In 1931, the park district purchased property in the southwest corner of the district, built a one-story brick fieldhouse designed by Clarence Hatzfeld, and designated the new park Chippewa.
|The five-room fieldhouse, including a kitchen, sits on 3.26 acres with a new "ChicagoPlays!" playground, and a water spray feature.|
|Looking NW at the Chippewa Park Fieldhouse on Sacramento Avenue, with Pratt Boulevard just to the right, but out of the picture. (March 30, 1936)|
The name Chippewa is an adaption of the word Ojibway, "to roast till puckered up," a reference to the puckered seams of their moccasins.
Today, the park offers Interaction for toddlers. Classes for preschoolers include Early Childhood Recreation, as well as Playschool Activities.
|Don't forget to feed the Bunnies!|
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.
I grew up ten blocks south, but I'm not sure I even knew that this little gem was there. I was much more familiar with Indian Boundary. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Yes, used to go to Indian Boundary a lot on lunch. Don't think I've ever been to Chippewa. Gorgeous field house!ReplyDelete
i loved indian boundary park, but chippewa was in my direct neighborhood and went there all the tine. love the memories.ReplyDelete
Ooh. Thanks also for the history of the Chippewa name.ReplyDelete