Located in the Near North Side community, Mariano Park was renamed for Louis Mariano in 1970. This park totals 0.18 acres and it was acquired by the city in 1848 and was transferred to the Park District in 1959. It hosts a structure designed by Birch Burdette Long, who was a Frank Lloyd Wright protégé.
This lovely people watching spot, located at the State Street crossing, is the perfect place to take in the city's vibe on Rush Street. The park and its fountain offer a peaceful oasis from the bustling crowds on Michigan Avenue and Oak Street.
While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Seward Park.
Transferred by the City to the Chicago Park District in 1957 pursuant to the Chicago Park and City Exchange of Functions Act, tiny Mariano Park has borne at least four names since its 1848 donation to the City of Chicago. As early as 1900, the site was known as Green Bay Triangle for the Green Bay Trail that had once run nearby, along the path of what is now Clark Street.
In 1931, the City Council designated the park Rehm Arbor, memorializing German immigrant brewer Jacob Rehm (1828-1915), a near north side resident, and also a Lincoln Park Board Commissioner, Chicago police chief, and Cook County Treasurer. Unfortunately, beginning in 1931, a sign mistakenly labelled the park Arbor Rest, the name of another triangular park nearby, for twenty-six years.
In 1970, the park district renamed it yet again, this time in honor of another local resident, Louis Mariano (1906-1970). Mariano was a reporter and editor for the Chicago Daily News, and also served as associate editor of the World Book Science Year Book. He organized the annual science fair at nearby Ogden School, the library of which also bears his name. For years Mariano spent his evenings at a restaurant across from the park, holding court and seeking out stories for his North Loop News column.
In addition to trees and benches, Mariano Park contains a small fountain and a Prairie-style pavilion designed by Birch Burdette Long in 1900.