Graver Park

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

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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.

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.

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, April 11, 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
Day Camp at Graver 156415CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$301.00
Tennis Camp at Graver 158470CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$22.00
Tennis Camp at Graver 158471CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/07/05 15:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$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.