Pulaski Park

  • 1419 W. Blackhawk St.   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
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  • 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

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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

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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 Water Play Area

Pulaski Water Play Area

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

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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
16" Softball League at Pulaski 104840Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to July 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$459.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Pulaski 118422CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$240.00
Early Bird Camp at Pulaski 118541CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$82.00
Extended Camp at Pulaski 118620CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$82.00
Family Swim at Pulaski 118894OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Lap Swim at Pulaski 119377OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/13 16:00From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Pulaski 131927CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$50.00
Leadership Camp at Pulaski 119483CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$240.00
Learn to Swim at Pulaski 119622InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/21 17:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Pulaski 119621InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Open Swim at Pulaski 120406OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 21:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:45pm
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:45pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Pulaski 130739OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 23:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Lap Swim at Pulaski 130740OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/25 16:00From August 25, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$40.00
POST Open Swim at Pulaski 130741OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 21:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:45pm
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:45pm
$0
POST Open Swim at Pulaski 131821OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:45pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Pulaski 130742OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 17:00From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Pulaski 121185InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Pulaski 124928InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Archery - Open at Pulaski 125096OpenSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/09/17 00:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$51.00
Archery - Open at Pulaski 125097OpenSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/09/19 00:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$51.00
Archery at Pulaski 125098InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 125099InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 125356OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/11 18:30From September 11, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 125357OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 21Coed2015/09/12 00:30From September 11, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 125355OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$6.00
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 125354OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Dance- Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at Pulaski 125866PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Dance- Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at Pulaski 125867PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Fun and Games at Pulaski 126170InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/09/02 18:30From September 2, 2015 to December 16, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$31.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Pulaski 127129InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$26.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Pulaski 127363InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/09/08 19:30From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 2015
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
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
Play Production at Pulaski 127502InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Pulaski 127859OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$0
Soccer at Pulaski 127969InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$26.00
Soccer at Pulaski 127970InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 15:45From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$26.00
Soccer at Pulaski 127971InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Teen Club at Pulaski 128206OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/17 00:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0

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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.