Parks

West Ridge Nature Preserve
Address: 5801 N. Western Ave Chicago, Illinois 60659
Park Hours: Dawn-Dusk
Park Supervisor: Supervisor: Michelle Baldwin [Green Briar Park]
Park Phone: 773.761.0582
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/west-ridge-nature-preserve-park-no-568/

From rich pond life teeming with frogs, herons, and dragonflies, to shrubby areas where migratory birds stop to rest, to lush prairies filled with native grasses and wildflowers. Our parks are some of the best in the city, bike and walking paths, fountains, children’s play grounds, a dog lot and a wonderful pool, to programs driven by the park district make our network of green spaces a place for all to enjoy. With the hard work of Pat and his staff every park within the ward has been enhanced. One such example is the West Ridge Nature Preserve. This recent addition to our community is a spectacular natural oasis, please take some time to explore nature right in your neighborhood.


Gross Park
Address: 2708 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60625
Fieldhouse Hours: Su: Closed, Mo,Fr: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, Tu-Th: 12:00 PM-8:00 PM, Sa: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Mark Naumiec
Park Phone: 312.742.7528
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Gross-Park/

Gross Park is 1.56 acres and it is located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. It features four basketball standards, a junior soccer field, and an ADA accessible soft surface playground.

The staff offers soccer and basketball instructional programs, touch football, plus a soccer league for youth. In the winter we offer a drop-in afterschool program and Kiddie Kollege for the little ones. Once summer comes around we offer our popular Play Camp for the kiddos! We hope to see you at the Park.


Mather Park
Address: 5941 N. Richmond St. Chicago, Illinois 60659
Fieldhouse Hours: Sa-Su: Closed, Mo-Fr: 6:00 AM-10:00 PM
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Michelle Baldwin
Park Phone: 312.742.7501
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Mather-Park/

Mather Park is located in the West Ridge community and shares 14.83 acres with Mather High School where many of the Chicago Park District programs are held. Mather High School features a natatorium, two gymnasia and other rooms for indoor patron use. Outdoors, Mather Park features one senior baseball and four junior softball fields, two combination football and soccer fields, four basketball standards, five tennis courts, four horseshoe pits, a playground, and a sandbox.

Mather Park offers a great variety of sports, and leagues are the majority of its programs. Sports include 16” softball, 12” slow pitch softball, basketball, flag football, volleyball, and indoor soccer. Meeting in the natatorium are the junior lifeguards, lifeguarding classes, swim team, open swim, and lap swim.


Schreiber Park
Address: 1552 W. Schreiber Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60626
Fieldhouse Hours: Sa-Su: Closed, Mo-Fr: 9:30 AM-5:00 PM
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Nilla Narsa
Park Phone: 773.262.6741
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Schreiber-Playground-Park/

Located in Rogers Park (north of Devon Avenue and east of Clark Street), Schreiber Park offers weekday programming for various age groups. Programs include children’s arts and crafts, sports and fitness, dance, games and homework hour, adult walking club, as well as moms, pops & tots. The park’s ping-pong table is rather popular.

The 2.48-acre park continues to expand its open green space and contains a new ADA accessible soft-surface playground, an open space ideal for junior field sports, community garden and a basketball court.

Please note: If you are interested in swim programs offered at nearby Sullivan High School Pool, patrons can register at Schreiber Park. If you are already registered for swim programs, please enter the school using door number 10, which is located adjacent to the H.S. parking lot [Albion right before Bosworth].


Green Briar Park
Address: 2650 W. Peterson Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60659
Fieldhouse Hours: Su: 10:30 AM-3:30 PM, Mo-Fr: 10:00 AM-9:00 PM, Sa: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Michelle Baldwin
Park Phone: 773.761.0582
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Green-Briar-Park/

Green Briar Park, prominently located on West Peterson Avenue just east of California Avenue, serves West Ridge community residents with a number of athletic and unique recreational activities, ranging from various music classes to jewelry making. The historic fieldhouse features a gymnasium on the first floor and an auditorium on the second floor, which is available for rental for private events and parties. As part of its after-school Park Kids program, Green Briar Park is 4.03 acres and it offers homework time coupled with recreational activities aimed at physical fitness and health.

The park also provides bitty basketball, youth basketball, and teen club. For those who enjoy all sports, Green Briar Park offers a Seasonal Sports class that provides practice and preparation for regional and citywide athletic tournaments, which may include flag football, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, or floor hockey, for example. For adults, Green Briar offers 4-on-4 basketball, volleyball, 14” softball, and jewelry making/lapidary. All ages are invited to participate in the park’s instrumental music classes with instruction available on several different instruments such as piano, guitar, and bass guitar.

In the summer, Green Briar keeps children active with day camp ideal for working parents. The camp includes early bird camp extending the camp-time by one hour in the morning. Outdoors, Green Briar Park features two basketball standards, two junior baseball fields, a tennis court, volleyball court, playground and spray pool.


River Park
Address: 5100 N. Francisco Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60625
Fieldhouse Hours: Su: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mo-Fr: 10:00 AM-9:00 PM, Sa: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Vera Onate
Park Phone: 312.742.7516
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/River-Park/

Located at the convergence of the Chicago River and canal, River Park is 28.81 acres and it offers a rich wildlife habitat, excellent fishing and a canoe launch. River Park boasts a swimming pool and an interactive water playground in the summer months.

