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
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 Football/Soccer Fields

Peterson Football/Soccer Fields

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

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 Playgrounds

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Peterson Tennis Courts

Peterson Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

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 Monday, April 13, 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
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Peterson 111089Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$255.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Peterson 102465InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 19:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Peterson 102533InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 21:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$29.00
Ballet - Beginner at Peterson 102578InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 16:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$26.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Peterson 102598InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/28 22:00From April 28, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Chair Exercise at Peterson 121695InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
Conditioning at Peterson 121698InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/01 18:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Fun and Games at Peterson 103098InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$29.00
Game Room - Open at Peterson 103129OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Kiddie College - Spring Session at Peterson 103335InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$87.00
Line Dance at Peterson 121697InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Peterson 103516InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 103619InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$37.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 103618InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$37.00
Music and Movement at Peterson 103648InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$21.00
Seasonal Sports at Peterson 104004InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/31 20:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$11.00
Senior Citizens Club at Peterson 104078OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Tot Spot at Peterson 104534OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
$26.00
Weight Training at Peterson 130138InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Young Scientist at Peterson 121696InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/04/06 19:15From April 6, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$21.00
Young Scientist at Peterson 121694InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 19:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Peterson 116234CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$340.00
Leadership Camp at Peterson 116754CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$145.00
Nature Camp (Special Recreation) at Peterson 116944CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/17 15:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$0
Outdoor Tennis at Peterson 117437InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/07/20 14:00From July 20, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$21.00
Outdoor Tennis at Peterson 117436InstructionSports - TennisAt least 12 but less than 15Coed2015/07/20 15:30From July 20, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$21.00
Play Camp at Peterson 117533CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$53.00
Play Camp at Peterson 117534CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/08/10 16:30From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$73.00
Soccer League at Peterson 117639Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/08/12 22:00From August 12, 2015 to September 16, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$39.00

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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