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
Pool maintenance - The La Follette Park Pool will be closed for maintenance from Sunday, December 3, through Monday, December 18.

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.

La Follette Park Pool

La Follette Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)287-1940

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Lift

9/11 - 12/10 | La Follette Park Pool - Fall Schedule

Notice Valid From: 8/9/2017 - 12/11/2017

The La Follette Park Pool will be closed for maintenance from Sunday, December 3, through Monday, December 18.

Notice Valid From: 10/11/2017 - 12/4/2017

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.

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


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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 224238OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
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
Adult Swim at La Follette 202147OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
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 202177InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 202170InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 202173InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 202172InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 16:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 202171InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 202174InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 17:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 202175InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 202176InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 202352OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$23.00
Basketball - Open at La Follette 202351OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 202571InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 2, 2017
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
Dance - Modern at La Follette 202716InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Family Swim at La Follette 202823OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Inner City Flag Football at La Follette 203145InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2017/09/16 23:15From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Junior Bear Cheerleading at La Follette 203162InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 203347InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 203344InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 203342InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 203341InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/09/13 17:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 203343InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 203345InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 203346InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/09/15 17:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 203340InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at La Follette 203547OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Fall at La Follette 203626InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 2017
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
$13.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at La Follette 203647Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 18, 2018$39.00
Recreational Tumbling at La Follette 203798InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Sewing at La Follette 203979InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
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
$23.00
Sewing at La Follette 203980InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
TEAM Sports at La Follette 204284InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
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
$35.00
Teen Club at La Follette 204319OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at La Follette 202849InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 2, 2017
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at La Follette 224237InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 204410InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 00:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Winter Break Camp at La Follette 208567CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/19 16:00From December 19, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$16.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 204798OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
2-Ball Basketball at La Follette 226118InstructionSports - Basketball8 and upCoed2018/01/23 23:00From January 23, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Adult Swim at La Follette 208890OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 19:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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 208936InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 226793InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 18:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 208930InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 208934InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 208932InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 208931InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 17:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 208933InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 18:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 208937InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 17:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 225858InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 18:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 225870InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Basketball - Open at La Follette 209100OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2018/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$23.00
Basketball at La Follette 209164InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball at La Follette 226119InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball Skills at La Follette 209161InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Basketball Skills at La Follette 209162InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$0
Basketball Skills at La Follette 209163InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 20:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 209322InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 17, 2018
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 209323InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2018 to March 17, 2018
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 226116InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 17, 2018
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
$23.00
Chair Exercise at La Follette 226120InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Chair Exercise at La Follette 226121InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Chorus at La Follette 226123InstructionCulture and Arts - Music60 and upCoed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Crafting at La Follette 226124InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2018/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Dance - Modern at La Follette 209443InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 15Female2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$9.00
Family Swim at La Follette 209542OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Gymnastics at La Follette 209741InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$9.00
Inner City Basketball at La Follette 209838Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2018/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2018 to March 28, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at La Follette 209839Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2018/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 210020InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 210023InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 210024InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2018/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 210022InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 210021InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 210018InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Line Dance at La Follette 226127InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2018/01/11 18:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Line Dance at La Follette 226128InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2018/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Open Swim at La Follette 225867OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at La Follette 210290InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$12.00
Quilting at La Follette 226129InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2018/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 210520InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 226117InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 210545OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Senior Swim at La Follette 210558OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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 210570InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$24.00
Sewing at La Follette 210569InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Sports Conditioning at La Follette 209101InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Team Gymnastics at La Follette 210829InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$8.00
TEAM Sports at La Follette 210853InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
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
$35.00
Teen Club at La Follette 210879OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at La Follette 226115InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at La Follette 225866InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 226795InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at La Follette 225873InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Walking Club at La Follette 226132OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Wrestling at La Follette 226131InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 7 but less than 17Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Youth Swim at La Follette 211231OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at La Follette 216104InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$12.00

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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.