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Union Park

1501 W Randolph St,
Chicago, IL 60606

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Located in the Near West Community Area, Union Park totals 13.77 acres. The city created Union Park in 1853, after residents convinced developers to sell 13 acres of their subdivision at a reduced price. Named in honor of the Federal Union, it was one of the city’s most fashionable places.

In 1885, the city transferred Union Park to the West Park Commission, which made the park its headquarters. Three years later, Jens Jensen, then working as gardener, planted an experimental wildflower garden called the American Garden, marking the beginnings of his venerable naturalistic style.

Between the 1920s and the 1950s, the park became well-known for cultural and social events, and a number of notable musicians performed there. Among them were the noted pioneer of gospel music Thomas A. Dorsey; trumpeter Sunny Cohn; and jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis.

Getting to Union Park

Located steps away from the Ashland CTA Green and Pink Line L Stop. Union Park is also accessible from the Ashland #9 CTA buses. For more info on getting to the fest, visit transitchicago.com

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