La Follette Park

  • 1333 N. Laramie Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60651 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Steve Collins
  • 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: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Basketball

Lafollette Basketball

Location: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

La Follette Fieldhouse

La Follette Fieldhouse

Location: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Fitness Center

Lafollette Fitness Center

Location: 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: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Gymnasium 1

Lafollette Gymnasium 1

Location: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Notes: 1 Medium, 1 Small

Lafollette Auditorium & Clubrooms

Lafollette Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Playground

Lafollette PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Running Track

Lafollette Running Track

Location: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Tennis Court

Lafollette Tennis Court

Location: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Lafollette Water Play Area

Lafollette Water Play Area

Location: 1333 N. Laramie Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 89356InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 89359InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 89358InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 89357InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 89360InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 89361InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Basketball - Open at La Follette 90546OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at La Follette 89602OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18MaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Free
DJing - Beginner at La Follette 89872InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$5.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 111812InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 111813InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$9.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 111810InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$9.00
Inner City Flag Football at La Follette 90299InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
Free
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at La Follette 90316InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 29, 2014
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 3pm
Free
Kickboxing at La Follette 90344InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 90485InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 90483InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 90482InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Free
Learn to Swim at La Follette 90484InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 90486InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 111347InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$22.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at La Follette 90817InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$10.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at La Follette 90838Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom 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
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 91097InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 91112OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs50 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Free
Sewing at La Follette 91130InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$20.00
Sewing at La Follette 91131InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
Free
Small Group Training at La Follette 89976InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to October 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Training at La Follette 111581InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 4, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$25.00
Sports Conditioning at La Follette 111809InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 12 but less than 18CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$9.00
Strength and Conditioning at La Follette 91339InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Free
Strength and Conditioning at La Follette 111811InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
Free
TEAM Sports at La Follette 91391InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
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 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Teen Club at La Follette 91430OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Free
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 91499InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 91498InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 1
Fieldhouse 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 0
Fitness Centers 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 1 M-F 11am-8pm Sat 9am-4:30pm Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 0
Gymnasiums 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 2 1 Medium, 1 Small
Meeting/Event Space 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 2
Playgrounds 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 0
Running Tracks 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 1
Swimming Pools 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 1
Water Playgrounds 1333 N. Laramie Ave. 1
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.