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 from 11/27/16 - 12/3/16 for regularly scheduled maintenance.

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 also 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

La Follette Park 11/28-1/8 Post Fall Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 11/18/2016 - 1/8/2017

The La Follette Park Pool will be closed from 11/27/16 - 12/3/16 for regularly scheduled maintenance.

Notice Valid From: 11/22/2016 - 12/4/2016

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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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
Basketball - Open at La Follette 162259OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$22.00
Basketball - Open at La Follette 162258OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 162501InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to December 10, 2016
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 162629InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 11Female2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$7.00
Inner City Flag Football at La Follette 163076InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2016/09/24 22:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Junior Bear Cheerleading at La Follette 162537InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at La Follette 163095InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 3pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at La Follette 163588InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
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
Recreational Tumbling at La Follette 163831InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$7.00
Sewing at La Follette 164024InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
$22.00
Sewing at La Follette 164025InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
TEAM Sports at La Follette 164304InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 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
$28.00
Teen Club at La Follette 164341OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at La Follette 188567CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/27 16:00From December 27, 2016 to January 6, 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
$15.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at La Follette 169225OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 169270InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 169264InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 169268InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 169266InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 17:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 169265InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 169267InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 18:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 169269InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 169271InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/13 17:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 169444OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
Basketball - Open at La Follette 169443OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$22.00
Basketball at La Follette 169507InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball at La Follette 169504InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2017/01/14 15:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$8.00
Basketball at La Follette 169505InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$8.00
Basketball at La Follette 169506InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/14 20:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Boxing at La Follette 169672InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 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 169673InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 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 169792InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Family Swim at La Follette 169888OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/14 01:00From January 13, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 169919InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/12 18:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette Cancelled169920InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$13.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 169918InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Gymnastics at La Follette 170100InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Inner City Basketball at La Follette 170230Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at La Follette 187150Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Kickboxing at La Follette 170268InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 170410InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 170411InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 170414InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 188757InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/11 18:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 170413InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 170412InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 188758InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/13 18:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 170409InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at La Follette 170489InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at La Follette 170682InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 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 170933InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 170957OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 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 170969OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 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 170978InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 170977InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 171001InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to February 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 171002InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/02/14 18:30From February 14, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 171179InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 171178InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Super Saturdays (Special Rec) at La Follette 187861InstructionSpecial 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 Gymnastics at La Follette 171231InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$7.00
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
Teen Club at La Follette 171281OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 171364InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 171363InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Yoga at La Follette 190769InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$13.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 171674OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 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
Each Saturday from 2pm 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, 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 also 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.