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

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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 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
Adult Swim at La Follette 117279OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/15 17:00From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 115960InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/23 16:00From June 23, 2015 to August 25, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 115962InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2015 to August 26, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 115961InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2015 to August 27, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Basketball - Open at La Follette 116031OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/08 23:00From June 8, 2015 to August 10, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$21.00
Boxing at La Follette 131673InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/16 21:00From June 16, 2015 to August 22, 2015
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 11am to Noon
$0
Boxing at La Follette 131674InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 131675InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:30From June 16, 2015 to August 22, 2015
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
$20.00
Day Camp at La Follette 116218CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Family Swim at La Follette 116459OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/16 22:30From June 16, 2015 to August 29, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 116541InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 17:15From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 116542InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 22:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at La Follette 116614Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2015/06/23 21:00From June 23, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at La Follette 116623Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/06/08 18:00From June 8, 2015 to July 22, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at La Follette 131671InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at La Follette 131672InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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 5pm to 7pm
$0
Kickboxing at La Follette 116655InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Late Summer Camp at La Follette 132378CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$35.00
Leadership Camp at La Follette 147634CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 116831InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/27 16:45From June 27, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 116830InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/06/27 17:45From June 27, 2015 to August 29, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Open Swim Female at La Follette 117285OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2015/06/15 19:30From June 15, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0
Open Swim Male at La Follette 117295OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2015/06/15 21:30From June 15, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
POST Adult Swim at La Follette 130715OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 17:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
POST Family Swim at La Follette 130716OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/01 22:30From September 1, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
POST Open Swim at La Follette 130717OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2015/08/24 19:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
POST Senior Swim at La Follette 130718OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/09/01 16:00From September 1, 2015 to September 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Teen Swim at La Follette 130719OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 16:45From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at La Follette 130720OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/05 17:45September 5, 2015
Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 117572OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/06/09 15:00From June 9, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 117602InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/21 17:30From July 21, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 117601InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 17:30From June 16, 2015 to July 14, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 117597InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 18:15From June 18, 2015 to July 16, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 117599InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/23 18:15From July 23, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 117600InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/23 21:00From July 23, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 117598InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 21:00From June 18, 2015 to July 16, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$26.00
Sports Camp at La Follette Cancelled117656CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 117687InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/16 16:15From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 117688InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/18 16:15From June 18, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at La Follette 117712InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/13 18:45From June 13, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$28.00

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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, 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.