Garfield Park

  • 100 N. Central Park Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60624 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: James 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, floral gardens and playgrounds that were recently renovated as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. The park also offers an artifical turf where children can play in Owls LaCrosse teams and other park district and community programs. Garfield Park sits adjacent to the Garfield Park Conservatory, a popular destination for special events, educational field trips and flower shows.

Many of the spaces in Garfield Park 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 dance, music and arts classes with partnership organizations including the Najwa Dance Troupe and the Chicago West Music Center. 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 Haunted Houses, concerts 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.

Parking/Directions

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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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics programs run the week of June 26 through the week of August 7.  
 
All other programs:
The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  

Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

 

Fall Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics fall session 1 programs run the week of August 28 through the week of October 16.  Click on the program name links below to view programs online & create your wish list.   Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Tuesday, August 8 at 9 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, August 12, if spots are still available*.
View fall session 2 dates.
 
All other programs:
Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view programs online & create your wish list.   Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Monday, August 7 at 9 am.
In-person registration begins Monday,  August 14.
 
*Note:  Since gymnastics centers do 100% online registration, in-person registration is only available if all of the program slots don't fill online before the first day of in-person registration.  Check the program online to see if spots are still available.

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 202381Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 22, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Garfield 202382Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Garfield 202482Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Garfield 202513InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$3.00
Boxing at Garfield 202570InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to November 24, 2017
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
$39.00
Boxing at Garfield 202569InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to November 24, 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
Cross Country at Garfield 202672InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2017/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$3.00
Dance - African at Garfield 202687InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Garfield 202693InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$8.00
Dance - Steppers at Garfield 202723InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$13.00
Drop-in at Garfield 202788InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 9 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 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
$16.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Garfield 202809InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAnyCoed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Flag Football at Garfield 202875InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$3.00
Floor Hockey at Garfield 202916InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$3.00
Fun and Games at Garfield 202978InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/08/21 20:00From August 21, 2017 to December 15, 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
Guitar at Garfield 203047InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAnyCoed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to November 16, 2017
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 222660InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/08/29 23:15From August 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$31.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 222662InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/08/30 21:15From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$31.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 222661InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/09/02 16:15From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
$27.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Garfield Gymnastics 224160InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/09/02 18:45From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
$27.00
Music and Movement at Garfield 203516InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 17Female2017/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Musical Theater at Garfield 203535InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAnyCoed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Open Gym Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 224164OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/22 23:30September 22, 2017
Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$3.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 224165OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/29 23:30September 29, 2017
Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$3.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 224166OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/10/06 23:30October 6, 2017
Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$3.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 224167OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/10/13 23:30October 13, 2017
Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$3.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 224168OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/10/20 23:30October 20, 2017
Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$3.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 222771InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/02 15:15From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
$23.00
Park Kids - Fall at Garfield 203618InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/21 20:00From August 21, 2017 to December 15, 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 - Fall Winter Spring at Garfield 208756Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/21 20:00From August 21, 2017 to June 8, 2018$255.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 222827InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/29 22:15From August 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$26.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 222829InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/02 17:45From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
$23.00
Seasonal Sports at Garfield 203880InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/08/21 21:30From August 21, 2017 to November 17, 2017
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 203954OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to November 22, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Shooting Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 222858InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/08/31 22:00From August 31, 2017 to October 19, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$31.00
Teen Leadership Club at Garfield 204341InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance at Garfield 204359InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$8.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 222918InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/08/30 23:15From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$31.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 2 at Garfield Gymnastics 222873InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/08/31 23:15From August 31, 2017 to October 19, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 222916InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/29 21:15From August 29, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$26.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 222718InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/30 22:30From August 30, 2017 to October 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$26.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 222917InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/31 21:15From August 31, 2017 to October 19, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$26.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Garfield Gymnastics 222920InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/02 14:15From September 2, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
$23.00
USAG Team Tumbling at Garfield Gymnastics 223032InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/01 21:15From September 1, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, September 15, 2017
$35.00
Winter Break Camp at Garfield 204673CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/13 16:30From December 13, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 6pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 6pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Garfield 210282InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
Park Kids - Spring at Garfield 216096InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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

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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, floral gardens and playgrounds that were recently renovated as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. The park also offers an artifical turf where children can play in Owls LaCrosse teams and other park district and community programs. Garfield Park sits adjacent to the Garfield Park Conservatory, a popular destination for special events, educational field trips and flower shows.

Many of the spaces in Garfield Park 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 dance, music and arts classes with partnership organizations including the Najwa Dance Troupe and the Chicago West Music Center. 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 Haunted Houses, concerts 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.

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