Hours

Park Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday: 6:00 am-10:00 pm
Monday: 6:00 am-10:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 am-10:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 am-10:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 am-10:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am-10:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am-10:00 pm
Fieldhouse Hours
Day 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-2:00 pm

Description

Ping Tom Memorial Park's 17.44-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River in the Armour Square Community. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old railyard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of the impressive river views. Today, Ping Tom Memorial Park holds a children's playground, community gathering areas and Chinese landscape design elements.

The park's fieldhouse, named in honor of the late Advisory Council President Leonard Louie, was completed in October 2013. The facility offers a multi-purpose gymnasium, a 9 feet-deep, zero-depth entry indoor swimming pool, two meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, men's, women and family locker rooms, a second story outdoor patio with skyline views, a green rooftop, and a full service kitchen. 

Outside, the park offers an athletic field, walking paths by the river, and a boat house, which is open for kayak rentals during the summer season. The boathouse includes a public dock that is available for use by non-motorized boats during park hours. Restrooms are also available to the public when the boathouse vendor is operating. Outside facilities also include a children's playground and a pagoda-style pavilion. 

Patrons enjoy visiting Ping Tom for fitness classes, indoor swimming and seasonal sports. The park is a popular destination for special events and many of its spaces are available for rental. Park goers also come to Ping Tom Park to enjoy Night Out in the Parks special events such as concerts and dance performances on the lawn, Shakespeare in the Park, Movies in the Park screenings, and much more. 

 

History

The Chicago Park District acquired the site for Ping Tom Memorial Park in 1991. For years, its surrounding Chinatown community had suffered a total lack of open space and recreational facilities. The only nearby parks, Hardin Square and Stanford Park, had been demolished 30 years earlier to make way for the Dan Ryan Expressway. Two full generations of children in Chinatown grew up without access to a neighborhood park or any recreational area.

Ping Tom Memorial Park's 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of impressive river views. The park has a children's playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements.

The park was named in honor of the leading force behind its creation, Chinatown's most noted civic leader, Ping Tom (1935-1995). A lifelong resident of Chinatown, Ping Tom formed the Chinese American Development Corporation in 1984. The private real estate firm transformed a 32-acre rail yard site into Chinatown Square, a $100 million dollar residential and commercial expansion of Chinatown.

Active in numerous prominent civic and cultural institutions, Ping Tom was also an advisor to U.S. senators, Illinois governors, and Chicago mayors. In 2002, the Chicago Park District acquired 5 additional acres on the northeast side of the park. Landscape improvements to the expanded area of Ping Tom Memorial Park will soon follow.

Parking Directions

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

Advisory Council

Contact: Debbie Lu,   President
Meeting Details:

First Wednesday on even months at 6:30 p.m.

Out of an abundance of caution Park Advisory Council Meetings will be held virtually for the near future. Please contact the Ping Tom PAC for details.

Map & Facilities

Ping Tom Paths & Trails

1906 South Tom Parkway
Chicago, IL 60616
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Leonard M. Louie Fieldhouse

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Ping Tom Boathouse

300 W. 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Ping Tom Clubrooms

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Ping Tom Baseball Field

1700 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Ping Tom Fitness Center

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Ping Tom Gymnasium

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Ping Tom Playground

1700 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Ping Tom Memorial Park Pool

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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(312) 225-0955

Ping Tom Portrait Bust

300 W. 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Return of the Yellow Cranes | Artwork

1700 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Stone Talk | Artwork

1700 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

Ping Tom Natural Area

300 w 18th street
chicago, IL 60616
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Ping Tom Boat Launch

200-322 West 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Pagoda

239 West 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Stone Talk
Stone Talk | Artwork

1700 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Leonard M. Louie Fieldhouse

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Natural Area
Ping Tom Natural Area

300 w 18th street
chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Boathouse

300 W. 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Boat Launch

200-322 West 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Clubrooms

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Pagoda
Ping Tom Pagoda

239 West 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Baseball Fields
Ping Tom Baseball Field

1700 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Paths & Trails

1906 South Tom Parkway
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Fitness Center
Ping Tom Fitness Center

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Gymnasium

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Playground

1700 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Ping Tom Memorial Park Pool

1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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(312) 225-0955
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Ping Tom Portrait Bust

300 W. 19th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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Return of the Yellow Cranes
Return of the Yellow Cranes | Artwork

1700 S. Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
United States

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