Palmer Park

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

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

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Palmer Fitness Center

Palmer Fitness Center

Location Notes: 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 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.

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Palmer 111642Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/18 20:00From August 18, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$30.00
Winter Break Camp at Palmer 95493CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2014/12/22 14:00From 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Palmer 98683InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Palmer 98841OpenSports - Basketball21 and upCoed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$44.00
Ceramics at Palmer 98682InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$5.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 99189InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$12.00
Fun with Food at Palmer 115872InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Mighty Munchkins at Palmer 100511InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$9.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Palmer 100945InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 101212InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 101211InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 101431InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to February 2, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 101432InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/16 18:00From February 16, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer 100510InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 101730InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Veterans Archery (Special Recreation) at Palmer 113227InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Yoga at Palmer 102306InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$12.00

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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.

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.