Palmer Park

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

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Archery for Veterans at Palmer 111386InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Free
Arts & Crafts at Palmer 92092InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Palmer 92214OpenSports - Basketball25 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Palmer 111375OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Palmer 92213OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Free
Bitty Basketball at Palmer 110164InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Free
Bitty Basketball at Palmer 110165InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Free
Ceramics at Palmer 110163InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$5.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Palmer 111373InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 111481InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$12.00
Fun with Food at Palmer 111476InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Free
Kiddie College at Palmer 111374InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
Free
Line Dance at Palmer 111372InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance55 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Mighty Munchkins at Palmer 93909InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$9.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Palmer 94074InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 18, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$10.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Palmer 111642Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom 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
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 94406InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 94407InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Palmer 111377OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Free
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 111480InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to October 13, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 111479InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 3, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer 111478InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
Free
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 94892InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$2.00
Winter Break Camp at Palmer 95493CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom 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
Yoga at Palmer 111477InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$12.00
Zumba at Palmer 111371InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Free

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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.