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.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

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 save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at La Follette 163610Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$36.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Super Saturdays (Special Rec) at La Follette Cancelled187861InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 13Coed2017/01/07 15:00From January 7, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
$0
TEAM Sports at La Follette 171256InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at La Follette 175830OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
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 175601InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low impact at La Follette 175595InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 175598InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 175596InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 16:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 175597InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 16:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 175599InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 17:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 175600InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low impact at La Follette 175602InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 16:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Rookie Leauge at La Follette 177079InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 177290OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$23.00
Basketball - Open at La Follette 193008OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 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 177289OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Male2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Boot Camp at La Follette 177970InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 17:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Boot Camp at La Follette 177968InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 22:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Boxing at La Follette 177348InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 10, 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 177346InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 10, 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
Dance - Modern at La Follette 176012InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Family Swim at La Follette 175793OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/08 00:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Football Camp at La Follette 175967CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 17:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
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
$17.00
Gymnastics at La Follette 176679InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Kickboxing at La Follette 177939InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 175739InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 175727InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 175726InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 175737InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/05 17:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 175728InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 175729InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 175740InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 175738InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at La Follette 177909InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Open Swim at La Follette 175810OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at La Follette 175802OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Spring at La Follette 176835InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 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
$12.00
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 177547InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 176921OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Senior Swim at La Follette 175807OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 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
Sewing at La Follette 176268InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 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 176272InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 177889InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to May 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 177890InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/05/09 17:30From May 9, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Spring Break Camp at La Follette 193010CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 15:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 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
$11.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 177990InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 177976InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 16:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Team Gymnastics at La Follette 176532InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$8.00
TEAM Sports at La Follette 175848InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
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 176891OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at La Follette 193011InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 175766InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 175767InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Walking Club at La Follette 193009OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Yoga at La Follette 199206InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/06 19:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$13.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 175814OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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

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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.