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

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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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Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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 view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 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
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
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 202353OpenSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to November 17, 2017
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
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
Boot Camp at La Follette 202850InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 17:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
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
Boxing at La Follette 202572InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to November 18, 2017
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 202573InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 18, 2017
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
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
Kickboxing at La Follette 203197InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 2, 2017
$15.00
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
Mighty Fit Kids at La Follette 203435InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
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
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 203935InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 203958OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$0
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
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 204003InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:30From September 12, 2017 to October 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 204002InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/10/17 17:30From October 17, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 204229InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 204228InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$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
Team Tumbling at La Follette 204298InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00
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
$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 Monday from 10am to 2pm
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
Yoga at La Follette 225041InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
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
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
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.