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.

Parking/Directions

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Galewood Softball

Galewood Softball

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Descriptors: Softball

Galewood Basketball

Galewood Basketball

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Galewood Field House

Galewood Field House

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Hours: , , ,

Notes: Saturday: Open 1-5 pm for permitted events only.

Galewood Clubroom

Galewood Clubroom

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Galewood Playground

Galewood PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Galewood Volleyball

Galewood Volleyball

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Galewood Spray Pool

Galewood Spray Pool

Location Notes: 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration is on-going while spots are 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
Basketball at Galewood 89579InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/23 22:45From September 23, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$0
Chair Exercise at Galewood 89780InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 50 but less than 60Coed2014/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Galewood 110379InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2014/09/30 22:00From September 30, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Dance - Latin at Galewood 110378InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2014/10/02 22:00From October 2, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Family Club at Galewood 89943OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Game Room at Galewood 90158OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 5:30am to 6:30am
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Homework Time at Galewood 90251InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAnyCoed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
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
Kickboxing at Galewood 90336InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$35.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Galewood 91292InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Tap & Ballet at Galewood 89498InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Teen Club at Galewood 91426OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 00:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Galewood 91738CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2014/12/22 17:00From December 22, 2014 to December 30, 2014
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
$5.00
Zumba at Galewood 91822InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Zumba at Galewood 91821InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 16:00From September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$25.00

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Description

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.