Garfield Park

  • 100 N. Central Park Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60624 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • 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 historic Golden Dome field house. The field house holds a gymnasium, auditorium, dance studio, fitness center, boxing center, grand ballroom and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, baseball fields, athletic fields for football or soccer, a fishing lagoon, tennis courts, courts for bicycle polo and in-line skating, floral gardens and playgrounds that were recently renovated as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. Garfield Park sits adjacent to the Garfield Park Conservatory, a popular destination for special events and flower shows.

Many of these spaces are available for rental, including the grand ball room, which is popular for wedding receptions.

Park-goers come to Garfield Park to enjoy baseball, basketball or tennis. On the cultural side, Garfield Park offers many partnerships with groups including the Najwa Dance troupe and the Chicago West Music Center, which offers Suzuki violin lessons 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, including Movies in the Park, Black History festivals, Halloween activities and other Night Out in the Parks events.

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.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

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.

Please Note: the registration and program session dates for gymnastics centers vary from the dates listed below.  VIEW REGISTRATION & SESSION DATES FOR GYMNASTICS CENTERS.
 

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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Fun and Games at Garfield 170003InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
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
$85.00
Park Kids - Winter at Garfield 170674InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball League at Garfield 177204Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Female2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball League at Garfield 177203Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 18Male2017/04/18 22:30From April 18, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Garfield 177202Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 15Male2017/04/22 15:00From April 22, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Baton & Pom Pom at Garfield 177379InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 16Female2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$9.00
Boxing at Garfield 177349InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 3pm
$39.00
Boxing at Garfield 177350InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
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
Cheerleading - Recreational at Garfield 177375InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 4 but less than 7Female2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Garfield 177374InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 16Female2017/04/11 22:00From April 11, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Garfield 175996InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 16Female2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$9.00
Fun and Games at Garfield 177002InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to May 26, 2017
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
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 191905InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/03/08 00:15From March 7, 2017 to April 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$26.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 191907InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 12Female2017/03/08 22:15From March 8, 2017 to April 19, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$26.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 191906InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/03/11 17:15From March 11, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$22.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at Garfield Gymnastics 192186InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/03/09 00:30From March 8, 2017 to April 19, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$26.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Garfield Gymnastics 191968InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/03/08 23:15From March 8, 2017 to April 19, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$26.00
Music and Movement at Garfield 175986InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 16Female2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 192040InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/03/11 16:15From March 11, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$19.00
Park Kids - Spring at Garfield 176827InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
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
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 192096InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/03/07 23:15From March 7, 2017 to April 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$22.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 192097InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/03/11 18:45From March 11, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$19.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Garfield 177557InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Garfield 176925OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Shooting Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 192127InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/03/09 23:00From March 9, 2017 to April 20, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$26.00
Teen Leadership Club at Garfield 176914InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Track & Field at Garfield 177818InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$9.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 192141InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/03/10 00:15From March 9, 2017 to April 20, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$26.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 192184InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/03/07 22:15From March 7, 2017 to April 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$22.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 192185InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/03/09 22:15From March 9, 2017 to April 20, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$22.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 192188InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/03/11 15:15From March 11, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$19.00
USAG Team Tumbling at Garfield Gymnastics 192297InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/03/11 19:45From March 11, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$29.00

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Located in the East Garfield Park Community, Garfield Park totals 184.72 acres and features the historic Golden Dome field house. The field house holds a gymnasium, auditorium, dance studio, fitness center, boxing center, grand ballroom and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, baseball fields, athletic fields for football or soccer, a fishing lagoon, tennis courts, courts for bicycle polo and in-line skating, floral gardens and playgrounds that were recently renovated as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. Garfield Park sits adjacent to the Garfield Park Conservatory, a popular destination for special events and flower shows.

Many of these spaces are available for rental, including the grand ball room, which is popular for wedding receptions.

Park-goers come to Garfield Park to enjoy baseball, basketball or tennis. On the cultural side, Garfield Park offers many partnerships with groups including the Najwa Dance troupe and the Chicago West Music Center, which offers Suzuki violin lessons 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, including Movies in the Park, Black History festivals, Halloween activities and other Night Out in the Parks events.

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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