Garfield Park

  • 100 N. Central Park Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60624 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jim Hobson
  • Phone: (312) 746-5092

Located in the East Garfield Park Community, Garfield Park totals 184.72 acres and features the Golden Dome field house. The building features a gymnasium, auditorium, dance studio, fitness center, boxing center, grand ballroom and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers swimming pool, baseball fields, athletic fields for football or soccer, a fishing lagoon, tennis courts and converted tennis courts for bicycle polo and in-line skating, playgrounds and floral gardens. The park sits adjacent to the Garfield Park Conservatory, a popular destination for special events and the vast array of flower shows.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as wedding receptions in the grand ball room.

Park-goers can play baseball, basketball or tennis at the facility. On the cultural side, Garfield Park offers many partnerships with groups like the Najwa Dance group and Chicago West Music Center where Suzuki violin in taught to children as young as 3 years of age. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Garfield Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park, Black History festivals and Halloween activities.

History

In 1869, the Illinois state legislature established the West Park Commission, which was responsible for three large parks and interlinking boulevards. The centerpiece of the system, the 185-acre Central Park, was renamed to honor President James A. Garfield (1831- 1881) after his assassination in 1881. Plans for the entire ensemble of Humboldt, Garfield and Douglas Park had been completed ten years earlier, by William Le Baron Jenney, best known today as the father of the skyscraper. As ambitious plans could not be realized all at once, Garfield Park developed in stages, beginning with the east lagoon.

Jens Jensen, a Danish immigrant who had begun as a laborer for the West Park System in the 1880s, worked his way up to Superintendent of Humboldt Park a decade later. At that time, the West Park System was entrenched in political graft. In 1900, the commissioners fired Jensen because of his efforts to fight the corruption. Five years later, during major political reforms, new commissioners appointed him General Superintendent and Chief Landscape Architect. Deteriorating and unfinished sections of the parks allowed Jensen to experiment with his evolving Prairie style. For instance, when he took over, each of the three parks had a small, poorly maintained conservatory. Rather than repairing these structures, which each displayed similar collections, Jensen decided to replace them with a single centralized facility. Designed in conjuction with an engineering firm, Hitchings and Company, Jensen conceived the Garfield Park Conservatory as a work of landscape gardening under glass. Considered revolutionary when it opened to the public in 1908, the form of the building emulated a "great Midwestern haystack," while inside the rooms were wonderful compositions of water, rock, and plants.

In 1928, the West Park Commission constructed the "Gold Dome Building" in Garfield Park to provide a new administrative headquarters for the West Park Commission. The structure was designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, who were also responsible for other notable buildings including the Humboldt, Douglas and LaFolette Park Fieldhouses, and the On Leong Chinese Merchant's Association Building in Chinatown. In 1934, Garfield Park became part of the Chicago Park District, when the city's 22 independent park commissions merged into a single citywide agency. At that time, the adminstrative offices were no longer needed and the "Gold Dome" building became Garfield Park's fieldhouse.

Parking/Directions

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

Garfield Baseball

Garfield Baseball

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Basketball

Garfield Basketball

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Boxing

Garfield Boxing

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave

Garfield Park - Cameron Café

Garfield Park - Cameron Café

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Fieldhouse

Garfield Fieldhouse

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Fishing

Garfield Fishing

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Fitness Center

Garfield Fitness Center

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Notes: M-F 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Garfield Artificial Turf

Garfield Artificial Turf

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Football/Soccer

Garfield Football/Soccer

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Gymnasium

Garfield Gymnasium

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Gymnastic Center

Garfield Gymnastic Center

Location: 100 N. Central

Garfield Horseshoe

Garfield Horseshoe

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Park

Garfield Park

Location: 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Garfield Park Lagoon

Garfield Auditorium & Clubrooms

Garfield Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Paths and Trails

Garfield Paths and Trails

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave

Garfield Playground

Garfield PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Tennis

Garfield Tennis

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave

Garfield Spray Pool

Garfield Spray Pool

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Summer
Online registration for our park began Monday, April 7. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

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 - 5 on 5 at Garfield 80808Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 18FemaleFrom June 9, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Free
Basketball - 5 on 5 at Garfield 80809Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 18MaleFrom June 10, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Garfield 80818OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15MaleFrom June 21, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
Free
Boxing at Garfield 80883InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
$35.00
Boxing at Garfield 80884InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
Free
Day Camp at Garfield 80960CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$235.00
Family Swim at Garfield 86812OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Free
High-Impact Aerobics at Garfield 86380InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$5.00
Leadership Camp at Garfield 81647CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$50.00
Learn to Swim at Garfield 81290InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Garfield 81287InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Garfield 81288InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Garfield 81289InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Open Swim at Garfield 86816OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Free
Open Swim at Garfield 86813OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemaleFrom June 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 2:15pm
Free
Open Swim at Garfield 86814OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMaleFrom June 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Garfield 86810OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 17MaleFrom June 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Free
Open Swim at Garfield 86811OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 17FemaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Free
TEAM Sports at Garfield 81624InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00

Documents

There are no documents available.

