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

Notes: Chicago Plays! Renovation, Spring 2015

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

Spring Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics Session I programs run the week of March 6 through the week of April 17.
Gymnastics Session II programs run the week of May 1 through the week of June 12.  

All other programs:
Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5. 

 

Summer Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics programs run the week of June 26 through the week of August 7.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning Tuesday, May 30.  Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Tuesday, June 13 at 9:00 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, June 17, if spots are still available*.
 
All other programs:
The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Register now,  see program list below.  
 
 
*Note:  Since gymnastics centers do 100% online registration, in-person registration is only available if all of the program slots don't fill online before the first day of in-person registration.  Check the program online to see if spots are still available.

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 195158InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/06/22 18:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$22.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Calumet 195311InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2017/07/03 19:00From July 3, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Calumet 195312InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/07/03 19:00From July 3, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Calumet 195346OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$34.00
Day Camp at Calumet 195599CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$195.00
Early Bird Camp at Calumet 195732CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$63.00
Gymnastics Camp 1 at Calumet Gymnastics 199778CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/26 17:30From June 26, 2017 to July 5, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$24.00
Gymnastics Camp 2 at Calumet Gymnastics 199784CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/07/10 17:30From July 10, 2017 to July 19, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$24.00
Gymnastics Camp 3 at Calumet Gymnastics 199790CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/07/24 17:30From July 24, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$24.00
Play Camp at Calumet 196802CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$56.00
Quilting at Calumet 196861InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemale2017/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3:30pm
$34.00
Quilting at Calumet 196862InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemale2017/06/24 14:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$18.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Calumet Gymnastics 199825InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 20:15From June 26, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$40.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Calumet Gymnastics 199826InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 20:15From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$36.00
Sewing at Calumet 196977InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/06/22 20:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$13.00
Sewing at Calumet 196978InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemale2017/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$13.00
Sewing at Calumet 196979InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upFemale2017/06/24 18:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$15.00
Soccer at Calumet 197019InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 13Male2017/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Soccer at Calumet 197021InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 15Male2017/06/20 22:30From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$20.00
Soccer at Calumet 197017InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Soccer at Calumet 197018InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/06/21 22:30From June 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$20.00
Soccer at Calumet 197022InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/24 14:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$13.00
Soccer at Calumet 197023InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/06/24 15:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$13.00
Soccer at Calumet 197020InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/06/24 16:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Tumbling Camp 1 at Calumet Gymnastics 199850CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/27 17:30From June 27, 2017 to July 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 7, 2017 from 12:30pm to 3pm
$24.00
Tumbling Camp 1 at Calumet Gymnastics 199850CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/27 17:30From June 27, 2017 to July 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 7, 2017 from 12:30pm to 3pm
$24.00
Tumbling Camp 2 at Calumet Gymnastics 199851CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/07/11 17:30From July 11, 2017 to July 20, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$24.00
Tumbling Camp 3 at Calumet Gymnastics 199852CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/07/25 17:30From July 25, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$24.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Calumet Gymnastics 199865InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 20:15From June 26, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$40.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Calumet Gymnastics 199864InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 20:15From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$36.00
Upholstery at Calumet 197572InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/06/23 14:30From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
$44.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 3+ at Calumet Gym 199905InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 11, 2017
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:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$197.00
USAG Team Tumbling at Calumet Gymnastics 199916InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 11am
Each Friday from 8am to 11am
$106.00
Woodcraft at Calumet 197616InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/06/20 13:00From June 20, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 4pm
Each Friday from 8am to 4pm
$65.00

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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.