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.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 6, 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 at Galewood 177302InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/11 23:00From April 11, 2017 to June 20, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
$0
Boot Camp at Galewood 177930InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:45From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$33.00
Chair Exercise at Galewood 178010InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:30From April 7, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Drop-in at Galewood 176817InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 16:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 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
$13.00
Family Club at Galewood 176872OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Flag Football at Galewood 177452InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 22, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Homework Time at Galewood 176804InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAnyCoed2017/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Mommy and Me Ballet at Galewood 175989InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Music and Movement at Galewood 175971InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/04/04 22:50From April 4, 2017 to May 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:50pm to 6:40pm
$0
Table Games at Galewood 177009OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoed2017/04/06 21:45From April 6, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Tap & Ballet at Galewood 176023InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:50pm
$20.00
Teen Club at Galewood 176884OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/13 23:00From April 13, 2017 to May 18, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Zumba at Galewood 177986InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 16:30From April 7, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00

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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.