Park Hours
Sunday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Monday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm


Located in the Lower West Side community, Jefferson Playground Park is 2.01 acres and it has a playground and a water spray feature. It is an active community park. 

While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Ping Tom Memorial Park


Jefferson Park is one of many playgrounds established by the City of Chicago at the close of World War II. By 1950, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation had developed this playlot on Board of Education-owned property in the under-served Pilsen neighborhood. The bureau soon added a basketball court to the original sandbox, spraypool, playground equipment, and softball diamond.

In 1959, the city transferred management of the site to the Chicago Park District, which redeveloped the property and added a comfort station in 1980. The following year, the district expanded the park, purchasing two adjacent vacant lots at the urging of The Pilsen Housing and Business Alliance, the alderman, and other community residents. The Board of Education transferred the remainder of the property to the park district in 1982.

Jefferson Park takes the name of the adjacent street, once the city's western boundary. For years, Pilsen's Jefferson Park was one of three Chicago parks so named. (One has since been renamed Mark Skinner Park, the other, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Park.) All three honored Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third president of the United States. Among the nation's most revered statesmen, Jefferson was also an architect, educator, inventor, and agriculturalist.


Parking Directions

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


Advisory Council

Contact: Arielle Bielak,   President
Meeting Details:

Tuesday, January 16 

Tuesday, March 20

Tuesday,  March 15

Tuesday, July 17

Tuesday, September 19

Tuesday, November 20

6:30pm at Leonard M. Louie Fieldhouse at Ping Tom Park. 


Map & Facilities

1640 S. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60616

1709 S. Des Plaines St.
Chicago, IL 60616

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