Graver Park

  • 1518 W. 102nd Pl.   Chicago, Illinois 60643 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Laura Casey
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6163

Located in the East Beverly/Morgan Park community area, Graver Park totals 4.75 acres and features an auditorium, science lab, woodshop and a multi-purpose room. Outside, the park offers a water park, tennis courts, playground, softball, baseball, and soccer fields.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, lacrosse, arts & crafts, gymnastics, young scientist, woodcraft, model car making, and Moms and Tots. On the cultural side, Graver Park offers Park Voyagers. Nature programming that is offered includes Garden Buddies. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Graver Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday themed-events.

History

Graver Park was created by the Ridge Park District, one of 21 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Between 1920 and 1930, the population of the Ridge Park District's fashionable Beverly neighborhood increased by nearly 80%. To meet the recreational needs of those living in the southeast corner of its territory, the park district began to purchase land there in 1928. Though land acquisition continued through 1935, the district almost immediately decided to build a fieldhouse in the new park. Designed by Hetherington & Sons, Architects, and completed in 1929, the yellow brick fieldhouse had an assembly hall, three small club rooms, and two banquet halls. The following year, the Beverly-based Hetherington firm designed a shelter house and laid out a landscape plan for the park. After the Chicago Park District acquired the park in 1934, it added many outdoor athletic facilities. The most recent improvement is an interactive waterplay area, constructed in 1998. Though the 1929 park dedication program referred to the site as "Geringer Park," this never became its official name. At a park board meeting the following month, only Board President John Geringer voted in favor of that name. The park was variously known as Church Street Park (for an adjacent street) and Park No. 179 until the early 1950s, when the Chicago Park District designated the site Graver Park. The name honors Beverly resident and Chicago park commissioner Philip S. Graver (1878-1945). An official of the Graver Corporation, a producer of steel plate, Graver served on the South Park Board between 1928 and 1934. He was named commissioner of the Chicago Park District in 1936, and served as its vice president from 1937 until his death in 1945.

Parking/Directions

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Graver Baseball

Graver Baseball

Location Notes: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Fieldhouse

Graver Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Hours: , , ,

Graver Football/Soccer

Graver Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Auditorium & Clubrooms

Graver Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Playground

Graver Playground

Location Notes: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Graver Tennis Court

Graver Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Water Play Area

Graver Water Play Area

Location Notes: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Woodshop

Graver Woodshop

Location Notes: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

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 Tuesday, December 2, 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
Volleyball - 6 on 6 at Graver 95369Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 12Female2014/11/24 23:30From November 24, 2014 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$150.00
Volleyball - 6 on 6 at Graver 95371Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2014/11/26 23:30From November 26, 2014 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$150.00
Volleyball - 6 on 6 at Graver 95370Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2014/12/11 23:30From December 11, 2014 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$150.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Graver 98670InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Basketball at Graver 101185InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$20.00
Basketball at Graver 98931InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/09 21:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Graver 99433InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/07 22:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Graver 99434InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 100120InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 21:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 99621InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 21:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 99622InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Graver 100452InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$35.00
NERF Soccer at Graver 112732InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
NERF Soccer at Graver 100540InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Graver 99077InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Graver 101186InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Graver 101968InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$20.00
Woodcraft at Graver 112734InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/01/09 21:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Woodcraft at Graver 112735InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$20.00

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Description

Located in the East Beverly/Morgan Park community area, Graver Park totals 4.75 acres and features an auditorium, science lab, woodshop and a multi-purpose room. Outside, the park offers a water park, tennis courts, playground, softball, baseball, and soccer fields.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, lacrosse, arts & crafts, gymnastics, young scientist, woodcraft, model car making, and Moms and Tots. On the cultural side, Graver Park offers Park Voyagers. Nature programming that is offered includes Garden Buddies. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Graver Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday themed-events.

Graver Park was created by the Ridge Park District, one of 21 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Between 1920 and 1930, the population of the Ridge Park District's fashionable Beverly neighborhood increased by nearly 80%. To meet the recreational needs of those living in the southeast corner of its territory, the park district began to purchase land there in 1928. Though land acquisition continued through 1935, the district almost immediately decided to build a fieldhouse in the new park. Designed by Hetherington & Sons, Architects, and completed in 1929, the yellow brick fieldhouse had an assembly hall, three small club rooms, and two banquet halls. The following year, the Beverly-based Hetherington firm designed a shelter house and laid out a landscape plan for the park. After the Chicago Park District acquired the park in 1934, it added many outdoor athletic facilities. The most recent improvement is an interactive waterplay area, constructed in 1998. Though the 1929 park dedication program referred to the site as "Geringer Park," this never became its official name. At a park board meeting the following month, only Board President John Geringer voted in favor of that name. The park was variously known as Church Street Park (for an adjacent street) and Park No. 179 until the early 1950s, when the Chicago Park District designated the site Graver Park. The name honors Beverly resident and Chicago park commissioner Philip S. Graver (1878-1945). An official of the Graver Corporation, a producer of steel plate, Graver served on the South Park Board between 1928 and 1934. He was named commissioner of the Chicago Park District in 1936, and served as its vice president from 1937 until his death in 1945.

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