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: , ,

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.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 154369InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/30 16:00From June 30, 2016 to September 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 159324InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/30 17:00From June 30, 2016 to September 1, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Family Swim at La Follette 154775OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/24 22:00From June 24, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at La Follette 154896InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to September 3, 2016
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 2pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at La Follette 154898InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to September 3, 2016
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 2pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 155040InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/07/02 15:00From July 2, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
TEAM Sports at La Follette 155672InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/06/18 17:00From June 18, 2016 to September 10, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 159322OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/06/20 18:00From June 25, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 5pm
$0
Youth Swim at La Follette 159322OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/06/20 18:00From June 25, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 5pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at La Follette 162029OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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 184488InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 162064InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 162067InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 162066InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 16:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 162065InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 162068InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 17:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 162069InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at La Follette 184486InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 16:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
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 183927OpenSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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 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
Boxing at La Follette 162502InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2016 to November 26, 2016
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 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Boxing at La Follette 162503InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 26, 2016
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
$22.00
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
Dance - Modern at La Follette 162630InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 11 but less than 15Female2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$7.00
Family Swim at La Follette 162727OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/25 00:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 162760InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 17:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$14.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 162761InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at La Follette 162759InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
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
Kickboxing at La Follette 163124InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$14.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 184490InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 163291InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 163289InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 163288InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/21 17:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 163290InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 163292InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at La Follette 184489InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/23 17:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at La Follette 163287InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at La Follette 163373InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Open Swim at La Follette 184491OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 26, 2016
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
Each Saturday from 1pm 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
Seasonal Sports Club at La Follette 163977InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at La Follette 164002OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs50 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$0
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
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 164049InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:30From September 20, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at La Follette 164048InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/10/25 17:30From October 25, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$27.00
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 164245InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at La Follette 164244InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$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
Team Tumbling at La Follette 164321InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$7.00
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
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette 164429InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at La Follette Cancelled164428InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$34.00
Youth Swim at La Follette 164780OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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, 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.