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.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 22, 2016.

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 155903Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/23 23:00From May 23, 2016 to September 2, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$416.00
16" Softball League at Graver 155902Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemale2016/05/24 23:00From May 24, 2016 to September 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$312.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Graver 165025InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 18:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Bitty Basketball at Graver 183909InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 19:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$22.00
Bitty Basketball at Graver 165758InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 18:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Dodgeball at Graver 165771InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 183908InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 165372InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 166962InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Frisbee Football at Graver 183914InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/22 20:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$22.00
Fun and Games at Graver 183917InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 14:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$22.00
Fun and Games at Graver 183918InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Game Room at Graver 183919OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Kickball at Graver 167196InstructionSports - KickballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$22.00
Lacrosse at Graver 166697InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 20:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$22.00
Little Yogis at Graver 183912InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2016/09/22 20:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$22.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Graver 183911InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Graver 167034InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$37.00
NERF Football at Graver 183910InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$22.00
NERF Soccer at Graver 168026InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$22.00
Play School at Graver 167757InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/09/21 16:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$22.00
Seasonal Sports at Graver 184916InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Soccer at Graver 165975InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Soccer at Graver 165976InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Soccer at Graver 168027InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 19:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$22.00
Sports Conditioning at Graver 183913InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/09/23 22:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Graver 168708InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Touch Football at Graver 168389InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/21 21:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$22.00
Track & Field at Graver 183915InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Volleyball at Graver 168939InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
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 168969Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2016/12/13 23:30From December 13, 2016 to March 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday 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
Wet Pets at Graver 165373InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 17:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Woodcraft at Graver 183923InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 20:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$22.00
Woodcraft at Graver 183924InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Woodcraft at Graver 183925InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:45From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$22.00

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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.