0988
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McKinley Dog Friendly Area (DFA)

2210 West Pershing Road
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
312-747-6527
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McKinley Basketball Courts - Outdoor

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Park Pool
McKinley Park Pool

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
(312)747-6527
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McKinley Path & Trails

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Picnic Grove

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Park Club Room
McKinley Clubroom

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Playground
McKinley Playground

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Fieldhouse

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

:
312-747-6527
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McKinley Tennis Courts

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Fishing Area

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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McKinley Water Playground

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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Fire Pitch Courts
McKinley Football/Soccer Fields

2210 W. Pershing Rd.
Chicago, IL 60609
United States

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