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 Fitness Center

Peterson Fitness Center

Location Notes: 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.

Notes: M-F, 9-6pm; Sa-Su, Closed Sign up for a membership

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.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Art & ABCs at Peterson 89399InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$28.00
Arts & Crafts at Peterson 89465InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$28.00
Conditioning at Peterson 112367InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 29, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Free
Conditioning at Peterson 89821InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
Free
Conditioning at Peterson 89820InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Free
Fun and Games at Peterson 90129InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$28.00
Game Room at Peterson 90160OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Free
Kiddie College - Fall Session at Peterson 90395InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$85.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Peterson 111089Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom 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
Mighty Fit Kids at Peterson 90576InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 90673InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1y 7m but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$36.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 90672InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1y 7m but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$36.00
Music and Movement at Peterson 90701InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$20.00
Play School at Peterson 90910InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$36.00
Seasonal Sports at Peterson 91070InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$14.00
Senior Citizens Club at Peterson 91117OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Free
Tap & Ballet at Peterson 110716InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$25.00
Tot Spot at Peterson 91577InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
$25.00

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Description

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