Welcome to Sunken Gardens Playlot!
Welcome to Sunken Gardens Playlot!
Sunken Gardens Passive Area
Sunken Gardens Passive Area

4500 N. Virginia Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Supervisor: Deb Groh (Horner Park)
Phone Numbers: Main (773) 478-3499



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


Sunken Gardens Park is 0.31 acres and it is one of our park properties used only for passive recreation, is located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood (two blocks north of Montrose Avenue, and five blocks west of Western Avenue).

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


By an overwhelming majority, residents of the Ravenswood Manor and Ravenswood Gardens neighborhoods voted to create their own independent park district in 1914. Although these were comfortable, middle-class neighborhoods, the Ravenswood Manor Gardens Park District had limited resources because it could collect no more than 3% of the assessed property valuation within its 1/4-mile territory. The new park district could only afford to create very small parks which emphasized landscape improvements, rather than recreational facilities. In 1917, the Ravenswood Manor Gardens Park District acquired a parcel of land, just east of the North Branch of the Chicago River on Sunnyside Avenue. The following year, the site was transformed into a lovely garden with a central sunken lawn edged by a walk, three trellis-like pergolas, an ornamental fountain, urns, and lush shrubbery and floral plantings. This soon became known as Sunken Gardens Park. In 1934, Sunken Gardens Park became part of the Chicago Park District’s portfolio, which formed through the consolidation of the City's 22 independent park agencies. Although the Park District planted more than 300 new shrubs in the late 1930s, Sunken Gardens Park soon suffered from deterioration and vandalism. Unfortunately, by the early 1950s, all of the original garden features had been removed. Today, Sunken Gardens Park is used for passive recreation.

Advisory Council

Contact: Peter Schlossman,   Horner PAC President
Meeting Details:

1st Monday of the month @ 7pm, Horner Park


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

Map & Facilities

Sunken Gardens Park

4500 N. Virginia Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 478-3499