Palmer Park

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

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 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 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.

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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
POST Adult Swim at Palmer 130834OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/25 23:15From August 25, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Palmer 130835OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 21:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Sunday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Palmer 130839OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/29 17:15From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Teen Swim Female at Palmer 130840OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/08/24 18:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
$0
POST Teen Swim Male at Palmer 131759OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/08/25 20:30From August 25, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Palmer 130836OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/29 19:45From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Palmer 131769OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 16:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Palmer 121183InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 21:45From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Archery for Veterans at Palmer 125102InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Palmer 125172InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 23:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Palmer 125345OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/09/01 15:00From September 1, 2015 to December 15, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
$64.00
Basketball - Open at Palmer 125347OpenSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2015/09/10 23:00From September 10, 2015 to December 17, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$60.00
Basketball at Palmer 125346InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball Camp at Palmer 146856CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/12/21 16:00From December 21, 2015 to December 23, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Palmer 125542InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to December 14, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Ceramics at Palmer 125660InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 126005InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Fun and Games at Palmer 146855InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Fun with Food at Palmer 126187InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Mighty Munchkins at Palmer 127003InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$10.00
Neighborhood Soccer League at Palmer 127207Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to November 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at Palmer 127205Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to November 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at Palmer 127206Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to November 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall Session at Palmer 127360InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 12, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$11.00
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
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 127718InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 127719InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 127921InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to October 12, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 127920InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/11/02 18:00From November 2, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer 128096InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/14 14:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 128234InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$3.00
Yoga at Palmer 147832InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$13.00

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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.