Graver Park

  • 1518 W. 102nd Pl.   Chicago, Illinois 60643 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Timothy Bus
  • 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

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

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.

Descriptors: Grass

Graver Auditorium & Clubrooms

Graver Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Playground

Graver PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

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.

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 Tuesday, February 28, 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
Volleyball League at Graver 168968Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 12Female2016/11/28 23:30From November 28, 2016 to March 20, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$156.00
Volleyball League at Graver 168970Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2016/11/30 23:30From November 30, 2016 to March 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$156.00
Volleyball League at Graver 168969Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2016/12/15 23:30From December 15, 2016 to March 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$156.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Graver 172184InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/01/13 18:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$23.00
Basketball at Graver 172185InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/13 21:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$23.00
Bitty Basketball at Graver 187023InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 20:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$23.00
Dodgeball at Graver 172739InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 172890InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 172891InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/01/12 21:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 172892InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/12 22:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Little Artists at Graver 187026InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$23.00
Mighty Munchkins at Graver 187027InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$23.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Graver 173783InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$38.00
NERF Soccer at Graver 173865InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00
NERF Soccer at Graver 173863InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/01/13 17:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$23.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Graver 187025InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/13 22:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Graver 187024InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 20:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$23.00
Volleyball League - 3 on 3 at Graver 187028Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upFemale2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$102.00
Woodcraft at Graver 175420InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 21:15From January 9, 2017 to March 6, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$23.00
Woodcraft at Graver 187021InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Woodcraft at Graver 187022InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 23:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$23.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Graver 192848Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemale2017/05/16 23:00From May 16, 2017 to July 20, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$324.00
Basketball at Graver 178770InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 16:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$24.00
Basketball Skills at Graver 192840InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 18:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$24.00
Dino Diggers at Graver 192846InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
Dodgeball at Graver 179128InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 20:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 179274InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 18:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$24.00
Indoor Soccer at Graver 179691InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$24.00
Lacrosse at Graver 179818InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
Little Artists at Graver 192842InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$24.00
Little Yogis at Graver 192847InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$24.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Graver 180143InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/07 14:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$39.00
Seasonal Sports at Graver 180749InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 17:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$24.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Graver 192839InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 21:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$24.00
Soccer at Graver 181022InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$24.00
Soccer at Graver 192837InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/06 20:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
Soccer at Graver 192838InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$24.00
Tennis at Graver 181466InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 20:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$24.00
Volleyball League at Graver 182004Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 11Male2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
$164.00
Volleyball League at Graver 192841Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 14Male2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$164.00
Woodcraft at Graver 192843InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 20:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$24.00
Woodcraft at Graver 192845InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:45From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$24.00
Woodcraft at Graver 192844InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/05 21:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$24.00

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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.