La Follette Park

  • 1333 N. Laramie Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60651 [View Map]
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  • 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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at La Follette 103710OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/03/30 15:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11am
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low impact at La Follette 102427InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 102430InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 102432InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 102428InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/01 16:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 102429InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 102431InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at La Follette 102596InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 102650OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at La Follette 102649OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Male2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Bid Whist at La Follette 102766OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 129177InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 6, 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 129178InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at La Follette 129179InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Dance - Modern at La Follette 129180InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
DJing - Beginner at La Follette 102923InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
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
$6.00
Family Swim at La Follette 130049OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 103021InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 17:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 103022InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 130770InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 22:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Football Camp at La Follette 129183CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/04/06 17:00From April 6, 2015 to April 10, 2015
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
$11.00
Game Room at La Follette 129182OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Gymnastics at La Follette 129181InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Kickboxing at La Follette 103286InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 103438InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 103441InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 103439InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 103440InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 22:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 103437InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/04/03 00:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 129874InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 130043InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Mighty Fit Kids at La Follette 129910InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/04/02 21:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at La Follette 131284Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Parents and Tots Swim at La Follette 129955OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at La Follette 103786InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/03/30 19:30From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 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
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 104044InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 104073OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Senior Swim at La Follette 103711OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/03/31 15:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11am
$0
Sewing at La Follette 104091InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 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
$21.00
Sewing at La Follette 104090InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2015/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 104121InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 17:30From March 31, 2015 to April 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 104119InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/05 17:30From May 5, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette Cancelled104117InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/07 18:30From May 7, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette Cancelled104120InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 18:30From April 2, 2015 to April 30, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette Cancelled104118InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/07 21:00From May 7, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 104289InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 130769InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
TEAM Sports at La Follette 104370InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 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
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at La Follette 129920InstructionAquatics - Specialized60 and upCoed2015/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 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 104399OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 104467InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 130038InstructionAquatics - LessonsAnyCoed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 103712OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
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 3pm 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.