Palmer Park

  • 201 E. 111th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Targett Johnson
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6577

Located in the Roseland community, Palmer Park totals 40.48 acres and features a fitness center, youth wellness center, gymnasium and multi-purpose clubrooms. Outside, the park offers an aquatic center, soccer field, baseball/softball diamonds, basketball /tennis courts, and playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, cheerleading, tumbling & gymnastics, arts & crafts.On the cultural side, Palmer Park offers Youth & Teen Dance. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty Camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Teen Arts Camp

In addition to programs, Palmer Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

History

Palmer Park was named for Potter Palmer (1826-1902), one of Chicago's most successful merchants. Palmer opened a dry goods store in 1852, which became known for remarkable customer service practices. Several years later, he sold the business to Marshall Field and Levi Z. Leiter. In the late 1860s, Palmer began buying property on State Street. Although Lake Street was then the city's commercial center, Palmer successfully shifted this activity to State Street, developing it as the city's major retail thoroughfare. Palmer was a member of the South Park Commission and vice-president and director of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. The South Park Commission created Palmer Park in 1904 as part of its innovative neighborhood park system. Conceived by superintendent J. Frank Foster, this system was based on a new type of park providing social services as well as breathing spaces to the city's congested tenement districts. The Olmsted Brothers landscape architects and D.H. Burnham and Co. architects designed the first ten neighborhood parks, which all opened in 1905. In addition to Palmer Park, these were Ogden, Sherman, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour, Cornell Squares. Palmer Park became part of the Chicago Park District in 1934, when the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into a new unified system. Later that year, park district art director James Edward McBurney created three murals for Palmer Park as a Works Progress Administration project funded by the federal government. The three are: "Native Americans," "explorers," and "Dutch settlers." McBurney painted other notable Chicago murals at Wentworth School, Tilden High School, and Woodlawn National Bank.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Gratitude

Gratitude

Location Notes: Cultural Center - NE Park entry walk

Two Cubes

Two Cubes

Location Notes: Palmer Park Cultural Center

Palmer Baseball

Palmer Baseball

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Basketball

Palmer Basketball

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Cultural Center

Palmer Cultural Center

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th

Palmer Fieldhouse

Palmer Fieldhouse

Hours: , ,

Palmer Fitness Center

Palmer Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes: Sign up for a membership

Palmer Football Field

Palmer Football Field

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Gymnasium

Palmer Gymnasium

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Meeting Room

Palmer Meeting Room

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Park Playground

Palmer Park Playground

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014, Chicago Plays Renovation Program

Palmer Park Pool

Palmer Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6576

Palmer Tennis

Palmer Tennis

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Water Spray Feature

Palmer Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Wellness Center

Palmer Wellness Center

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Palmer 127418Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to June 10, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 12, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
Monday, January 18, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Friday, January 1, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
$33.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Palmer 136463InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2016 to March 16, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Palmer 136613OpenSports - Basketball21 and upCoed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$80.00
Basketball - Open at Palmer 151260OpenSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$80.00
Basketball Skills at Palmer 150820InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2016 to March 14, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Ceramics at Palmer 137006InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2016 to March 17, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$6.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Palmer 150026InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$0
Dance Camp at Palmer 150027CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$3.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 137338InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Fun and Games at Palmer 150025InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2016 to March 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Fun with Food at Palmer 137440InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$16.00
Inner City Basketball at Palmer 151848Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Palmer 138403InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 18, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 138662InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 17, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 138661InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 138871InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/02/08 18:00From February 8, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer 139039InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:15From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 139204InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Yoga at Palmer 139785InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$13.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Palmer 153779InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Baseball League at Palmer 153780Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Palmer 142932OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/03/29 15:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$80.00
Basketball at Palmer 143025InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Basketball Camp at Palmer 143052CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2016 to April 8, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$12.00
Ceramics at Palmer 143237InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 23:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Ceramics at Palmer 143236InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$7.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Palmer 153776InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/04/02 16:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Palmer 153778InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 18:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$3.00
Dance Camp at Palmer 153777CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2016 to April 8, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 143571InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$14.00
Fun Food Facts at Palmer 143651InstructionWellness - NutritionAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Mighty Munchkins at Palmer 144316InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/03/28 15:30From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$11.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Palmer 144621InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 18, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Palmer 145100InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Palmer 145101InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Palmer 145151OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 1pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 30, 2016
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 153775InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/28 17:00From March 28, 2016 to April 25, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 145222InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/05/02 17:00From May 2, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer 145481InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:15From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 145683InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Yoga at Palmer 146273InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$14.00

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Located in the Roseland community, Palmer Park totals 40.48 acres and features a fitness center, youth wellness center, gymnasium and multi-purpose clubrooms. Outside, the park offers an aquatic center, soccer field, baseball/softball diamonds, basketball /tennis courts, and playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, cheerleading, tumbling & gymnastics, arts & crafts.On the cultural side, Palmer Park offers Youth & Teen Dance. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty Camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Teen Arts Camp

In addition to programs, Palmer Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

Palmer Park was named for Potter Palmer (1826-1902), one of Chicago's most successful merchants. Palmer opened a dry goods store in 1852, which became known for remarkable customer service practices. Several years later, he sold the business to Marshall Field and Levi Z. Leiter. In the late 1860s, Palmer began buying property on State Street. Although Lake Street was then the city's commercial center, Palmer successfully shifted this activity to State Street, developing it as the city's major retail thoroughfare. Palmer was a member of the South Park Commission and vice-president and director of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. The South Park Commission created Palmer Park in 1904 as part of its innovative neighborhood park system. Conceived by superintendent J. Frank Foster, this system was based on a new type of park providing social services as well as breathing spaces to the city's congested tenement districts. The Olmsted Brothers landscape architects and D.H. Burnham and Co. architects designed the first ten neighborhood parks, which all opened in 1905. In addition to Palmer Park, these were Ogden, Sherman, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks, and Mark White, Russell, Davis, Armour, Cornell Squares. Palmer Park became part of the Chicago Park District in 1934, when the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into a new unified system. Later that year, park district art director James Edward McBurney created three murals for Palmer Park as a Works Progress Administration project funded by the federal government. The three are: "Native Americans," "explorers," and "Dutch settlers." McBurney painted other notable Chicago murals at Wentworth School, Tilden High School, and Woodlawn National Bank.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.