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 [3.80] acres and features an auditorium, 2 gymnasiums, a kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, 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 and Movies in the Park.

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, Jens 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: Playground Art

Tower Room Mural

Tower Room Mural (1)

Location Notes: Third-floor tower of the field house

Descriptors: Playground Art

Pulaski Diamond

Pulaski 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

Pulaski Water Play Area

Pulaski Water Play Area

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

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Pulaski 127446Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/09/08 19:30From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 2016
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
$336.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Archery - Open at Pulaski 136385OpenSports - Archery18 and upCoed2016/01/07 01:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$51.00
Archery - Open at Pulaski 136386OpenSports - Archery18 and upCoed2016/01/09 01:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$51.00
Archery at Pulaski 136390InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 136391InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 136622OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2016/01/08 19:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 136623OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 21Coed2016/01/09 01:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 136621OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$6.00
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 136620OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Pulaski 136727InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$26.00
Basketball at Pulaski 136728InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 16:45From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$26.00
Basketball at Pulaski 136729InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Homework Time at Pulaski 137576InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2016 to March 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$31.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Pulaski 138198InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$26.00
Music and Movement at Pulaski 138238InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Music and Movement at Pulaski 138239InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Pulaski 138406InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/01/04 20:30From January 4, 2016 to March 30, 2016
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
$112.00
Play Production at Pulaski 138469InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Pulaski 138799OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Pulaski 139161OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/01/07 01:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Pulaski 142517Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2016/04/26 23:00From April 26, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$468.00
Archery at Pulaski 142678InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 142679InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 142937OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2016/04/01 18:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 142936OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/04/02 18:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$70.00
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 142938OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/04/02 20:30From April 2, 2016 to May 28, 2016
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Pulaski 143026InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 21Coed2016/04/02 00:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
Homework Time at Pulaski 143779InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/04/06 18:30From April 6, 2016 to June 8, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$32.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Pulaski 144394InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 15:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$27.00
Music and Movement at Pulaski 144437InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 15:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Music and Movement at Pulaski 144438InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Pulaski 144624InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/03/28 19:30From March 28, 2016 to June 17, 2016
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
$112.00
Play Production at Pulaski 144679InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Pulaski 145152OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
T-Ball at Pulaski 145522InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 14:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$27.00
T-Ball at Pulaski 145521InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 15:45From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$27.00
T-Ball at Pulaski 145523InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$27.00
Teen Club at Pulaski 145643OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/31 00:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0

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Description

Located in the West Town Community Area, Pulaski Park totals [3.80] acres and features an auditorium, 2 gymnasiums, a kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, 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 and Movies in the Park.

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, Jens 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.