South Lakeview Park is located in Lakeview at the intersection of Lakewood and Wolfram just one block north of Diversey and one block east of Southport. Nestled north of a cul-de-sac right off of the commercial district of Lincoln Ave, our park is a small but active place for the community and neighborhood frequently visited by various age groups because aspects of the park appeal to everyone. We are one of the few parks with a basketball court, a sitting area for adults to read, a playground for kids to explore, and events running Spring, Summer, and Fall. We are most known for our blue turf and our Tuesday’s in the Park summer series that incorporates live musical entertainment and activities for children.
In the mid-1960s, the South Lakeview Neighbors Association began to push for a playground in their crowded community. In 1966, the Chicago Park District agreed to create a new park at the corner of North Lakewood Avenue and West Wolfram Street. Using both city Park Improvement Bond funds and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funds, the park district purchased the property two years later. Before long, the new park was equipped with basketball and volleyball courts, playground apparatus, a sand box, and a spray pool. In 1969, the park district recognized residents’ efforts by naming the site South Lakeview Park. Subsequent improvements include a 1993 playground rehabilitation.