Palmer Park

  • 201 E. 111th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Dennis Gonzalez
  • 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.

Palmer Baseball

Palmer Baseball

Location: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Basketball

Palmer Basketball

Location: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Cultural Center

Palmer Cultural Center

Location: 201 E. 111th

Palmer Fitness Center

Palmer Fitness Center

Location: 201 E. 111th St.

Notes: M-F, 8-7:30pm; Sa, 10-3:30pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Palmer Football Field

Palmer Football Field

Location: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Gymnasium

Palmer Gymnasium

Location: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Meeting Room

Palmer Meeting Room

Location: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Tennis

Palmer Tennis

Location: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Water Spray Feature

Palmer Water Spray Feature

Location: 201 E. 111th St.

Palmer Wellness Center

Palmer Wellness Center

Location: 201 E. 111th St.

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 Tuesday, August 5, 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 Palmer 81884InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Palmer 81883InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Cardio Conditioning at Palmer 86834InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$12.00
Day Camp at Palmer 82286CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$150.00
Early Bird Camp at Palmer 82397CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$60.00
Extended Camp at Palmer 82469CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$60.00
Family Swim at Palmer 87319OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Free
Learn to Swim at Palmer 82912InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Palmer 82913InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Open Swim at Palmer 87313OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Palmer 87312OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Free
Open Swim at Palmer 87316OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Palmer 87318OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Free
Parent and Child Learn to Swim at Palmer 83085InstructionAquatics - Lessons6 and upCoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 2, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Free
Sports Camp at Palmer 87433CampsCamps - SportsAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Palmer 83377InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 83418InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 4pm
Free
Yoga/Pilates at Palmer 86835InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$12.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Archery for Veterans at Palmer 111386InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Free
Arts & Crafts at Palmer 92092InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Palmer 92214OpenSports - Basketball25 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Palmer 111375OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Palmer 92213OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Free
Ceramics at Palmer 110163InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$5.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 111481InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$12.00
Kiddie College at Palmer 111374InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Free
Line Dance at Palmer 111372InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance55 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Mighty Munchkins at Palmer 93909InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$9.00
Mighty Munchkins at Palmer 93909InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$9.00
Neighborhood Soccer League at Palmer 93954Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 8, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 8:30am to Noon
Free
Neighborhood Soccer League at Palmer 93952Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Neighborhood Soccer League at Palmer 93953Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 94407InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Palmer 111377OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Free
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 111480InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to October 13, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 111479InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 3, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer 111478InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
Free
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 94892InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$2.00
Winter Break Camp at Palmer 95493CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$25.00
Yoga at Palmer 111477InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$12.00
Zumba at Palmer 111371InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Free

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 201 E. 111th St. 1
Basketball Court - Outdoor 201 E. 111th St. 1
Cultural Centers 201 E. 111th 1
Fieldhouse 0
Fitness Centers 201 E. 111th St. 1 M-F, 8-7:30pm; Sa, 10-3:30pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 201 E. 111th St. 1
Gymnasiums 201 E. 111th St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 201 E. 111th St. 1
Swimming Pools 201 E. 111th St. 0
Tennis Courts 201 E. 111th St. 1
Water Spray Features 201 E. 111th St. 1
Wellness Centers 201 E. 111th St. 1
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.