Reavis Elementary students Nia Brown, 13, Devon Broughton, 13 and Ariel Duncan, 14, have their putts judged by Cole Hyland. Credit: Jean Lachat/Sun-Times

The Chicago Park District also has driving ranges at Jackson Park and near the lake at Diversey, but Marquette Park is the only one with natural-grass tees. The range is tucked away on an island encircled by a lagoon, just east of Kedzie. Its concealed location means you won’t have to wait for a tee. There are 30 in all, and general manager Adam Piratzky says they never fill up, in part because “no one knows about us.” There’s also a green to pitch to, a chipping green with a bunker, and a full-size putting green. A bucket of about a hundred balls is $9, and every bucket after that is $5. For those who want to play as well as practice, a round on Marquette’s nine-hole course is $17 on weekdays and $19 on weekends ($5 less with the Park District’s player’s advantage card).