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.

Eternal Connections

Eternal Connections (1)

Location Notes: Cultural Center - NE Park entry walk

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Two Cubes

Two Cubes

Location Notes: Palmer Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

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: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Palmer Football Field

Palmer Football Field

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Descriptors: Grass

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 PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014, Chicago Plays Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

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

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Adult Swim at Palmer 155933OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/25 23:15From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Palmer 156019InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Palmer 156020InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/25 18:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Palmer 156116InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2016/07/11 19:00From July 4, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Palmer 156117InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/07/01 19:00From July 1, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Day Camp at Palmer 156450CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$161.00
Early Bird Camp at Palmer 156562CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$62.00
Extended Camp at Palmer 156649CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$62.00
Family Swim at Palmer 156722OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 156757InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$14.00
Leadership Camp at Palmer 157059CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Palmer 157188InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Palmer 157187InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Open Swim at Palmer 159311OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:30From June 22, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Open Swim at Palmer 159311OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:30From June 22, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Palmer 157419OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/25 17:15From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Sports Camp at Palmer Cancelled158238CampsCamps - SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$22.00
TEAM Sports at Palmer 158330InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:45From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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 158433OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 158440OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/06/19 22:15From June 19, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
$0
Yoga at Palmer 158712InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 00:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$14.00
Youth Swim at Palmer 158759OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 19:45From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Youth Swim at Palmer 158759OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 19:45From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Youth Swim at Palmer 158759OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 19:45From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 3pm
$0

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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.