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.

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 Monday, August 15, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Peterson 162113InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Peterson 162168InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 21:15From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$30.00
Ballet - Beginner at Peterson 162223InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 16:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$27.00
Ballet - Beginner at Peterson 162224InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:15From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$27.00
Baseball Partnership at Peterson 185515PartnershipGroupSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2016 to October 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$70.00
Dino Diggers at Peterson 162651InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$26.00
Fun and Games at Peterson 162914InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
$30.00
Fun and Games at Peterson 162915InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 17:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$30.00
Game Room at Peterson 162945OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Junior Detectives at Peterson 184479InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$15.00
Kickball Partnership at Peterson 185516PartnershipGroupSports - KickballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2016 to October 28, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$70.00
Kickball Partnership at Peterson 185517PartnershipGroupSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2016 to October 28, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$70.00
Kiddie College at Peterson 163179InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$89.00
Little Artists at Peterson 184478InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 19:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$20.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Peterson 184477InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Peterson 163376InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 163430InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$38.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 163429InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$38.00
Music and Movement at Peterson 163460InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$22.00
Senior Citizens Club at Peterson 164008OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/22 18:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Peterson 185519PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2016 to October 23, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$70.00
Soccer Partnership at Peterson 185518PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2016 to October 23, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
$70.00
T-Ball Partnership at Peterson 185513PartnershipGroupSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2016 to October 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$70.00
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 185522PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2016/09/11 17:15From September 11, 2016 to October 23, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$70.00
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 185520PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/12 04:15From September 11, 2016 to October 23, 2016
Each Sunday from 11:15pm to 12:15am on the next day
$70.00
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 185521PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2016 to October 27, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$70.00
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 185523PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2016/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2016 to October 27, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$70.00
Young Scientist at Peterson 164769InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 19:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$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