Calumet Park

  • 9801 S. Avenue G   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
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  • 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

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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

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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 105146InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Calumet 105147InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/03/30 22:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Basketball - Open at Calumet 105218OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Calumet 105219OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$31.00
Basketball at Calumet 105924InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/03/30 23:15From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$16.00
Conditioning at Calumet 105630InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$6.00
Conditioning at Calumet 105631InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 105862InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 105864InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/11 15:15From April 11, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$17.00
Floor Hockey at Calumet 105766InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Kiddie College at Calumet 106299InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1:30pm
$36.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Calumet 106575InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 19:15From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$11.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Calumet 104807InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$11.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Calumet 107058InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/03/30 18:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$6.00
Music and Movement at Calumet 106721InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$11.00
Music and Movement at Calumet 106722InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Needlework at Calumet 106765InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$26.00
Quilting at Calumet 107104InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/04/01 14:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$31.00
Seasonal Sports at Calumet 129478InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/03/31 22:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Calumet 129479InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 15 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Calumet 107303InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 17Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Sewing at Calumet 107403InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$11.00
Sewing at Calumet 107405InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/01 20:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$11.00
Sewing at Calumet 107404InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/04/02 22:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$13.00
Sewing at Calumet 107402InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles9 and upFemale2015/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$22.00
Sewing at Calumet 107406InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm
$13.00
Small Group Personal Training at Calumet 107422InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/09 16:30From May 9, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$26.00
Soccer - Open at Calumet 106909OpenSports - Soccer18 and upMale2015/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$21.00
Soccer at Calumet 106907InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 14Male2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Soccer at Calumet 106908InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 14 but less than 18Male2015/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$18.00
Soccer at Calumet 106906InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 7Male2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$18.00
Soccer at Calumet 106910InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Soccer at Calumet 106913InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$11.00
Soccer at Calumet 106914InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$11.00
Soccer at Calumet 106912InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/04/04 15:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$18.00
Soccer at Calumet 106911InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$18.00
Teen Club at Calumet 104808OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Calumet 107809OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 15 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Track & Field at Calumet 108179InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Track & Field at Calumet 108178InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$11.00
Upholstery at Calumet 108246InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 5pm
$56.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 108360InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$11.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 108359InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
$61.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 108423InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 108424InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/04 14:15From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$17.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Calumet 131743InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/06/30 20:30From June 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Calumet 131744InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/06/30 21:30From June 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Calumet 118117OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/17 23:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$31.00
Conditioning at Calumet 118288InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 00:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$17.00
Day Camp at Calumet 118355CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$177.00
Early Bird Camp at Calumet 118488CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$59.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 118995InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 118997InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/20 15:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, August 1, 2015
$17.00
Nature Camp at Calumet 119743CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$51.00
Needlework at Calumet 119748InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/06/18 18:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$26.00
Play Camp at Calumet 120828CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$52.00
Quilting at Calumet 120887InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemale2015/06/23 14:00From June 23, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$31.00
Sewing at Calumet 120981InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 20:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$11.00
Sewing at Calumet 120983InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/06/11 21:30From June 11, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 9pm
$13.00
Sewing at Calumet 120982InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles9 and upFemale2015/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$22.00
Sewing at Calumet 120984InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/06/20 17:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm
$13.00
Small Group Personal Training at Calumet 120991InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/20 16:30From June 20, 2015 to July 18, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Calumet 120992InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/25 16:30From July 25, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, August 1, 2015
$26.00
Soccer at Calumet 121027InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 13Male2015/06/23 21:00From June 23, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Soccer at Calumet 121030InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 15Male2015/06/16 22:30From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$18.00
Soccer at Calumet 121025InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/06/17 21:00From June 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Soccer at Calumet 121026InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/06/24 22:30From June 24, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$18.00
Soccer at Calumet 121031InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/20 14:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$11.00
Soccer at Calumet 121032InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/20 15:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$11.00
Soccer at Calumet 121029InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/06/20 16:30From June 20, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$18.00
Upholstery at Calumet 121444InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/06/19 17:30From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$41.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 121495InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 21:00From June 16, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$11.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 121496InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
$61.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 121554InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/15 23:15From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 121553InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/20 14:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, August 1, 2015
$17.00

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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.