Graver Park

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

Graver Fieldhouse

Graver Fieldhouse

Location: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Football/Soccer

Graver Football/Soccer

Location: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Auditorium & Clubrooms

Graver Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Playground

Graver Playground

Location: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Graver Tennis Court

Graver Tennis Court

Location: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Water Play Area

Graver Water Play Area

Location: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Graver Woodshop

Graver Woodshop

Location: 1518 W. 102nd Pl.

Summer Programs

Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1. Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 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
16" Softball League at Graver 81813Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom June 2, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$400.00
16" Softball League at Graver 110080Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemaleFrom June 12, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, June 12, 2014
$300.00
Day Camp at Graver 82251CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$280.00
Tennis Camp at Graver 81691CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 14CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$20.00
Tennis Camp at Graver 81692CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 14CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$20.00

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1518 W. 102nd Pl. 2
Fieldhouse 1518 W. 102nd Pl. 0
Football / Soccer 1518 W. 102nd Pl. 1
Meeting/Event Space 1518 W. 102nd Pl. 0
Playgrounds 1518 W. 102nd Pl. 1 Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013
Tennis Courts 1518 W. 102nd Pl. 3
Water Playgrounds 1518 W. 102nd Pl. 1
Woodshops 1518 W. 102nd Pl. 1
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.