Welcome to Eckhart Park!
Welcome to Eckhart Park!
The Pool at Eckhart Park
The pool at Eckhart
Learn to Swim at Eckhart
Learn to Swim at Eckhart
Water spray on the new playground!
Water spray on the new playground!
Eckhart Park Lady Panthers football!
Eckhart Park Lady Panthers football!
Community gardening at Eckhart
Community gardening at Eckhart
Location:

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

Supervisor: Lydia Vega
Phone Numbers: Main (312) 746-5490
Features: Free Street Parking, Has Divvy Bike Rental

 

Hours

Park Hours
Weekday 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
Weekday Time slot Comment
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Description

Located in the West Town community, Eckhart Park totals 8.85 acres and features an indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, two gymnasiums, a fitness center and a boxing center. Outdoors, the park offers baseball diamonds, an athletic field for football and soccer, a playground with a water pray feature, and a community garden. The playground was renovated in Summer 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program.

Young park-goers come to Eckhart Park for gymnastics, swim lessons and to join the Eckhart Panthers Junior Bear football and cheerleading teams. Youth attend Day Camp in the summer, as well as year-round therapeutic recreation programs. Adults participate in a range of activities, including aquatic classes, boxing and seasonal sports, and parents gather at Eckhart Park with their preschoolers for Bitty Basketball and other classes and activities for younger children.

In addition to programs, Eckhart Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park, concerts, plays and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

History

The West Park Commission acquired land in 1907 and created Eckhart Park to provide breathing space and social services for one of the overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods the commission served.

Two years earlier, a revolutionary system of ten neighborhood parks had opened on the city’s South Side. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers and D.H. Burnham & Co., these innovative parks not only provided landscape amenities, but also public bathing, branches of the Chicago Public Library, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs.

Eckhart Park was among the first in a system of small West Side parks authorized by state legislation in 1905. The park takes its name from Bernard A. Eckhart (1852-1931), who played a prominent role in the neighborhood parks movement.

Eckhart, president of the West Park Commission from 1905 through 1908, hired landscape architect Jens Jensen as General Superintendent for the West Park System. Jensen went on to become known as the Dean of the Prairie style of landscape architecture.

In 1907, Jensen began designing Eckhart Park as one of the first three small parks planned by the West Chicago Park Commissioners to provide breathing space and social services for the congested tenement districts within their jurisdiction.

Eckhart Park’s 8-acre site presented Jensen with a major challenge. His initial plan of 1907 illustrates that he began with a rigid and formal layout in order to incorporate all of the ambitious program components. He later modified the plan to provide a looser organization of space, with activities integrated throughout.

Eckhart Park’s final plan included a playground, open-air gymnasiums, a swimming Pool with a Prairie style bridge separating the deep and shallow ends, and community gardens where children could learn to plant and tend their plots. It also included a handsome brick field house and natatorium designed by William Carbys Zimmerman who then served as the State Architect for Illinois.

Eckhart became part of the Chicago Park District’s portfolio in 1934 when the 22 park districts were consolidated.

Advisory Council

Contact: Gregory Dixon,   President
Meeting Details:

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First Saturday of the month at  9am.

Parking/Directions

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

Map & Facilities

Eckhart Football/ Soccer Field

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Clubrooms

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Baseball Fields

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Basketball Court - Outdoor

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Boxing Gym

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Fieldhouse

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Fitness Center

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Gymnasiums

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart - Kim & Carlo's Chicago Style Hot Dog | Concession

1330 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

:
(312) 969-0462

Eckhart Park Community Garden

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Park Pool

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

:
(312) 746-5553

Eckhart Playground

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Water Spray Feature

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

Eckhart Park Pool

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

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    (312) 746-5553
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Eckhart Football/ Soccer Field

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
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Eckhart Playground
Eckhart Playground

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
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Eckhart Clubrooms

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

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Eckhart Water Spray Feature

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
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Eckhart Baseball Fields

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
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Eckhart Basketball Court - Outdoor

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
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View of boxing gym at Eckhart Park
Eckhart Boxing Gym

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

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Eckhart Fieldhouse

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
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Eckhart Fitness Center
Eckhart Fitness Center

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
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View of Eckhart Park Gym
Eckhart Gymnasiums

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

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Eckhart - Kim & Carlo's Chicago Style Hot Dog | Concession

1330 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

  • :
    (312) 969-0462
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Eckhart Park Community Garden
Eckhart Park Community Garden

1330 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
United States

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