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Ping Tom Memorial Park, Chicago

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Ping Tom Memorial Park is a 17.24-acre (6.98 ha) public urban park in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood, in South Side, Chicago. It is part of the Chicago Park District (CPD).

Located on the south bank of the Chicago River, the park is divided into three sections by a Santa Fe rail track and 18th Street. It was designed by Ernest C. Wong of Site Design Group and features a pagoda-style pavilion, bamboo gardens, and a playground. The park is named in honor of prominent Chinatown businessman and civic leader Ping Tom; a bronze bust of Tom is installed near the park's pavilion. Phase I was completed in 1999, and Phase II was completed in 2011. The fieldhouse was completed in 2013.

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  • Small and cute park in Chinatown, right by the Chicago Water Taxi station (which is a fun way to get from Chinatown to the downtown area). It is great to sit, relax and look at the river and the...  more »
  • This park along the Chicago River offers fine public art and great views of Chicago's vertical downtown from the south while also reminding you of the city's commercial prowess generated by its river....  more »
  • Nice place to sit along the river and take professional photos. Also of course so cool to catch the water taxi from too. You are seriously a lucky person to get parking nearby though.
  • Beautiful park that's nicely tucked away from the craziness of the city. Just to name a few things...There's multiple paths to walk, many places to sit by the river & benches along the walking paths, plenty of shade and sun, right next to the river- you can rent paddle boats, open areas for picnics or to play with the kids, & a nice playground area as well.

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