La Follette Park

  • 1333 N. Laramie Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60651 [View Map]
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  • 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, a fitness center, an auditorium and two kitchens.

Outside, the park offers basketball courts, baseball fields, tennis courts, an athletic field for football or soccer, a pavilion, two playgrounds and an interactive water spray feature. Many of these spaces are available for rental. 

Park-goers visit LaFollette to 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. The LaFollette Park Junior Bears Football team holds an impressive record. 

In addition to programs, LaFollette Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as pumpkin patches and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

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.

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Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

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.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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
Adult Swim at La Follette 193808OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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 193834InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 193836InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 193835InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/22 16:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 193837InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/22 17:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 193903OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2017 to August 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$23.00
Boot Camp at La Follette 194262InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 17:15From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$13.00
Boot Camp at La Follette Cancelled194263InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 22:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Boxing at La Follette 193976InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/13 21:30From June 13, 2017 to August 19, 2017
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 193977InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/13 23:00From June 13, 2017 to August 19, 2017
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
Clubhouse Camp at La Follette 200121CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$235.00
Day Camp at La Follette 194092CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$235.00
Family Swim at La Follette 194236OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at La Follette 194314Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2017/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at La Follette 194331InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/06/13 22:00From June 13, 2017 to November 4, 2017
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 194333InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/06/13 22:00From June 13, 2017 to October 28, 2017
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 194348InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Late Summer Camp at La Follette 194371CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$38.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 194479InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/06/24 15:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 194480InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at La Follette 199140InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 21:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 194717OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/06/13 15:00From June 13, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 194749InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/07/25 17:30From July 25, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 194826InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/20 16:15From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 194827InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/22 16:15From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at La Follette 194852InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$35.00
Teen Camp at La Follette 194392CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$0
Teen Fit Box at La Follette 220854InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/13 22:00From June 13, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Fit Box Camp at La Follette 221013CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/08/28 22:00From August 28, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at La Follette 223669Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/07/11 21:00From July 11, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at La Follette 223670Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2017/07/12 21:00From July 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Swim at La Follette 194919OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Yoga at La Follette 199138InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/22 19:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$13.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 195078OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/06/19 18:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
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
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$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, a fitness center, an auditorium and two kitchens.

Outside, the park offers basketball courts, baseball fields, tennis courts, an athletic field for football or soccer, a pavilion, two playgrounds and an interactive water spray feature. Many of these spaces are available for rental. 

Park-goers visit LaFollette to 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. The LaFollette Park Junior Bears Football team holds an impressive record. 

In addition to programs, LaFollette Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as pumpkin patches and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

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.