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

Lafollette Football/Soccer

Lafollette Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

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

Lafollette PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

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.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at La Follette 123891Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$33.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at La Follette 133640OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/01/05 01:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 150145InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 17:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 133686InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 133690InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 133688InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 133687InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 133689InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/07 18:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 133691InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 150146InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 133880OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/01/05 00:30From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at La Follette 133948OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Basketball at La Follette 133950InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball at La Follette 133946InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$6.00
Basketball at La Follette 133947InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$6.00
Basketball at La Follette 133949InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$6.00
Boxing at La Follette 134131InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Boxing at La Follette 134132InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 150149InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$21.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at La Follette 134175InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Dance - Modern at La Follette 134247InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 11Female2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Dance - Modern at La Follette 150151InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 11 but less than 15Female2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$6.00
Drum Circle at La Follette 150153InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Family Swim at La Follette 150147OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 134385InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/07 18:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 134386InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 134384InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Gymnastics at La Follette 134557InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Inner City Basketball at La Follette 134695Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 12Male2016/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Kickboxing at La Follette 134737InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 134881InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/01/04 18:30From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 134882InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 134885InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 134884InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 134883InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 134880InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Mighty Fit Kids at La Follette 134972InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at La Follette 135159OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at La Follette 135183InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 135460InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 135486OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Senior Swim at La Follette 135499OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:30am
$0
Sewing at La Follette 135509InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$21.00
Sewing at La Follette 135508InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2016/01/04 18:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 135530InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/02/09 18:30From February 9, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 135684InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 135683InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/07 17:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Team Gymnastics at La Follette 150150InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$6.00
TEAM Sports at La Follette 135754InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 25, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Teen Club at La Follette 135781OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 135856InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 135855InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 150148OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at La Follette 139933OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/03/28 18:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low impact at La Follette 153586InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/28 16:30From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low impact at La Follette 139967InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 16:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 139970InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 17:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 139968InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/30 16:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 139969InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 139971InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/31 17:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 139972InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low impact at La Follette 153587InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/04/01 16:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at La Follette 140147InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 140198OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/03/28 23:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at La Follette 140197OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Male2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 140369InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:15pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 140370InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/29 22:15From March 29, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 153660InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
$21.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at La Follette 140404InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Dance - Modern at La Follette 140492InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Dance - Modern at La Follette 153121InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 11 but less than 15Female2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$6.00
Drum Circle at La Follette 140509InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 23:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Family Swim at La Follette 140567OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 140594InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 17:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$13.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 140595InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 19:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 140596InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Football Camp at La Follette 140647CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/04/18 17:00From April 18, 2016 to April 22, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 4pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 4pm
$15.00
Gymnastics at La Follette 140753InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Kickboxing at La Follette 140868InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 153584InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/03/28 17:30From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 141012InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 141011InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 141015InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 141013InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 141014InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 153585InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/04/01 17:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 141016InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at La Follette 141105InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Open Swim at La Follette 153588OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at La Follette 141311OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at La Follette 141333InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 141665InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 141694OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/03/29 16:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Senior Swim at La Follette 141707OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/03/28 16:00From March 28, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:30am
$0
Sewing at La Follette 141716InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$21.00
Sewing at La Follette 141715InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2016/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 141739InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 17:30From March 29, 2016 to April 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 141738InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/05/03 17:30From May 3, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 141927InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 16:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 141928InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Team Gymnastics at La Follette 153123InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
TEAM Sports at La Follette 142017InstructionAquatics - Specialized60 and upCoed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Teen Club at La Follette 142043OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 142130InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 142131InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 142470OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 20:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm 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.

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