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Columbus Park Refectory

Address

5701 W. Jackson Blvd.

Neighborhood

Austin

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: Closed

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Chatten & Hammond, 1923

Description

Designed by the renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen, Columbus Park was officially opened by Chicago's West Park Commission in 1920, part of a major effort to create additional neighborhood parks to serve the tremendous growth in Chicago's population. The Columbus Park Refectory is one of the more spectacular park structures anywhere in the city, presiding over a landscape of water, woods and a public 9-hole golf course. The Spanish-influenced architecture features ornate terra cotta ornamentation, a grand porch, arched entryways and three porticos flooded with sunlight. The large Dance Hall is a favorite for weddings, concerts and special events, with magnificent windows overlooking Jensen’s lagoon.

Visitor Experience

Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of the refectory, a popular event venue that is not normally open to the public.