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

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  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, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 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
Basketball at Graver 221233InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:45From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3pm
$24.00
Basketball at Graver 221235InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
Dodgeball at Graver 205866InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$24.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 206084InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:45From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
$24.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 206083InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$24.00
Floor Hockey at Graver 206085InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/14 22:15From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$24.00
Lacrosse at Graver 221232InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Graver 206845InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$39.00
Nature Fun at Graver 221237InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 19:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$24.00
NERF Soccer at Graver 206949InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 17:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$24.00
NERF Soccer at Graver 221230InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$24.00
Science of Superheroes at Graver 221239InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$24.00
Seasonal Sports at Graver 207409InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$24.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Graver 221236InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 20:15From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$24.00
Sport Art & Dart at Graver 221240InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 17:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$24.00
Tennis at Graver 221231InstructionSports - TennisAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:15From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$24.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Graver 221234InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1pm
$24.00
Volleyball League at Graver 208471Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 12Female2017/12/04 23:30From December 4, 2017 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$164.00
Volleyball League at Graver 208473Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2017/12/06 23:30From December 6, 2017 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$164.00
Volleyball League at Graver 208472Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2017/12/07 23:30From December 7, 2017 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$164.00
Weather, Weather, Everywhere at Graver 221238InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/14 20:45From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 5:15pm
$24.00
Woodcraft at Graver 208601InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 20:15From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$24.00
Woodcraft at Graver 208602InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$24.00
Woodcraft at Graver 208603InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:45From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$24.00

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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.

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.