Ping Tom Natural Area

300 W 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60616

Located Within: Tom (Ping) Memorial Park
Features: Prairie, Wetland, ADA Path
Is Accessible
Note: Paved paths and accessible river overlook


Hours Notes

This park is open from 6am to 10pm daily.


Ping Tom Park Natural Area contains over three acres of native prairie and wetland habitat, located within Ping Tom Memorial Park in the Chinatown community. After the demolition of Chinatown's only two parks to make way for the Dan Ryan Expressway, two full generations of Chinatown residents grew up without access to local green space. In 1998, under the leadership of one of Chinatown's most noted civic leaders, Ping Tom Memorial Park opened and renewed access to green space in this neighborhood.   

Much work has been done to bring this natural area to its current state. Community volunteers assist the park district by collecting and planting native seed and plugs, picking up trash, monitoring flora and fauna, and removing invasive species. Learn more about volunteer opportunities in Chicago Park District Natural Areas by visiting our Community Stewardship Program page.

Help keep wildlife wild, safe, and healthy by following posted signage and Natural Areas Rules and Regulations.


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Map & Facilities

Ping Tom Natural Area

300 W 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States