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: , ,

Lafollette Fitness Center

Lafollette Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Notes: M-F 11am-8pm Sat 9am-4:30pm 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.

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 90838Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$30.00
TEAM Sports at La Follette 91391InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
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 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at La Follette 114248OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2014/12/08 16:30From December 8, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11am
Each Monday from Noon to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11am
Each Friday from Noon to 3:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 95830InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 95834InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 95845InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 95832InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 17:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 95831InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2015 to March 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 95833InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 96021OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$20.00
Basketball at La Follette 96086InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball at La Follette 113662InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$5.00
Basketball at La Follette 113663InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$5.00
Basketball at La Follette 113664InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$5.00
Basketball at La Follette 113665InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/10 20:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$5.00
Bid Whist at La Follette 113673OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 113666InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 113668InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
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
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at La Follette 113670InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Dance - Modern at La Follette 113964InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
DJing - Beginner at La Follette 96377InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Family Swim at La Follette 115764OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2014/12/09 01:00From December 8, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 96521InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 18:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 96522InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 113851InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Gymnastics at La Follette 113963InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Inner City Basketball at La Follette 96823Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 12Male2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Kickboxing at La Follette 96869InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 97010InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 97009InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 97012InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 97011InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 97013InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 113012InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 113007InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Mighty Fit Kids at La Follette 113852InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$9.00
Open Swim at La Follette 115766OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/08 22:00From December 8, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at La Follette 114241OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2014/12/09 01:00From December 8, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at La Follette 97468InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 97745InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 97773OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Senior Swim at La Follette 114245OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2014/12/09 16:30From December 9, 2014 to January 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 2pm
$0
Sewing at La Follette 97785InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$20.00
Sewing at La Follette 97784InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 97821InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:30From January 6, 2015 to February 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 97822InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/17 18:30From February 17, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$25.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 97958InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 113850InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
TEAM Sports at La Follette 98024InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 2015
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
$28.00
TEAM Sports at La Follette 113518InstructionAquatics - Specialized60 and upCoed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Teen Club at La Follette 98057OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Swim at La Follette 115765OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/12/13 19:00From December 13, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 98119InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 113013InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 114249OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/09 22:00From December 9, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$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.