In 1869, more than 1,000 acres of land just south of Chicago for a were established to be a large park with boulevards that would connect it with downtown and the West Park System. Originally called South Park, it's now composed of Jackson and Washington Parks and the Midway Plaisance. It was renamed in 1881 to honor George Washington.
You'll find basketball and tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, soccer and football fields, two field houses, a pool, spray pools and a natatorium. The administrative building houses DuSable Museum of African-American History.