The artificial turf soccer field and running track, as well as a soft-surface playground, draw visitors from around the city. The park also features seven tennis courts and two baseball fields.

Numerous children head to River Park for its strong Park Kids after-school program. Several programs are held in the park’s large auditorium, which is also available for rental by private groups. Basketball and indoor soccer are two popular programs for both youth and teens. Teens get together for a leadership camp in the summer, and preschoolers gather for play group. Adult programming at River Park includes men’s basketball. River Parks Arts Partner is Chicago Dance Medium featuring ballet and modern dance instruction.


Winnemac Park
Address: 5100 N. Leavitt St.Chicago, Illinois 60625
Fieldhouse Hours: Su: Closed, Mo-Fr: 1:30 PM-9:30 PM, Sa: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Lisa Ragucci
Park Phone: 312.742.5101
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Winnemac-Park/

Winnemac Park, part of the school-park campus program, encompasses 22.38 acres, including land owned by both the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Park District. Bounded by Damen, Foster, Leavitt and Argyle, Winnemac Park offers programming and program registration in Amundsen High School, Chappell Elementary School and Winnemac Stadium.

In 2008 the park officially opened a new accessible playground for the community. The park was renovated in 1999 with $2 million in improvements including the addition of 200 trees, a scenic prairie garden and nature trail, three softball fields, a soccer field and new walkways, decorative lights and fencing.

Winnemac youth programs include basketball, bitty basketball, after-school drop-in, table fun and games, soccer, Cubs Care rookie baseball, and summer day camp.

Please note that swimming programs associated with Winnemac Park are held within Amundsen High School’s pool, but remain listed under Winnemac Park in the schedule.

To enter Amundsen High School for swimming and gym activities use door #4 after 6pm.


Legion Park
Address: 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60659
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Vera Onate (River Park)
Park Phone: 312.742.7516
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Legion-Park/

This 51.66-acre, oblong park straddles three neighborhoods: West Ridge, Lincoln Square, and North Park. This large park features two junior baseball fields, two playslabs with basketball standards, two tennis courts, four playgrounds, a roller hockey area, a nature area, and a bicycle path. The ornamental fountain and oversized flower beds provides a great backdrop for wedding photos.

The park’s northern border starts at Peterson Avenue, the southern border ends at Foster Avenue, and its west side abuts Kedzie / Jersey Avenues. If you are interested in renting one of the athletic fields or other amenities, please contact River Park.

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


Emmerson Park
Address: 1820 W. Granville Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60660
Fieldhouse Hours: Sa-Su: Closed, Mo,We,Fr: 1:30 PM-5:30 PM, Tu,Th: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Moseth Sample
Park Phone: (773) 761-0433
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Emmerson-Park/

Located in the West Ridge community (at the corner of Granville and Ridge Avenues), this 2.60 acre park contains a small fieldhouse with a kitchen, a playground with sandbox and spray pool, two tennis courts and two basketball standards.

During the fall, winter, and spring sessions, Emmerson Park offers Park Kids after school program and sports programs for youth.

During the summer session, Emmerson Park offers a fun-filled day camp program for youth. Day campers have a blast participating in weekly field trips, arts & crafts, special visits from police and fire department personnel, as well as special-event days, such as pajama day, crazy hat and sock day.

Additionally, Emmerson Park offers youth crafts to celebrate most holidays and serves as host to the neighborhood’s bi-monthly CAPS meetings.


Jacob’s Playlot
Address: 4674 N Virginia Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60625
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Deb Groh (Horner Park)
Park Phone: 773.478.3499
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Jacob-Playlot-Park/

Located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood (two blocks south of Lawrence Avenue, and seven blocks west of Lincoln Avenue), Jacob Park is 0.89 acres and it features a playground with slides and swings, plus a sandbox for an afternoon of activities.

As part of the ChicagoPlays! playground renovation program the playlot received a new colorful playground. It’s a great place for the kiddos and families to hang out and play!

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


Mellin Playlot
Address: 5553 N. Ashland Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60640
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Moseth Sample (Emmerson Park)
Park Phone: 773.761.0433
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Mellin-Playlot-Park/

Located in the Edgewater neighborhood (at the intersection of Ashland and Bryn Mawr avenues) this small park is 0.28 acres and it features a new soft surface playground. While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs at nearby Chase or Emmerson Parks.


Korczak Playlot
Address: 6156 N. Claremont Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60659
Park Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Park Supervisor: Michelle Baldwin (Green Briar Park)
Park Phone: 773.761.0582
Website: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Korczak-Playlot-Park/

This tiny playground is 0.28 acres and it is located in the West Ridge community (one block east of Western Avenue, 1 ½ blocks north of Peterson Avenue). The park district is working with local mosaic artist Cynthia Weiss to develop a commemorative gate for Korczak Park. The gate’s design will be based on the ideas of area school children who have studied Dr. Korczak’s life and teachings. While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered nearby at Green Briar Park.

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