Pulaski Park

  • 1419 W. Blackhawk St.   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: James Boldt
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7559

Located in the West Town Community Area, Pulaski Park totals 3.8 acres and features an auditorium, two gymnasiums, a kitchen and meeting rooms. The third floor tower room is used as an office for Free Street Theater, a non-profit organization that provides programming through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residence Program. Outside, the park offers a softball diamond, interactive water spray feature and a swimming pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play baseball or go swimming at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp

In addition to programs, Pulaski Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday celebrations, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

History

The West Park Commissioners created Pulaski Park in 1912, as part of an effort to expand neighborhood parks throughout the congested west side. Several years earlier, Dvorak, Eckhart and Stanford Parks opened, providing tenement districts with breathing spaces and social services including public bathing, branch libraries, children's playgrounds, athletics and inexpensive hot meals.

Sites were soon identified for new parks, including a 3.8-acre parcel in West Town — a crowded, predominantly Polish neighborhood of factories and workers' housing. To make way for the park, the West Park Commission had to displace 1,200 people, demolishing some buildings, and moving others to nearby locations in the neighborhood.

After filling the low site, the contractors began improvements following the plans of renowned landscape designer Jens Jensen. A large field house and outdoor swimming facility were constructed in 1914. Incorporating elements such as tile roofs, half-timbering, a tower, dormers and verandahs, architect William Carbys Zimmerman designed the three-story brick field house to emulate Eastern European architecture familiar to the immigrant community.

In 1919, Jensen met with officials at the Art Institute of Chicago to discuss the idea of a competition for art students to paint a mural on the semi-circular proscenium above the stage in the Pulaski Park field house. The park commissioners provided the prizes of $100, $50 and $25, and instructors at the School of the Art Institute selected the winners. The first prize went to James G. Gilbert, who received $200 for materials as well as the $100 prize. In 1920, Gilbert painted his mural composed of a dramatic series of allegorical figures. A second mural, hidden in the upper tower room, portrays Polish themes. A Chicago Park District arts and crafts class created this painting in the late 1930s. 

The park pays tribute to Casimir Pulaski (c. 1748-1779) a Polish war hero who fought for the American cause in the Revolutionary War. After distinguishing himself in the Battle of Brandywine, Pulaski was appointed by Congress as Brigadier-General. Pulaski died in action at the Battle of Savannah.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Proscenium Arch Mural

Proscenium Arch Mural (1)

Location Notes: Field house auditorium proscenium arc

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Tower Room Mural

Tower Room Mural (1)

Location Notes: Third-floor tower of the field house

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Softball Diamond

Softball Diamond

Location Notes: 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Chicago IL 60622

Pulaski Fieldhouse

Pulaski Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Chicago IL 60622

Hours: , ,

Pulaski Gymnasiums

Pulaski Gymnasiums

Location Notes: 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Chicago IL 60622

Pulaski Auditorium & Clubrooms

Pulaski Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Chicago IL 60622

Pulaski Park Pool

Pulaski Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Chicago IL 60622

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)742-9918

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp

Pulaski Water Play Area

Pulaski Water Play Area

Location Notes: 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Chicago IL 60622

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 Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 6, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Pulaski 167391Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$342.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Pulaski 174028InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2017 to April 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$114.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Pulaski 178151Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2017/05/02 23:00From May 2, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$491.00
Archery at Pulaski 178342InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/04/05 23:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 178343InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/04/07 23:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 178602OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2017/04/07 18:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 178603OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/08 20:30From April 8, 2017 to June 3, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Pulaski 178686InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 21Coed2017/04/08 00:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
Homework Time at Pulaski 179519InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/04/12 18:30From April 12, 2017 to June 14, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$34.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Pulaski 180160InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$29.00
Music and Movement at Pulaski 180195InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Music and Movement at Pulaski 180196InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Pulaski 180394InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/04/03 19:30From April 3, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$114.00
Play Production at Pulaski 180604InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Pulaski 180910OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
T-Ball at Pulaski 181278InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 14:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$29.00
T-Ball at Pulaski 181277InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:45From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$29.00
T-Ball at Pulaski 181279InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$29.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Pulaski 198431InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Pulaski 198432InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/04/07 16:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0

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Located in the West Town Community Area, Pulaski Park totals 3.8 acres and features an auditorium, two gymnasiums, a kitchen and meeting rooms. The third floor tower room is used as an office for Free Street Theater, a non-profit organization that provides programming through the Chicago Park District’s Arts Partners in Residence Program. Outside, the park offers a softball diamond, interactive water spray feature and a swimming pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play baseball or go swimming at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp

In addition to programs, Pulaski Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday celebrations, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

The West Park Commissioners created Pulaski Park in 1912, as part of an effort to expand neighborhood parks throughout the congested west side. Several years earlier, Dvorak, Eckhart and Stanford Parks opened, providing tenement districts with breathing spaces and social services including public bathing, branch libraries, children's playgrounds, athletics and inexpensive hot meals.

Sites were soon identified for new parks, including a 3.8-acre parcel in West Town — a crowded, predominantly Polish neighborhood of factories and workers' housing. To make way for the park, the West Park Commission had to displace 1,200 people, demolishing some buildings, and moving others to nearby locations in the neighborhood.

After filling the low site, the contractors began improvements following the plans of renowned landscape designer Jens Jensen. A large field house and outdoor swimming facility were constructed in 1914. Incorporating elements such as tile roofs, half-timbering, a tower, dormers and verandahs, architect William Carbys Zimmerman designed the three-story brick field house to emulate Eastern European architecture familiar to the immigrant community.

In 1919, Jensen met with officials at the Art Institute of Chicago to discuss the idea of a competition for art students to paint a mural on the semi-circular proscenium above the stage in the Pulaski Park field house. The park commissioners provided the prizes of $100, $50 and $25, and instructors at the School of the Art Institute selected the winners. The first prize went to James G. Gilbert, who received $200 for materials as well as the $100 prize. In 1920, Gilbert painted his mural composed of a dramatic series of allegorical figures. A second mural, hidden in the upper tower room, portrays Polish themes. A Chicago Park District arts and crafts class created this painting in the late 1930s. 

The park pays tribute to Casimir Pulaski (c. 1748-1779) a Polish war hero who fought for the American cause in the Revolutionary War. After distinguishing himself in the Battle of Brandywine, Pulaski was appointed by Congress as Brigadier-General. Pulaski died in action at the Battle of Savannah.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.