Palmer Park

  • 201 E. 111th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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 Playground

Palmer Park Playground

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014, Chicago Plays Renovation Program

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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Palmer 111642Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/18 20:00From 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Palmer 105263OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
$36.00
Basketball at Palmer 129546InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
$0
Basketball Camp at Palmer 129548CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2015 to April 10, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Palmer 129545InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 6, 2015
$0
Ceramics at Palmer 105553InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Ceramics at Palmer 105552InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Conditioning at Palmer 105650InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Palmer 105522InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Fun with Food at Palmer 129543InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Mighty Munchkins at Palmer 106738InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/30 15:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$10.00
Neighborhood Soccer League at Palmer 106767Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
NERF Soccer at Palmer 129541InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/03/30 15:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
NERF Soccer at Palmer 106772InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Palmer 106992InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 6, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Palmer 107334InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Palmer 107335InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Palmer 107384OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 107444InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2015 to April 27, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Palmer 129542InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/04 17:00From May 4, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Palmer Cancelled107571InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 16 but less than 23Coed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to May 30, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 3:30pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer Cancelled129544InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/30 14:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Palmer 107668InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/30 14:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Palmer 107864InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Veterans Archery (Special Recreation) at Palmer 104997InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/03/31 18:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Yoga at Palmer 108401InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$13.00

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Description

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.