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.

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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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 view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Adult Swim at Palmer 195125OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/17 23:15From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Palmer 195221InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:15From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Palmer 195222InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/24 18:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Boot Camp at Palmer 202051InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$16.00
Boot Camp at Palmer 198627InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Day Camp at Palmer 195667CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$169.00
Early Bird Camp at Palmer 195782CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$65.00
Extended Camp at Palmer 195865CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$65.00
Family Swim at Palmer 195929OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/13 21:00From June 13, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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
Lap Swim at Palmer 199317OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/21 18:30From June 16, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$40.00
Leadership Camp at Palmer 196402CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$0
Learn to Swim at Palmer 196542InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:15From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Palmer 196541InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Open Swim at Palmer 196701OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/23 18:30From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Palmer 196763OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/17 17:15From June 17, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Palmer 197178InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 21:45From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Camp at Palmer 201890CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$169.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Palmer 220946Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/07/11 20:00From July 11, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Palmer 220947Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2017/07/11 20:00From July 11, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$0
Teen Swim Female at Palmer 197295OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2017/06/12 18:30From June 12, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 197303OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/06/11 22:15From June 11, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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
Youth Swim at Palmer 197706OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/12 19:45From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 12, 2017 to June 26, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, June 26, 2017
From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
Friday, August 18, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at Palmer 197706OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/12 19:45From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 12, 2017 to June 26, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, June 26, 2017
From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
Friday, August 18, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at Palmer 197706OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/12 19:45From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 12, 2017 to June 26, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, June 26, 2017
From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
Friday, August 18, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at Palmer 197706OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/12 19:45From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 12, 2017 to June 26, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, June 26, 2017
From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
Friday, August 18, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at Palmer 197706OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/12 19:45From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
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 12, 2017 to June 26, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, June 26, 2017
From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
Friday, August 18, 2017 from 11am to 1:30pm
$0
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 15:00From September 7, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$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
Boot Camp at Palmer 206010InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
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 23:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Chess at Palmer 205674OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games18 and upCoed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Dance - Modern at Palmer 205815InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Palmer 206774InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Mighty Munchkins at Palmer 206787InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/09/11 15:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
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 November 29, 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 November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer 207858InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:15From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 208035InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Palmer 208577CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/19 16:00From December 19, 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
Yoga at Palmer 208674InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/14 00:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$15.00

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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.