Hours

Park Hours
Day Time slot Comment
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
Fieldhouse Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Saturday Closed

Description

Located in the Washington Park/Woodlawn neighborhood, Washington Park totals 345.67 acres and features two gymnasiums, a photography lab, dance studio, racquetball court, fitness center,game room, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of the park include a nature area, a Harvest Garden and an arboretum. Outside, the park offers a lagoon, aquatic center, three playgrounds, basketball/ tennis courts, baseball, football, soccer, cricket, and softball fields. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, fields, and multi-purpose rooms. Additionally, Washington Park features the renowed Fountain of Time sculpture by Lorado Taft.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, fitness, Teen Club, Junior Bears Football. On the cultural side, the park offers music and movement and dance. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Washington Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Ashaki Black History Month Celebration and other holiday-themed events.

History

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted & Calvert Vaux, Washington Park is one of Chicago’s most significant historic landscapes. Originally considered the “western division”—a 367-acre portion of the enormous 1055-acre South Park—it was connected to the park’s “eastern division” via a grand boulevard called the Midway Plaisance. In 1881, the South Park Commissioners named the western division in honor of George Wash­ington (1732–1799) first president of the United States. At the same time, they named the eastern division Jackson Park.

Olmsted and Vaux completed an ambitious plan for South Park in 1871. The plan included a magnificent South Open Green- an open meadow on which cows and sheep would roam to enhance the pastoral experience and keep the lawn trim. The meadow was not only enjoyed by flocks of Southdown sheep, but also park patrons who gathered for baseball, drills, and other athletics.  Renowned architects Burnham & Root designed two late nineteenth century buildings in the park—the stables and round house and the refectory which originally housed the offices for the South park Commissioners.  In 1910 Burnham’s firm designed a larger administrative headquarters which houses the Du Sable Museum of African American History.

In 1922 Lorado Taft (1860–1936), Chicago’s pre-eminent sculptor, created the Fountain of Time on the southeastern edge of Washington Park. Inspired by ”The Paradox of Time,” a poem by Henry Austin Dobson, Taft’s fountain is composed of an ominous cloaked Father-Time figure gazing at a wave-like procession of one hundred human figures across the water.

By the mid-1930s, the growing African-American community around Washington Park was in dire need of additional recreational facilities. The park district responded by building two competition-size swimming pools near the refectory. In the early 1990s, the park district rehabilitated the refectory and transformed the swimming area into a major aquatic center. Recent projects include lagoon improvements, the construction of a $700 thousand playground, the creation of an arboretum, and a $2 million restoration of the Fountain of Time.  Lagoon improvements were made in the early 2000s.

Parking Directions

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

Advisory Council

Contact: Cecilia Butler,   President
Phone: (773) 667-4160
Meeting Details:

3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

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

Map & Facilities

Washington Drexel Fountain

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Spray Feature

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Unconditional Love
Washington Unconditional Love | Artwork

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Gymnasium

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Tennis Court

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Drexel Fountain
Washington Drexel Fountain

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Auditorium

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Natural Area
Washington Natural Area

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Abstract figure in front of park building.
Emergence #11 | Artwork

Rainey Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington DuSable Museum Flower Garden

740 E. 65th Pl.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Baseball Field

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington - Lille's Hot Dogs | Concession

4147 W. 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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(312) 434-4727
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Woven fabric pattern carved into and drawn on to a dead tree.
Woven | Artwork

5200 S. Payne Drive
Chicago, IL 60615
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Elegant Beauty
Washington Elegant Beauty (Artwork)

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Basketball Court

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Harvest Garden

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Tree wrapped with cut Tyvek and decorated with aluminum details at the ends of branches.
Ghost Tree | Artwork

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Fountain of Time
Washington Fountain of Time

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Clubroom

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Park Pool
Washington Pool

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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(773)288-0619
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Outside view of the DuSable Museum
DuSable Museum of African American History

740 E 56th Pl
Chicago, IL 60637
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(773) 947-0600
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George Washington Monument
Washington (George Washington Monument)

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Cricket Slab

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Playground - E

5450 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Monument
Washington Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Monument

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Fieldhouse

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Playground - NW
Washington Playground - NW

5250 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Mosaic
Washington Mosaic | Artwork

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Fishing Area

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Playground - S

550 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Peculiar People
Washington Peculiar People | Artwork

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Fitness Center

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Playground - SW

5650 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Playground Art
Washington Playground Art

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Washington Football/Soccer Field

5200 South Ellsworth Drive
Chicago, IL 60615
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Washington Racquetball Court

5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Spirit of DuSable Series
Washington Spirit of DuSable Series | Artwork

5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637
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