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Sherman Park
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Sixty-acre Sherman Park is one of the largest of the ten new neighborhood parks that opened in 1905, designed by D. H. Burnham and Company in collaboration with the landscape architecture firm of the Olmsted Brothers. It is located just west of Racine Avenue between 52nd Street and Garfield Boulevard, a few blocks south of the site of the Union Stock Yard. Burnham's firm did some of its best work of this kind on the Sherman Park gymnasium and fieldhouse. The park was named after Burnham's father-in-law, John B. Sherman, who died in 1902. Sherman was one of the founders of the Union Stock Yard, which opened in 1865, as well as a long-time member of the South Park Commission, which he also served as president.