Palmer Park

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

Palmer Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 201 E. 111th St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6576

Descriptors: Outdoor, Water Slide, ADA Stairs

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

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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
Art & ABCs at Palmer 205077InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Basketball - Open at Palmer 205253OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/08/29 15:00From August 29, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
$32.00
Basketball - Open at Palmer 205254OpenSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2017/09/07 23:00From September 7, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Basketball at Palmer 205359InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/08 23:00From September 8, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Ceramics at Palmer 221363InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Ceramics at Palmer 205610InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$8.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Palmer 205662InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Dance- Hip Hop Arts Partner at Palmer 226930PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/10/25 23:00From October 25, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Fun and Games at Palmer 225076InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 15:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$2.00
Park Kids - Fall at Palmer 207105InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 2017
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 1pm to 6pm
$13.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Palmer 207155Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 8, 2018$39.00
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 207451InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 207452InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at Palmer 228196OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/11/13 21:00From November 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
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
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 208035InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 11, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Palmer 208577CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 16:00From December 26, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 5pm
Each Friday from 10am to 5pm
$5.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Palmer 213363InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$13.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Palmer 219290InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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 1pm to 6pm
$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.