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.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.
Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

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.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:
Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
 
 

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 194109CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$375.00
Day Camp at Peterson 201291CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$375.00
Leadership Camp at Peterson 194397CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$155.00
Play Camp at Peterson 194671CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/08/14 15:00From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$53.00
Tennis at Peterson 194925InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/07/17 14:00From July 17, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$23.00
Tennis at Peterson 194924InstructionSports - TennisAt least 12 but less than 15Coed2017/07/17 15:30From July 17, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$23.00

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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