Calumet Park

  • 9801 S. Avenue G   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Demitrice Seaton
  • 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.

Ark

Ark (1)

Location Notes: Calumet Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Bas-Relief Panels

Bas-Relief Panels (1)

Location Notes: Exterior facade of field house

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

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 - Lucy

Calumet Park - Lucy

Location: 9801 S. Avenue G

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)531-7710

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Calumet Park - Morelos Tacos

Calumet Park - Morelos Tacos

Location: 9806 S. Ave. G

Location Notes: at the Beach House

Hours:

Phone: (773) 787-3757

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Calumet Park - Morelos Tacos

Calumet Park - Morelos Tacos

Location: 9807 S. Ave. G

Hours:

Phone: (773) 787-3757

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Calumet Park - Ortega Balloons

Calumet Park - Ortega Balloons

Location: 9803 S. Ave. G

Hours:

Phone: (773)240-8396

Descriptors: Retail

Calumet Park - Salgado

Calumet Park - Salgado

Location: 9802 S. Ave. G

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773)754-5097

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Calumet Park - Tacqueria Los Pilares

Calumet Park - Tacqueria Los Pilares

Location: 9807 S. Ave. G

Hours:

Phone: (773) 988-8876

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Calumet Fieldhouse

Calumet Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Hours: ,

Calumet Fishing Area

Calumet Fishing Area

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Calumet Fitness Center

Calumet Fitness Center

Hours: , , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Calumet Football/Soccer

Calumet Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 9801 S. Avenue G

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

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 PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

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

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Alterations at Calumet 157322InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/06/23 18:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$21.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Calumet 156110InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/07/06 19:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Calumet 156109InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2016/07/06 20:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Calumet 156147OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$32.00
Day Camp at Calumet 156385CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$186.00
Early Bird Camp at Calumet 156515CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$60.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet 156742InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$18.00
Flag Football at Calumet 159499InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 21:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Floor Hockey at Calumet 159498InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 21:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Gymnastics Camp 2 at Calumet Gymnastics 156801CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/07/18 17:30From July 18, 2016 to July 27, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$23.00
Gymnastics Camp 3 at Calumet Gymnastics 156805CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/08/01 17:30From August 1, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$23.00
Nature Camp at Calumet 157318CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$52.00
Play Camp at Calumet 157450CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$53.00
Quilting at Calumet 158050InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/06/28 14:00From June 28, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$32.00
Quilting at Calumet 158148InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/06/25 14:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$17.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Calumet Gymnastics 158055InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 20:15From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$36.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Calumet Gymnastics 159407InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 20:15From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$40.00
Sewing at Calumet 158147InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Sewing at Calumet Cancelled160084InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles8 and upCoed2016/06/22 20:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$6.00
Sewing at Calumet 160085InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles8 and upCoed2016/06/23 20:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$6.00
Sewing at Calumet 158149InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$12.00
Sewing at Calumet 158150InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/06/25 17:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 4pm
$14.00
Soccer at Calumet 158182InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 13Male2016/06/28 21:00From June 28, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$19.00
Soccer at Calumet 158184InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 15Male2016/06/21 22:30From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$19.00
Soccer at Calumet 158180InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/06/22 21:00From June 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$19.00
Soccer at Calumet 158181InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/29 22:30From June 29, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$19.00
Soccer at Calumet 158185InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/06/25 14:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$12.00
Soccer at Calumet 158186InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/06/25 15:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$12.00
Soccer at Calumet 158183InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/06/25 16:30From June 25, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$19.00
Tumbling Camp 2 at Calumet Gymnastics 158601CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/07/19 17:30From July 19, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$23.00
Tumbling Camp 3 at Calumet Gymnastics 158602CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/08/02 17:30From August 2, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$23.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Calumet Gymnastics 159408InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 20:15From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$36.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Calumet Gymnastics 158607InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 20:15From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$40.00
Upholstery at Calumet 158628InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/06/24 17:30From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$42.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 3+ at Calumet Gym 158638InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Female2016/06/27 13:00From June 27, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 8am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 8am to Noon
Each Thursday from 8am to Noon
Each Friday from 8am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$182.00
USAG Team Tumbling at Calumet Gymnastics 158645InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/06/27 13:00From June 27, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 11am
Each Friday from 8am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$97.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 158681InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$12.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 158682InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
$62.00
Yoga/Pilates at Calumet 158730InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:15From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00

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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.

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.