Calumet Park

  • 9801 S. Avenue G   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Erin McGuire
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6039

Located in the Eastside community, Calumet Park totals 198.98 acres and features two gymnasiums, fitness center, Lake Shore Model Train exhibit, gymnastic center, sewing and upholstery studios, woodshop, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a beach, boat launch, an artificial soccer turf, picnic groves, playground, softball, football, and soccer fields. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, and multi-purpose rooms.

Calumet Beach offers beach goers a chance to escape the heat by enjoying the cool waters of Lake Michigan during the summer months. Beach season begins the Friday before Memorial weekend and ends on Labor Day. Beach hours during the season are from 11am - 7pm, unless otherwise posted.  Amenities include restrooms and food concessions.  There is an ADA accessible beach walk available.  Distance swimming at the beach is available from the south end of beach (10 yards north of Taylor Pier), and parallel to shore.  

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, gymnastics, sewing, woodshop, and dance. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Gymnastic Camp and Nature Camp.

In addition to programs, Calumet Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

History

Envisioned in 1903 as part of the South Park Commission's revolutionary neighborhood park system, Calumet Park developed slowly, and was not completed until the 1930s. The commission conceived the innovative parks to provide social services and breathing spaces to overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods. Landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers created plans for 14 new parks, however four were delayed, including Calumet Park. Opened in 1905, the first ten included Russell, Mark White, Davis, Armour, and Cornell Squares, and Bessemer, Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, and Hamilton Parks.

The commissioners acquired 40 acres to develop Calumet Park in 1904, but they decided to delay construction. The area's population began a period of rapid growth as European and Mexican immigrants settled in nearby South Chicago to work in the steel mills and railyards. Recognizing this population trend as well as the site's unique Lake Michigan frontage, the commissioners decided that Calumet Park should be much larger than they had originally planned. Initial temporary improvements allowed people to use the beach and some new playfields. Meanwhile, the commissioners began slowly enlarging the park through additional property acquisition and landfill. The park slowly evolved to nearly 200 acres in size. The South Park Commission constructed a monumental, classically-designed fieldhouse in 1924. After the commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, additional improvements were made, including substantial work on the park's infrastructure and landscape.

The park's name pays tribute to the Calumet region, which encompasses numerous south side community areas and comprises the basin of the Calumet River. The name Calumet comes from the Norman-French word for pipe, "chamulet." Early French explorers who traded with local Native Americans used the term in reference to their "peace pipes."

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Calumet Baseball

Calumet Baseball

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Basketball

Calumet Basketball

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Beach

Calumet Beach

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Notes: Distance swimming is available from the south end of beach (10 yards north of Taylor Pier), and parallel to shore.

Calumet Park - LaChapparitta

Calumet Park - LaChapparitta

Location: 9806 S. Ave. G

Location Notes: At the Beach House

Hours:

Phone: (773)787-3757

Calumet Park - LaChapparitta

Calumet Park - LaChapparitta

Location: 9807 S. Ave. G

Hours:

Phone: (773)787-3757

Calumet Park - Lucy

Calumet Park - Lucy

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)531-7710

Calumet Park - Ortega Balloons

Calumet Park - Ortega Balloons

Location: 9803 S. Ave. G

Hours:

Phone: (773)240-8396

Calumet Park - Salgado

Calumet Park - Salgado

Location: 9802 S. Ave. G

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773)754-5097

Calumet Park - Salgado (Cart)

Calumet Park - Salgado (Cart)

Hours:

Phone: (773)754-5097

Calumet Park - Salgado (Ice Cream Cart)

Calumet Park - Salgado (Ice Cream Cart)

Location: 9805 S. Ave. G

Hours:

Phone: (773)754-5097

Calumet Fieldhouse

Calumet Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

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Calumet Fishing Area

Calumet Fishing Area

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Fitness Center

Calumet Fitness Center

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Notes: M-Th, 9-9pm; Fri, 9-8pm; Sa, 9-4:30pm, Su, Closed. Sign up for a membership

