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.

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Palmer 165036InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 23:15From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Palmer 165197OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/06 15:00From September 6, 2016 to December 20, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
$64.00
Basketball - Open at Palmer 165198OpenSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2016/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2016 to December 22, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$60.00
Basketball at Palmer 165299InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Ceramics at Palmer 165522InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$7.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Palmer 184057InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Chess at Palmer 184994OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games18 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
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 184058InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 185601InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Fun with Food at Palmer 166074InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Palmer 184078InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Mighty Munchkins at Palmer 166980InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$11.00
Park Kids - Fall at Palmer 167307InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$12.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Palmer 167365Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to June 16, 2017$36.00
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 167795InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Palmer 167796InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 167992InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to October 17, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 167991InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/10/24 17:00From October 24, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer 168177InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 168338InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$4.00
Yoga at Palmer 169127InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$14.00

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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.