Where: Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. (312) 328-0821 Click on links below to register.
About the Park
Opened to the public in 2000, Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens honors the contributions that women have made to the city throughout its history. The park provides a quite respite in the Near South Side community area. It is located within the Prairie Avenue Historic District, and nestled between two house museums— the Widow Clarke House and the Glessner House.The park’s field house includes:
- an indoor playground
- two clubrooms
- a café
- the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Art Museum, which operates out of the third floor of the building.
- The park includes a monument to Jane Addams (1860 – 1935), Chicago’s famous social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeios (1911 – 2010) created the artwork, which was first dedicated on the city’s lakefront in 1996. The sculpture was commissioned by the B.F. Ferguson Fund of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- The monument, which is also known as “Helping Hands,” recognizes the humanity of Addams’ efforts, as well as the large number of people she helped.