New rec center coming to Addams/Medill
October 6, 2017

Addams/Medill Park at 1301 W. 14th St. soon will be the site of a major new facility, the Exelon Student Recreation Center. Development costs for the 100,000 square foot multi-purpose indoor recreation center and its outdoor area will total $25 million.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the facility will “provide Near West Side residents with a community anchor for recreation and leisure.” Emmanuel added that the development aligns with the vision famed architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham had for Chicago.

The recreation center is part of the City’s Building on Burnham plan, which seeks to expand the Chicago park system by adding 750 acres of new parkland, 327 new playgrounds, and more than $800 million in capital investment from neighborhoods and private sources.

The plan emphasizes the importance of parks, the Chicago River, the lakefront, and other natural areas.

When finished, the Exelon Student Recreation Center and the area outside it will include basketball courts, an indoor track, several multi-purpose community rooms, a baseball field, an artificial turf field, and a walking path. The facility will host athletic league programs and competitions for young adults and youth with a focus on baseball, football, lacrosse, and soccer.

Exelon and the Inner City Education and Recreation Foundation donated $3 million and $5 million respectively.

Alderman Danny Solis (25th Ward) said, “A facility like this with the capacity to host many events and activities for people of all ages will be immensely beneficial.”

For more information, call (312) 746-5086.

—Jake Ekdahl