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.

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 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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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
Adult Swim at Palmer 120390OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 23:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Palmer 117979InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:15From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Palmer 131757InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Palmer 118086InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2015/06/29 19:00From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Palmer 118087InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/06/26 19:00From June 26, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Day Camp at Palmer 118417CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$153.00
Early Bird Camp at Palmer 118537CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$61.00
Extended Camp at Palmer 118616CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$61.00
Family Swim at Palmer 118883OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/13 22:15From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
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
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 131934InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 23:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Fun with Food at Palmer Cancelled131936InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/06/17 21:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Leadership Camp at Palmer 121222CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Palmer 131758InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:15From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Palmer 119612InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Palmer 120748OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/13 17:15From June 13, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
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 Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
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 Monday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
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
Sports Camp at Palmer 121083CampsCamps - SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$21.00
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
Teen Swim Female at Palmer 120383OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/06/12 18:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 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
Teen Swim Male at Palmer 131756OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/06/13 20:15From June 13, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$0
Yoga at Palmer 131935InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/18 00:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$13.00
Youth Swim at Palmer 120375OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/13 19:45From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 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

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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.