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, a brand newplayground, two softball fields, six basketball standards and beautiful walking paths throughout the park.

At the park field house, youth can enjoy Mighty Fit Kids, Arts & Crafts, and Acting. Peterson Park has many early childhood programs that include Kiddie College, Mom, Pops, Tots, Young Scientists, Junior Detectives, Arts & ABC’s, Dino Diggers, Music & Movement and many more. There is also a fitness center for adults. 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 field house 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 Playground

Peterson Playground Accessible (1)

Notes: Renovated Fall 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Peterson Tennis Courts

Peterson Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

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 Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
 
*GYMNASTICS PROGRAM registration & session dates vary.   Click here for information on gymnastics programs at Peterson Park .

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
Acting at Peterson 222148InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$32.00
Art & ABCs at Peterson 202223InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$32.00
Arts & Crafts at Peterson 202275InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:15From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$32.00
Ballet - Beginner at Peterson 202314InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/12 16:15From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$29.00
Ballet - Beginner at Peterson 202315InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 17:15From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$29.00
Baseball Partnership at Peterson 202328PartnershipGroupSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2017 to October 26, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$70.00
Dino Diggers at Peterson 202738InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
$28.00
Fun and Games at Peterson 202999InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
$32.00
Fun and Games at Peterson 203000InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 17:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$32.00
Junior Detectives at Peterson 203170InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:15From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$17.00
Kickball Partnership at Peterson 203185PartnershipGroupSports - KickballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/09/08 21:00From September 8, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$70.00
Kickball Partnership at Peterson 203186PartnershipGroupSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/09/08 22:00From September 8, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$70.00
Kiddie College at Peterson 203250InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
$96.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Peterson 203438InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$18.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson Cancelled203497InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$40.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 203496InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$40.00
Music and Movement at Peterson 203524InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
$24.00
Science of Superheroes at Peterson 222150InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$32.00
Senior Citizens Club at Peterson 203963OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/14 17:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$0
T-Ball Partnership at Peterson 204241PartnershipGroupSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to October 26, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$70.00
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 204353PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/09/09 17:30From September 9, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$80.00
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 204354PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to October 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$70.00
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 204355PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to October 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$70.00
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 204352PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/09 16:30From September 9, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$80.00
Young Scientist at Peterson 204790InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 19:15From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
$24.00

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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, a brand newplayground, two softball fields, six basketball standards and beautiful walking paths throughout the park.

At the park field house, youth can enjoy Mighty Fit Kids, Arts & Crafts, and Acting. Peterson Park has many early childhood programs that include Kiddie College, Mom, Pops, Tots, Young Scientists, Junior Detectives, Arts & ABC’s, Dino Diggers, Music & Movement and many more. There is also a fitness center for adults. 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 field house 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