Garfield Park

  • 100 N. Central Park Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60624 [View Map]
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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 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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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 Park - Cameron Café

Garfield Park - Cameron Café

Location: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773)870-0847

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 Center

Location Notes: 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 Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Football/Soccer

Garfield Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

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

Garfield PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Garfield Park Pool

Garfield Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)933-9907

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

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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 League at Garfield 89687Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to December 27, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
High-Impact Aerobics at Garfield 90243InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 24, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$5.00
High-Impact Aerobics at Garfield 90244InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to December 23, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Garfield 90809InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to December 19, 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
$77.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Garfield 90828Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$231.00
Winter Break Camp at Garfield 111759CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/17 16:30From December 17, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 6pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 6pm
$25.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Garfield 96011OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$25.00
Basketball - Teen League at Garfield 96036Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Garfield 96143Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:45pm
$0
Baton & Pom Pom at Garfield 96187InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Boxing at Garfield 96230InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 6pm
Each Friday from 11am to 6pm
$35.00
Boxing at Garfield 96229InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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 96266InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Garfield 96267InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Garfield 112973InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$5.00
Dance - Steppers at Garfield 96351InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Garfield 96602InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$77.00
High-Impact Aerobics at Garfield 96744InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Music and Movement at Garfield 112972InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Garfield 97460InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$77.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Garfield 97734InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Garfield 97770OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Garfield 98070InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Volleyball - Open at Garfield 112971OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Garfield 112966InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2015/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$5.00

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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.