Galewood Park

  • 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60639 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Monique Young-Johnson
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5089

Located in the Austin community (two blocks north of North Avenue, mid-way between Central and Austin Avenues), Galewood Park’s small fieldhouse sits on slightly more than two acres. Outdoors, the park offers a quarter-mile walking path, two softball fields, a combination football-soccer field, a repaved picnic or party area, two basketball courts, a volleyball court, plus a soft-surface playground with a spray feature.

Galewood Park provides a Game Room, and various dance classes for all ages. Recreation also includes Teen Club, Senior Citizens Club, adult kickboxing and step aerobics classes. The majority of programs at Galewood Park are geared to youth (ages 6-12), such as: tumbling, Sports Club, Kids’ Fitness, Homework Time, and Spring Drop-in Camp.

In the summer, youth and young teens can participate in Day Camp, Teen Leadership Camp, Dance Camp, as well as basketball instruction/league.

And, of course, Galewood Park opens its door to the community for its annual Halloween party.

We invite you to stop by Galewood Park and check out the offerings!

History

Galewood Park serves the neighborhood known for many years by that name. The community was named for Abram Gale (1795-1889), whose land was subdivided in 1870 to form the suburb of Galewood. Having arrived from New York City in 1835, Gale purchased 320 acres in the Town of Jefferson in 1837, and began to build a house there. "I brought all my household goods along," he said, "and among them was a Chickering piano, the second ever made. It was the first and only one in the village for a good many years, and it was a great card for me. The Indians would walk around the house mysteriously whenever my daughter played on it, staring in wonderment at the strange sounds." Gale also said that when he arrived he was installed at once as a member of the fire company. He went on to say "Every man was armed with two buckets, and we would all stand in a line with one end of the line at the lake and the other at the fire, and we would pass the buckets along." When one of his neighbors tried to take his land, Gale dug a ditch all around his claim. Gale's heavily-wooded property proved hard to plow. He eventually quit farming, and the hamlet of Galewood emerged there. The park's creation dates to the 1920s, when the North Austin Manor Neighborhood Club purchased the property and began developing a playground and ball fields there. In 1925, the neighborhood club petitioned the Northwest Park District, one of 22 park commissions later consolidated into the Chicago Park District, to take over the site. Two years later, the Northwest Park District purchased the parkland, along with adjoining property. After the Chicago Park District took over in 1934, it installed recreational facilities including an ice skating rink and a small fieldhouse.

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Galewood Softball

Galewood Softball

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Galewood Basketball

Galewood Basketball

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Galewood Field House

Galewood Field House

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Hours: , , ,

Galewood Clubroom

Galewood Clubroom

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Galewood Playground

Galewood PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Galewood Volleyball

Galewood Volleyball

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Galewood Spray Pool

Galewood Spray Pool

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

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 Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 22, 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
Basketball - Open at Galewood 154430OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to September 1, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Basketball at Galewood 154456InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 12Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$4.00
Basketball League at Galewood 154493Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 15Coed2016/06/22 22:30From June 22, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$17.00
Day Camp at Galewood 154615CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$188.00
Early Bird Camp at Galewood 154705CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$12.00
Extended Camp at Galewood 154742CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 20:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$62.00
Game Room at Galewood 154843OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 15, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Teen Camp at Galewood 155684CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$72.00

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Located in the Austin community (two blocks north of North Avenue, mid-way between Central and Austin Avenues), Galewood Park’s small fieldhouse sits on slightly more than two acres. Outdoors, the park offers a quarter-mile walking path, two softball fields, a combination football-soccer field, a repaved picnic or party area, two basketball courts, a volleyball court, plus a soft-surface playground with a spray feature.

Galewood Park provides a Game Room, and various dance classes for all ages. Recreation also includes Teen Club, Senior Citizens Club, adult kickboxing and step aerobics classes. The majority of programs at Galewood Park are geared to youth (ages 6-12), such as: tumbling, Sports Club, Kids’ Fitness, Homework Time, and Spring Drop-in Camp.

In the summer, youth and young teens can participate in Day Camp, Teen Leadership Camp, Dance Camp, as well as basketball instruction/league.

And, of course, Galewood Park opens its door to the community for its annual Halloween party.

We invite you to stop by Galewood Park and check out the offerings!

Galewood Park serves the neighborhood known for many years by that name. The community was named for Abram Gale (1795-1889), whose land was subdivided in 1870 to form the suburb of Galewood. Having arrived from New York City in 1835, Gale purchased 320 acres in the Town of Jefferson in 1837, and began to build a house there. "I brought all my household goods along," he said, "and among them was a Chickering piano, the second ever made. It was the first and only one in the village for a good many years, and it was a great card for me. The Indians would walk around the house mysteriously whenever my daughter played on it, staring in wonderment at the strange sounds." Gale also said that when he arrived he was installed at once as a member of the fire company. He went on to say "Every man was armed with two buckets, and we would all stand in a line with one end of the line at the lake and the other at the fire, and we would pass the buckets along." When one of his neighbors tried to take his land, Gale dug a ditch all around his claim. Gale's heavily-wooded property proved hard to plow. He eventually quit farming, and the hamlet of Galewood emerged there. The park's creation dates to the 1920s, when the North Austin Manor Neighborhood Club purchased the property and began developing a playground and ball fields there. In 1925, the neighborhood club petitioned the Northwest Park District, one of 22 park commissions later consolidated into the Chicago Park District, to take over the site. Two years later, the Northwest Park District purchased the parkland, along with adjoining property. After the Chicago Park District took over in 1934, it installed recreational facilities including an ice skating rink and a small fieldhouse.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.