To find Ping Tom Memorial Park, which can be tricky. In fact, most Chicagoans couldn't point it on a map. Take a water taxi since Chinatown is a stop and it lets you out at Ping Tom Memorial Park. If you're driving or walking, cross the railroad tracks at W.19th Street, turn right on S. Wells Street and continue onto China Place (it's behind Chinatown Square). The entrance (and exit) to the park can sometimes get blocked by trains on the railroad tracks that run across the entrance and you may be waiting a good 20 minutes for the trains to pass. Named after Ping Tom, a Chinese American businessman and civic leader who was a driving force behind this park, it's a beautiful, quiet park. A Pagoda serves as the centerpiece and a circular playground makes it easy for parents to keep a watchful eye over their children.
300 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60616
Map / Directions
Parks: "Opt for a water taxi rather than driving for a more scenic view."
Best for Parks Because: Ping Tom Memorial Park is a well-hidden park in the heart of Chinatown. A beautiful space to enjoy the Chicago River.