Calumet Football/Soccer

Calumet Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Gymnasium

Calumet Gymnasium

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Gymnastic Center

Calumet Gymnastic Center

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Clubroom

Calumet Clubroom

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Picnic Grove

Calumet Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Playground

Calumet Playground

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Running Track

Calumet Running Track

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Tennis

Calumet Tennis

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Woodshop

Calumet Woodshop

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Calumet 98658InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$12.00
Arts & Crafts at Calumet 98659InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Baseball at Calumet 113925InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2015 to March 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$10.00
Baseball at Calumet 113926InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:45From January 10, 2015 to March 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$10.00
Basketball - 4 on 4 League at Calumet 113905Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 19Male2015/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2015 to March 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Calumet 98801OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$25.00
Basketball - Open at Calumet 98802OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$30.00
Basketball at Calumet 98901InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Basketball at Calumet 98902InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Basketball at Calumet 98903InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Conditioning at Calumet 99292InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 99576InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 99577InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 16:15From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$16.00
Floor Hockey at Calumet 114515InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Calumet 113906InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$5.00
Indoor Soccer at Calumet 99944InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 14Male2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Indoor Soccer at Calumet 99942InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$17.00
Indoor Soccer at Calumet 99945InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$10.00
Kiddie College at Calumet 100067InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1:30pm
$35.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Calumet 100346InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 20:15From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$10.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Calumet 113924InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$5.00
Music and Movement at Calumet 100491InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Needlework at Calumet 100534InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemale2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$25.00
Quilting at Calumet 101066InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemale2015/01/07 15:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Calumet 101259InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Sewing at Calumet 101376InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$10.00
Sewing at Calumet 101377InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/01/07 21:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$10.00
Sewing at Calumet 101380InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemale2015/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$12.00
Sewing at Calumet 101378InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles9 and upFemale2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$21.00
Sewing at Calumet 101379InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemale2015/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm
$12.00
Small Group Personal Training at Calumet 101405InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2015 to February 7, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Calumet 101406InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/21 17:30From February 21, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Soccer - Open at Calumet 99943OpenSports - Soccer18 and upMale2015/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$20.00
Soccer at Calumet 99946InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 14 but less than 18Male2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 99951InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 7Male2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 99949InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 9Male2015/01/07 02:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 99947InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 99950InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$10.00
Soccer at Calumet 99948InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$17.00
Tap & Ballet at Calumet 101606InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
Tap & Ballet at Calumet 101605InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Calumet 101840InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Calumet 101839InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Upholstery at Calumet 102085InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 5pm
$55.00
Volleyball at Calumet 102127InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Calumet 102128InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Calumet 102129InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/15 01:00From January 14, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$10.00
Volleyball League at Calumet 102174Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$100.00
Walking Club at Calumet 114074OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2015/01/05 14:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Woodcraft at Calumet 102226InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$10.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 102227InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 9am to 4:30pm
$60.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 102299InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$16.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 102298InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/10 15:15From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$16.00

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Located in the Eastside community, Calumet Park totals 198.98 acres and features two gymnasiums, fitness center, Lake Shore Model Train exhibit, gymnastic center, sewing and upholstery studios, woodshop, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a beach, boat launch, an artificial soccer turf, picnic groves, playground, softball, football, and soccer fields. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, and multi-purpose rooms.

Calumet Beach offers beach goers a chance to escape the heat by enjoying the cool waters of Lake Michigan during the summer months. Beach season begins the Friday before Memorial weekend and ends on Labor Day. Beach hours during the season are from 11am - 7pm, unless otherwise posted.  Amenities include restrooms and food concessions.  There is an ADA accessible beach walk available.  Distance swimming at the beach is available from the south end of beach (10 yards north of Taylor Pier), and parallel to shore.  

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, gymnastics, sewing, woodshop, and dance. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Gymnastic Camp and Nature Camp.

In addition to programs, Calumet Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

Envisioned in 1903 as part of the South Park Commission's revolutionary neighborhood park system, Calumet Park developed slowly, and was not completed until the 1930s. The commission conceived the innovative parks to provide social services and breathing spaces to overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods. Landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers created plans for 14 new parks, however four were delayed, including Calumet Park. Opened in 1905, the first ten included Russell, Mark White, Davis, Armour, and Cornell Squares, and Bessemer, Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, and Hamilton Parks.

The commissioners acquired 40 acres to develop Calumet Park in 1904, but they decided to delay construction. The area's population began a period of rapid growth as European and Mexican immigrants settled in nearby South Chicago to work in the steel mills and railyards. Recognizing this population trend as well as the site's unique Lake Michigan frontage, the commissioners decided that Calumet Park should be much larger than they had originally planned. Initial temporary improvements allowed people to use the beach and some new playfields. Meanwhile, the commissioners began slowly enlarging the park through additional property acquisition and landfill. The park slowly evolved to nearly 200 acres in size. The South Park Commission constructed a monumental, classically-designed fieldhouse in 1924. After the commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, additional improvements were made, including substantial work on the park's infrastructure and landscape.

The park's name pays tribute to the Calumet region, which encompasses numerous south side community areas and comprises the basin of the Calumet River. The name Calumet comes from the Norman-French word for pipe, "chamulet." Early French explorers who traded with local Native Americans used the term in reference to their "peace pipes."

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.