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.

Please Note: the registration and program session dates for gymnastics centers vary from the dates listed below.  VIEW REGISTRATION & SESSION DATES FOR GYMNASTICS CENTERS.
 

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

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 save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 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
Acting at Peterson 187358InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$31.00
Art & ABCs at Peterson 169312InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$31.00
Arts & Crafts at Peterson 169370InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$31.00
Ballet - Beginner at Peterson 169404InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 17:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$28.00
Ballet - Beginner at Peterson 169403InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 17:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$28.00
Dino Diggers at Peterson 169817InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$27.00
Fun and Games at Peterson 170023InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
$31.00
Fun and Games at Peterson 170022InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 18:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$31.00
Junior Detectives at Peterson 187357InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$17.00
Kiddie College at Peterson 170315InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$93.00
Little Artists at Peterson 187356InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 20:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$22.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Peterson 170494InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$18.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Peterson 170493InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 170541InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1y 7m but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$39.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 170542InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1y 7m but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$39.00
Music and Movement at Peterson 170572InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$24.00
Senior Citizens Club at Peterson 170960OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Young Scientist at Peterson 171665InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 20:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$24.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Peterson 193306InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$32.00
Art & ABCs at Peterson 176426InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 19:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$32.00
Arts & Crafts at Peterson 176090InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 21:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$32.00
Ballet - Beginner at Peterson 176039InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 16:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$29.00
Ballet - Beginner at Peterson 176040InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 17:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$29.00
Baseball - Chicago Cubs Rookie League at Peterson 177081InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/05/02 22:00From May 2, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dino Diggers at Peterson 176396InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$28.00
Fun and Games at Peterson 176980InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
$32.00
Fun and Games at Peterson 176984InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 17:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$32.00
Game Room at Peterson 193463OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 14 but less than 17Coed2017/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Junior Detectives at Peterson 193303InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 18:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$17.00
Kiddie College at Peterson 176494InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$96.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Peterson 177904InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$18.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Peterson 177905InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 176361InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$40.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Peterson 176362InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$40.00
Music and Movement at Peterson 175978InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 17:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$24.00
Senior Citizens Club at Peterson 176874OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/06 17:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 177801PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/04/22 16:30From April 22, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$82.00
Tennis Partnership at Peterson 177796PartnershipGroupSports - TennisAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/04/22 17:30From April 22, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$82.00
Young Scientist at Peterson 176956InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 19:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$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