La Follette Park

  • 1333 N. Laramie Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60651 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Steve Collins
  • Park Phone: (773) 287-0541

Located in the Austin community, LaFollette Park totals 17.35 acres and features a large field house with an indoor pool, a gymnasium, fitness center, auditorium and 2 kitchens. Outside, the park offers basketball courts, baseball fields, tennis courts, athletic field for football or soccer, a pavilion, 2 playgrounds and an interactive water spray feature.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. The LaFollette Park Junior Bears Football team holds an impressive record in the community. Park-goers can play seasonal sports, go swimming or just enjoy the green space at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp

In addition to programs, LaFollette Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Holiday events and pumpkin patches.

History

In 1918, renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen envisioned a new type of neighborhood center for Chicago's west side.He imagined public schools surrounded by naturalistic landscapes with recreational and cultural features for people of all ages. Jensen created a plan to integrate new parkland with Lloyd School in the Austin neighborhood. Recommending the demolition of the existing school and acquisition of adjacent land, Jensen conceived adjoining school and gymnasium buildings in a beautiful setting with children's gardens, a bird garden, a naturalistic swimming lagoon, prairie-like playfields, and an outdoor theater. The West Park Commission acquired the proposed site, and began negotiating with the Board of Education. Shifting political tides, however, caused Jensen to sever his relationship with the park commission and the plan was never realized.

The site remained unimproved for many years. In 1925, the commissioners received a letter from the West Town Chamber of Commerce stressing the need for park improvements. The following year, the site was officially named La Follette Park after a delegation submitted petitions signed by 100,000 citizens requesting this tribute. Robert M. La Follette (1855-1925), a U.S. Representative, Senator, and three term Wisconsin governor, was nationally known for Progressive reform efforts to better the lives of children, women, farmers, and workers. Nicknamed "Fighting Bob," La Follette was recognized as an exceptional orator who battled against corruption.

In 1927, voters approved a $10 million bond issue allowing the West Park Commission to construct a number of new park buildings and landscape improvements.The initiative included $600,000 for a fieldhouse in La Follette Park. Designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, the impressive Italian Renaissance Revival-style building, with its large auditorium, two gymnasiums, indoor swimming pool, lobbies, promenade, and gallery, was considered a fitting memorial to the revered La Follette.

Parking/Directions

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

Lafollette Baseball

Lafollette Baseball

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Basketball

Lafollette Basketball

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

La Follette Fieldhouse

La Follette Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Hours: , ,

La follette Fitness Center

La follette Fitness Center

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year, Senior (Limited Hrs)

Lafollette Football/Soccer

Lafollette Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Lafollette Gymnasium 1

Lafollette Gymnasium 1

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Notes: 1 Medium, 1 Small

Lafollette Auditorium & Clubrooms

Lafollette Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Playground - NW

Lafollette Playground - NWAccessible

Location: 1380 N. Laramie Ave.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Lafollette Playground - SE

Lafollette Playground - SEAccessible

Location: 1320 N. Lavergne Ave.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Lafollette Running Track

Lafollette Running Track

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Tennis Court

Lafollette Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Water Play Area

Lafollette Water Play Area

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

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 register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Adult Swim at La Follette 154342OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 154368InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/28 16:00From June 28, 2016 to August 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 159323InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/28 17:00From June 28, 2016 to August 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 154369InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/30 16:00From June 30, 2016 to September 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 159324InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/30 17:00From June 30, 2016 to September 1, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 154438OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/13 23:00From June 13, 2016 to August 15, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$22.00
Boxing at La Follette 154518InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 21:30From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 154519InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:30From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 154520InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$21.00
Day Camp at La Follette 154640CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 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
$252.00
Family Swim at La Follette 154775OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/24 22:00From June 24, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 154813InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 17:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 154814InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 22:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at La Follette 154880Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2016/06/28 21:00From June 28, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at La Follette 159492Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 16 but less than 18Male2016/06/17 20:00From June 17, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at La Follette 154888Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2016/06/13 18:00From June 13, 2016 to July 27, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at La Follette 154896InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at La Follette 154898InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Kickboxing at La Follette 154916InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$14.00
Late Summer Camp at La Follette 154941CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 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
$36.00
Leadership Camp at La Follette 157051CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 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
$245.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 155040InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/07/02 15:00From July 2, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 155041InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/07/02 16:00From July 2, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 155526OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/06/14 15:00From June 14, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 155568InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/26 17:30From July 26, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 155565InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/28 18:15From July 28, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 155566InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/28 21:00From July 28, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$27.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 155648InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 16:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 155649InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 16:15From June 23, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at La Follette 155672InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/06/18 17:00From June 18, 2016 to September 10, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Teen Swim at La Follette 159325OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/07/05 22:00From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Tri-Master Camp Partnership at La Follette 159792CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 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
$0
Youth Swim at La Follette 159322OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/06/20 18:00From June 25, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 5pm
$0
Youth Swim at La Follette 159322OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/06/20 18:00From June 25, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 5pm
$0

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Located in the Austin community, LaFollette Park totals 17.35 acres and features a large field house with an indoor pool, a gymnasium, fitness center, auditorium and 2 kitchens. Outside, the park offers basketball courts, baseball fields, tennis courts, athletic field for football or soccer, a pavilion, 2 playgrounds and an interactive water spray feature.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. The LaFollette Park Junior Bears Football team holds an impressive record in the community. Park-goers can play seasonal sports, go swimming or just enjoy the green space at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp

In addition to programs, LaFollette Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Holiday events and pumpkin patches.

In 1918, renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen envisioned a new type of neighborhood center for Chicago's west side.He imagined public schools surrounded by naturalistic landscapes with recreational and cultural features for people of all ages. Jensen created a plan to integrate new parkland with Lloyd School in the Austin neighborhood. Recommending the demolition of the existing school and acquisition of adjacent land, Jensen conceived adjoining school and gymnasium buildings in a beautiful setting with children's gardens, a bird garden, a naturalistic swimming lagoon, prairie-like playfields, and an outdoor theater. The West Park Commission acquired the proposed site, and began negotiating with the Board of Education. Shifting political tides, however, caused Jensen to sever his relationship with the park commission and the plan was never realized.

The site remained unimproved for many years. In 1925, the commissioners received a letter from the West Town Chamber of Commerce stressing the need for park improvements. The following year, the site was officially named La Follette Park after a delegation submitted petitions signed by 100,000 citizens requesting this tribute. Robert M. La Follette (1855-1925), a U.S. Representative, Senator, and three term Wisconsin governor, was nationally known for Progressive reform efforts to better the lives of children, women, farmers, and workers. Nicknamed "Fighting Bob," La Follette was recognized as an exceptional orator who battled against corruption.

In 1927, voters approved a $10 million bond issue allowing the West Park Commission to construct a number of new park buildings and landscape improvements.The initiative included $600,000 for a fieldhouse in La Follette Park. Designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, the impressive Italian Renaissance Revival-style building, with its large auditorium, two gymnasiums, indoor swimming pool, lobbies, promenade, and gallery, was considered a fitting memorial to the revered La Follette.

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