Chase Park - Chicago Park District
4701 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60640-3406
Price of admission: free
Website - 312-742-7518
Hours of Operations: sunrise until sundown
Located in the Uptown neighborhood, Chase Park attracts a number of youth to its after-school program during the school year and to its outdoor pool in the summer months. Adults participate in men’s, women’s and mixed basketball leagues ranging from competitive to strictly recreational. Throughout the year, the park offers indoor soccer, volleyball and softball leagues for adults, as well as a step aerobics class.
Chase Park holds seasonal play productions in its auditorium and continues to expand the talent of its community theatre group through open auditions. Previous productions have included “Life is a Dream,” “Hamlet,” “Summer Brave” and “Romeo & Juliet.” Chase Park Theatre was honored by the Illinois Theatre Association to receive the 2007 Service Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Community Theatre Division.
In 2007, they initiated The Young Actors program, a series of literature-based productions by, for, and about young people. Play selection is done by the ensemble, in consultation with director Karen Fort. These are fully staged, full productions. All performances are open to the public, and they encourage participation by youth age 10+, with a special focus on teens and high school-age youth.
Neighborhood parents gather at the park to participate in Moms, Pops and Tots and play groups for preschoolers. Others get involved as coaches for growing Saturday sports programs such as youth soccer, bitty basketball and t-ball.
Chase Park contains a 1/5-mile, four-lane, rubberized-surface running track, two baseball fields, one football/soccer field, four tennis courts and a large playground area.
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