This small park is located in the Uptown community (two blocks west of Sheridan Road, ½ block north of Lawrence Avenue). The park totals 0.26 acres and it has a soft surface playground for children and families to spend the day. While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Broadway Armory Park.
The Chicago Park District purchased this park site in 1967, and officially designated it Hickory Park in 1973. The park was one of a number of properties named for trees and plants at this time. A member of the walnut family, the Hickory tree produces nuts that are an important source of food for squirrels, other mammals, and larger birds. Until the mid-20th century, the Shagbark Hickory, common in Chicago and the surrounding area, was the most popular material for making skis. Surprisingly, a cord of Shagbark wood produces almost as much heat as a ton of anthracite coal.