Calumet Park

  • 9801 S. Avenue G   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Erin McGuire
  • 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: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Basketball

Calumet Basketball

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Beach

Calumet Beach

Location: 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

Calumet Park - LaChapparitta

Calumet Park - LaChapparitta

Location: 9807 S. Ave. G

Calumet Park - Lucy

Calumet Park - Lucy

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Park - Ortega Balloons

Calumet Park - Ortega Balloons

Location: 9803 S. Ave. G

Calumet Park - Salgado

Calumet Park - Salgado

Location: 9802 S. Ave. G

Calumet Park - Salgado (Cart)

Calumet Park - Salgado (Cart)

Location: Calumet Park, Cart, 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Park - Salgado (Ice Cream Cart)

Calumet Park - Salgado (Ice Cream Cart)

Location: 9805 S. Ave. G

Calumet Fieldhouse

Calumet Fieldhouse

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Fishing Area

Calumet Fishing Area

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Fitness Center

Calumet Fitness Center

Location: 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: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Gymnasium

Calumet Gymnasium

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Gymnastic Center

Calumet Gymnastic Center

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Clubroom

Calumet Clubroom

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Picnic Grove

Calumet Picnic Grove

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Playground

Calumet Playground

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Running Track

Calumet Running Track

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Tennis

Calumet Tennis

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Woodshop

Calumet Woodshop

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Events

AUG
16

Family Camping at Calumet

Location: Calumet Park, Chicago, IL  IL

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Calumet 83333InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 7CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Free
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Calumet 86003InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Calumet 82013OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$30.00
Basketball at Calumet 82061InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Basketball at Calumet 82062InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 15CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Beach Workouts - Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 89026InstructionWellness - Fitness16 and upCoedFrom August 9, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$20.00
Beach Workouts - Yoga at Calumet 89036InstructionWellness - Yoga16 and upCoedFrom August 9, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$20.00
Conditioning at Calumet 82508InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Conditioning at Calumet 82509InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Day Camp at Calumet 82219CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$174.00
Early Bird Camp at Calumet 82347CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$58.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 82504InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 82505InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 82510InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$16.00
Fun and Games at Calumet 86004InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$10.00
Nature Camp at Calumet 83029CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$50.00
Needlework at Calumet 87214InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$25.00
Play Camp at Calumet 83109CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$51.00
Quilting at Calumet 83171InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemaleFrom June 24, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Sewing at Calumet 83237InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 8 but less than 18CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$10.00
Sewing at Calumet 83239InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoedFrom June 12, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 9pm
$12.00
Sewing at Calumet 83238InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles9 and upFemaleFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$21.00
Sewing at Calumet 83240InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoedFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm
$12.00
Small Group Personal Training at Calumet 82511InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom July 26, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Soccer at Calumet 83258InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13MaleFrom June 24, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 83261InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 16MaleFrom June 17, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 87213InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 83256InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 11, 2014
July 11, 2014
Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 11, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 4pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 83256InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 11, 2014
July 11, 2014
Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 11, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 4pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 83256InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 11, 2014
July 11, 2014
Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 11, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 11, 2014 from 4pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 83257InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 83259InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 16FemaleFrom June 18, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$17.00
Soccer at Calumet 83262InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 12, 2014
$10.00
Soccer at Calumet 87212InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$10.00
Soccer at Calumet 83260InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13FemaleFrom June 21, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 12, 2014
$17.00
Upholstery at Calumet 83603InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoedFrom June 20, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$40.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 83639InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 18CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 83640InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
$60.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 87463InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$16.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 82506InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$16.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Calumet 92039InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$12.00
Basketball - Open at Calumet 92190OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Calumet 92191OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$25.00
Conditioning at Calumet 92602InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Family Open Gym at Calumet 111230OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$5.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 92834InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 92836InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$16.00
Flag Football at Calumet 92872InstructionSports - FootballAt least 15 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Calumet 93340InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13MaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$17.00
Indoor Soccer at Calumet 93336InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 16 but less than 19MaleFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$17.00
Indoor Soccer at Calumet 93337InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$10.00
Kiddie College at Calumet 93477InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1:30pm
$35.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Calumet 93747InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$10.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Calumet 94202InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$5.00
Music and Movement at Calumet 93895InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$10.00
Needlework at Calumet 93924InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$25.00
Quilting at Calumet 94250InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemaleFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Calumet 94340InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Sewing at Calumet 94498InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$10.00
Sewing at Calumet 94501InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$12.00
Sewing at Calumet 94499InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles9 and upFemaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$21.00
Sewing at Calumet 94500InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm
$12.00
Small Group Personal Training at Calumet 94518InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Calumet 94519InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 1, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Calumet 95100InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Calumet 95099InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Upholstery at Calumet 95359InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
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 95383InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$10.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 95503InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$10.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 95504InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 9am to 4:30pm
$60.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 95580InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$16.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 95582InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$16.00

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Description

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.

AUG
16

Family Camping at Calumet

Location: Calumet Park, Chicago, IL  IL

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 9801 S. Avenue G 11
Basketball Court - Outdoor 9801 S. Avenue G 1
Beach 9801 S. Avenue G 1 Distance swimming is available from the south end of beach (10 yards north of Taylor Pier), and parallel to shore.
Concessions Calumet Park Beach House, 9801 S. Avenue G 0
Concessions Calumet Playground Trailer, 9801 S. Avenue G 0
Concessions Calumet Park, Cart, 9801 S. Avenue G 0
Concessions Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G 0
Concessions Calumet Park Trailer, 9800 S. Avenue G 0
Concessions Calumet Park, Cart, 9801 S. Avenue G 0
Concessions 0
Fieldhouse 9801 S. Avenue G 0
Fishing Areas 9801 S. Avenue G 1
Fitness Centers 9801 S. Avenue G 1 M-Th, 9-9pm; Fri, 9-8pm; Sa, 9-4:30pm, Su, Closed. Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 9801 S. Avenue G 0
Gymnasiums 9801 S. Avenue G 2
Gymnastics Centers 9801 S. Avenue G 1
Meeting/Event Space 9801 S. Avenue G 6
Picnic Groves 9801 S. Avenue G 10
Playgrounds 9801 S. Avenue G 1
Running Tracks 9801 S. Avenue G 1
Tennis Courts 9801 S. Avenue G 8
Woodshops 9801 S. Avenue G 1

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.