Peterson Park

  • 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60646 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Kiala Moore
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7584

The scenic, naturally wooded 24 acres of Peterson Park create the perfect setting for community members to enjoy the outdoors. Outside, Peterson Park’s two soccer fields are constantly filled with young players. The park also features four tennis courts, two playgrounds, two softball fields, a walking path and six basketball standards

At the park field house, youth can enjoy Kids Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Fun & Games, and a game room that includes ping pong, air hockey, foosball, bumper pool and a Wii system. Peterson Park has many early childhood programs that include Mom, Pops, Tots, Play Group, Arts & ABC’s, Music & Movement and many more. Peterson Park offers yoga/pilates for adults as well as a fitness center. The senior social club thrives at Peterson Park, meeting weekly and scheduling trips to exciting destinations across the city.

Peterson Park is even more known for its state-of-the-art gymnastics center, which offers quality instruction for beginners to advanced competitors year-round. The gymnastic center and park fieldhouse sit within the city’s North Park Village, just off of Peterson and Pulaski Avenues

History

Peterson Park honors Pehr Samuel Peterson (1830-1903), a pioneer nurseryman and early inhabitant of the Swedish community known as Peterson Woods, in what is now the North Park neighborhood. Arriving in the United States in 1850, Peterson came west to Chicago four years later and started a landscape nursery northwest of the city, eventually acquiring over 500 acres of land. Peterson developed an innovative technique for transplanting large trees from his nursery. Peterson's trees soon shaded many Chicago parks and boulevards, including Jackson Park, which was made lush and green for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Peterson also was active in Swedish-American civic and religious groups. The King of Sweden knighted him for his accomplishments. Several years after Peterson's death in 1903, his family donated 160 acres of land to the City of Chicago for a municipal tuberculosis sanitarium. When the sanitarium opened in 1915, TB was the Western World's leading killer, but by mid-century, improved public hygiene and the advent of vaccines and antimicrobial drugs had drastically reduced the incidence of the disease. In the 1970s, the city decided to redevelop the under-used sanitarium property as North Park Village, a campus for city programs and social services. The redevelopment plan called for transforming the original hospital and grounds into senior citizen housing, a school for the developmentally disabled, and a wooded, 46-acre nature preserve. In addition, nearly 24 acres were developed as parkland. The Chicago Park District began leasing the site in 1977, and soon improved it with playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, and athletic fields. An existing building provided space for indoor recreation. Improvements made in the 1990s included the addition of two soft surface playgrounds and the creation of a gymnastics center in another of the old sanitarium buildings.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Free parking is available in our lot
Mural

Mural (1)

Location Notes: Basement of Peterson Park Field House

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Peterson Softball Fields

Peterson Softball Fields

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Peterson Basketball Courts

Peterson Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Peterson Fieldhouse

Peterson Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Hours: ,

Peterson Fitness Center

Peterson Fitness Center

Hours: ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Peterson Football/Soccer Fields

Peterson Football/Soccer Fields

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Descriptors: Grass

Peterson Clubrooms

Peterson Clubrooms

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Peterson Picnic Area

Peterson Picnic Area

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Peterson Playgrounds

Peterson PlaygroundsAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Peterson Tennis Courts

Peterson Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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.  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 Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Day Camp at Peterson 154656CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$357.00
Leadership Camp at Peterson 154962CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3:30pm
$148.00
Play Camp at Peterson 155243CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/08/22 15:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 12:30pm
$50.00
Soccer League at Peterson 155599Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/08/24 22:00From August 24, 2016 to September 28, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$40.00
Tennis at Peterson 155154InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/07/25 14:00From July 25, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$22.00
Tennis at Peterson 155153InstructionSports - TennisAt least 12 but less than 15Coed2016/07/25 15:30From July 25, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$22.00

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The scenic, naturally wooded 24 acres of Peterson Park create the perfect setting for community members to enjoy the outdoors. Outside, Peterson Park’s two soccer fields are constantly filled with young players. The park also features four tennis courts, two playgrounds, two softball fields, a walking path and six basketball standards

At the park field house, youth can enjoy Kids Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Fun & Games, and a game room that includes ping pong, air hockey, foosball, bumper pool and a Wii system. Peterson Park has many early childhood programs that include Mom, Pops, Tots, Play Group, Arts & ABC’s, Music & Movement and many more. Peterson Park offers yoga/pilates for adults as well as a fitness center. The senior social club thrives at Peterson Park, meeting weekly and scheduling trips to exciting destinations across the city.

Peterson Park is even more known for its state-of-the-art gymnastics center, which offers quality instruction for beginners to advanced competitors year-round. The gymnastic center and park fieldhouse sit within the city’s North Park Village, just off of Peterson and Pulaski Avenues

Peterson Park honors Pehr Samuel Peterson (1830-1903), a pioneer nurseryman and early inhabitant of the Swedish community known as Peterson Woods, in what is now the North Park neighborhood. Arriving in the United States in 1850, Peterson came west to Chicago four years later and started a landscape nursery northwest of the city, eventually acquiring over 500 acres of land. Peterson developed an innovative technique for transplanting large trees from his nursery. Peterson's trees soon shaded many Chicago parks and boulevards, including Jackson Park, which was made lush and green for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Peterson also was active in Swedish-American civic and religious groups. The King of Sweden knighted him for his accomplishments. Several years after Peterson's death in 1903, his family donated 160 acres of land to the City of Chicago for a municipal tuberculosis sanitarium. When the sanitarium opened in 1915, TB was the Western World's leading killer, but by mid-century, improved public hygiene and the advent of vaccines and antimicrobial drugs had drastically reduced the incidence of the disease. In the 1970s, the city decided to redevelop the under-used sanitarium property as North Park Village, a campus for city programs and social services. The redevelopment plan called for transforming the original hospital and grounds into senior citizen housing, a school for the developmentally disabled, and a wooded, 46-acre nature preserve. In addition, nearly 24 acres were developed as parkland. The Chicago Park District began leasing the site in 1977, and soon improved it with playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, and athletic fields. An existing building provided space for indoor recreation. Improvements made in the 1990s included the addition of two soft surface playgrounds and the creation of a gymnastics center in another of the old sanitarium buildings.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Free parking is available in our lot