Photos & Videos

Reviews

Description

Located in the East Garfield Park Community, Garfield Park totals 184.72 acres and features the Golden Dome field house. The building features a gymnasium, auditorium, dance studio, fitness center, boxing center, grand ballroom and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers swimming pool, baseball fields, athletic fields for football or soccer, a fishing lagoon, tennis courts and converted tennis courts for bicycle polo and in-line skating, playgrounds and floral gardens. The park sits adjacent to the Garfield Park Conservatory, a popular destination for special events and the vast array of flower shows.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as wedding receptions in the grand ball room.

Park-goers can play baseball, basketball or tennis at the facility. On the cultural side, Garfield Park offers many partnerships with groups like the Najwa Dance group and Chicago West Music Center where Suzuki violin in taught to children as young as 3 years of age. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Garfield Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park, Black History festivals and Halloween activities.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 100 N. Central Park Ave. 12
Basketball Court - Outdoor 100 N. Central Park Ave. 6
Boxing Gym 100 N. Central Park Ave 1
Concessions 0
Fieldhouse 100 N. Central Park Ave. 0
Fishing Areas 100 N. Central Park Ave. 1
Fitness Centers 100 N. Central Park Ave. 1 M-F 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 100 N. Central Park Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 100 N. Central Park Ave. 3
Gymnasiums 100 N. Central Park Ave. 3
Gymnastics Centers 100 N. Central 1
Horseshoe Pits 100 N. Central Park Ave. 6
Lagoons and Ponds 1440 N. Sacramento Ave. 1 Garfield Park Lagoon
Meeting/Event Space 100 N. Central Park Ave. 8
Paths and Trails 100 N. Central Park Ave 1
Playgrounds 100 N. Central Park Ave. 0
Swimming Pools 100 N. Central Park Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 100 N. Central Park Ave 1
Water Spray Features 100 N. Central Park Ave. 2

In 1869, the Illinois state legislature established the West Park Commission, which was responsible for three large parks and interlinking boulevards. The centerpiece of the system, the 185-acre Central Park, was renamed to honor President James A. Garfield (1831- 1881) after his assassination in 1881. Plans for the entire ensemble of Humboldt, Garfield and Douglas Park had been completed ten years earlier, by William Le Baron Jenney, best known today as the father of the skyscraper. As ambitious plans could not be realized all at once, Garfield Park developed in stages, beginning with the east lagoon.

Jens Jensen, a Danish immigrant who had begun as a laborer for the West Park System in the 1880s, worked his way up to Superintendent of Humboldt Park a decade later. At that time, the West Park System was entrenched in political graft. In 1900, the commissioners fired Jensen because of his efforts to fight the corruption. Five years later, during major political reforms, new commissioners appointed him General Superintendent and Chief Landscape Architect. Deteriorating and unfinished sections of the parks allowed Jensen to experiment with his evolving Prairie style. For instance, when he took over, each of the three parks had a small, poorly maintained conservatory. Rather than repairing these structures, which each displayed similar collections, Jensen decided to replace them with a single centralized facility. Designed in conjuction with an engineering firm, Hitchings and Company, Jensen conceived the Garfield Park Conservatory as a work of landscape gardening under glass. Considered revolutionary when it opened to the public in 1908, the form of the building emulated a "great Midwestern haystack," while inside the rooms were wonderful compositions of water, rock, and plants.

In 1928, the West Park Commission constructed the "Gold Dome Building" in Garfield Park to provide a new administrative headquarters for the West Park Commission. The structure was designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, who were also responsible for other notable buildings including the Humboldt, Douglas and LaFolette Park Fieldhouses, and the On Leong Chinese Merchant's Association Building in Chinatown. In 1934, Garfield Park became part of the Chicago Park District, when the city's 22 independent park commissions merged into a single citywide agency. At that time, the adminstrative offices were no longer needed and the "Gold Dome" building became Garfield Park's fieldhouse.

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