Galewood Park

  • 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60639 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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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.

Parking/Directions

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

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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 2017.

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 202345OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:45From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$0
Boot Camp at Galewood 202555InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 00:00From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$37.00
Chair Exercise at Galewood 202607InstructionWellness - Fitness50 and upCoed2017/09/15 17:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$0
Family Club at Galewood 202813OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs6 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Game Room at Galewood 203022OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Homework Time at Galewood 203118InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAnyCoed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Galewood 203926InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at Galewood 204315OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Galewood 225678InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/09/26 16:00From September 26, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Winter Break Camp at Galewood 204672CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2017/12/22 17:00From December 22, 2017 to December 28, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to 4pm
$11.00
Zumba at Galewood 204801InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 16:30From September 13, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$29.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Galewood 209136InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2018/01/10 00:45From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$0
Chair Exercise at Galewood 209359InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Family Club at Galewood 209531OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2018/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Game Room at Galewood 209692OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Homework Time at Galewood 209779InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAnyCoed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Galewood 210514InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2018/01/11 23:45From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$0
Tap & Ballet at Galewood 210807InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4y 8m but less than 8Coed2018/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:50pm
$20.00
Teen Club at Galewood 210871OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance at Galewood 226759InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 5Coed2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Tiny Tot Dance at Galewood 226760InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 5Coed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Zumba at Galewood 211235InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$29.00
Zumba at Galewood 209307InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$37.00

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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.