Chicago Park District
Calumet Park Chicago IL
 
Calumet Park Front Desk
 
Calumet Beach

Calumet Beach

 
Calumet Beach

Calumet Beach

 

Calumet Park

9801 S Avenue G Chicago, IL 60617

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm

Fieldhouse: M-F 9am - 9:30pm, Sa 9am - 5pm, Su Closed

Park Supervisor:
Erin McGuire

(312) 747-6039

 
 
 

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.

MAY
10
Star Party: National Astronomy Night at Calumet
Event's details
May 10, 2014

Time:07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
9801 S Avenue G Chicago, IL 60617


 
(07:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
 
MAY
10
Flower to the People!
Event's details
May 10, 2014

Time:10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9801 S Avenue G Chicago, IL 60617


 
(10:00 AM - 10:00 PM)
 
MAY
10
Get Movin - Fitness Boot Camp at Calumet
Event's details
May 10, 2014

Time:10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
9801 S Avenue G Chicago, IL 60617


 
(10:15 AM - 11:15 AM)
 
MAY
17
Get Movin - Running Clinic at Calumet
Event's details
May 17, 2014

Time:09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9801 S Avenue G Chicago, IL 60617


 
(09:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
 
 

CALUMET PARK AND CALUMET PARK GYMNASTIC CENTER

Gymnastic Center - (312) 747-7108

 

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Tuesday, February 25 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

Join us! 

 
 

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, Cart, 9801 S. Avenue G 1 Pedro Perez Retail - Lights, 2pm - 9pm, 773.614.0147
Concessions Calumet Park Beach House, 9801 S. Avenue G 1 Food & Beverage, 11am - 9pm, 773.787.3757
Concessions Calumet Playground Trailer, 9801 S. Avenue G 1 Food & Beverage, 11am - 9pm, 773.787.3757
Concessions Calumet Park, Cart, 9801 S. Avenue G 1 Food & Beverage, 11am - 8pm, 773.606.2811
Concessions Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G 1 Retail, 2pm - 9pm, 773.240.9877
Concessions Calumet Park Trailer, 9800 S. Avenue G 1 Food & Beverage, 12:30pm - 8pm, 773.754.5097
Concessions Calumet Park, Cart, 9801 S. Avenue G 1 Food & Beverage, 9am - 5pm, 773.754.5097
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 - Turf 9801 S. Avenue G 1
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.

 

 

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