Garfield Park

  • 100 N. Central Park Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60624 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jim Hobson
  • Park 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.

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Conservatory Entrance Fountain

Conservatory Entrance Fountain (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Central Park Avenue in front of the Conservatory

Descriptors: Outdoor, Fountain

Green Line Mosaics

Green Line Mosaics (1)

Location Notes: Central Park/Lake Green Line 'L' station

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Lincoln the Rail-splitter

Lincoln the Rail-splitter (1)

Location Notes: North of W. Washington Boulevard and west of N. Central Park Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Norman Cornwall Memorial

Norman Cornwall Memorial (1)

Location Notes: S. Central Park Avenue and W. Jackson Boulevard

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Palm Tree Reliefs

Palm Tree Reliefs (1)

Location Notes: Garfield Park Conservatory, Palm House

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Pastoral and Idyl

Pastoral and Idyl (1)

Location Notes: Garfield Park Conservatory, Palm House

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Persian Pool

Persian Pool (1)

Location Notes: Garfield Park Conservatory, Aroid House

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Playground Mosaics

Playground Mosaics (1)

Location Notes: Playground at the southwest corner of Homan Avenue and Lake Street

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Robert Burns Memorial

Robert Burns Memorial (1)

Location Notes: W. Washington Boulevard between N. Central Park Avenue and N. Hamlin Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

SOLARise

SOLARise (1)

Location Notes: Garfield Conservatory

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture, Temporary

World's Fair Bulls with Maidens

World's Fair Bulls with Maidens (1)

Location Notes: West of the Garfield Park Conservatory in the City Garden flanking propagating houses

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Zellij Fountain

Zellij Fountain (1)

Location Notes: Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall

Descriptors: Indoor, Fountain

Garfield Baseball

Garfield Baseball

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Basketball

Garfield Basketball

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Boxing

Garfield Boxing

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave

Garfield Fieldhouse

Garfield Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Hours: , ,

Garfield Fishing

Garfield Fishing

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Fitness Center

Garfield Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Garfield Football/Soccer

Garfield Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Garfield Artificial Turf

Garfield Artificial Turf

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Garfield Gymnasium

Garfield Gymnasium

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Gymnastic Center

Garfield Gymnastic Center

Location Notes: 100 N. Central

Garfield Horseshoe

Garfield Horseshoe

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Park

Garfield Park

Location Notes: 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Garfield Park Lagoon

Garfield Auditorium & Clubrooms

Garfield Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Paths and Trails

Garfield Paths and Trails

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave

Garfield Playground - E

Garfield Playground - EAccessible

Location: 3430 W. Madison St.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Garfield Playground - NE

Garfield Playground - NEAccessible

Location: 160 N. Homan Ave.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Garfield Park Pool

Garfield Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312) 742-5092

Descriptors: Outdoor

Garfield Tennis

Garfield Tennis

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave

Garfield Spray Pool

Garfield Spray Pool

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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
Badminton at Garfield 184059InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$2.00
Basketball - Teen League at Garfield 162280Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:45pm
$0
Basketball - Teen League at Garfield 162281Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Garfield 162393Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Garfield 184063InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$2.00
Boxing at Garfield 162500InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 3:30pm
$37.00
Boxing at Garfield 162499InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Cross Country at Garfield 184061InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2016/09/29 21:30From September 29, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$2.00
Dance - African at Garfield 185177InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Garfield 162609InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 18Female2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$7.00
Dance - Steppers at Garfield 162636InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$12.00
Drop-in at Garfield 184064InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 9 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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
$15.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Garfield 185182InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAnyCoed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Flag Football at Garfield 184062InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$2.00
Floor Hockey at Garfield 184060InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/27 21:30From September 23, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$2.00
Fun and Games at Garfield 162894InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$81.00
Guitar at Garfield 185179InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAnyCoed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 162991InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 16Female2016/08/30 23:15From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$29.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 162993InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 12Female2016/08/31 21:00From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$29.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 162992InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 16Female2016/09/03 16:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$29.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Garfield Gymnastics 163021InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 16Female2016/08/31 22:00From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$29.00
Music and Movement at Garfield 163450InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 17Female2016/09/26 21:00From September 26, 2016 to December 12, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Musical Theater at Garfield 185180InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAnyCoed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 163523InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/03 15:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$25.00
Park Kids - Fall at Garfield 163580InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$81.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Garfield 163598Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to June 16, 2017$243.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 163867InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/08/30 22:15From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$25.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 163868InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/03 00:00From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$25.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 163869InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/03 17:45From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$25.00
Seasonal Sports at Garfield 163911InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/08/29 21:30From August 29, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Garfield 163997OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Shooting Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 164035InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/01 22:00From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$29.00
Teen Leadership Club at Garfield 164361InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance at Garfield 164377InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$7.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 164519InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/01 23:15From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$29.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 164520InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/02 23:00From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$29.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 164530InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/30 21:15From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$25.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 164532InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/31 23:15From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$25.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 164531InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/01 21:00From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$25.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 164533InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/02 22:00From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 164534InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/03 14:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$25.00
USAG Team Tumbling at Garfield Gymnastics 164317InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/03 18:45From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
$38.00
Winter Break Camp at Garfield 164664CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/21 16:30From December 21, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 6pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 6pm
$27.00

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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.

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.