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

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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 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

Click on the Winter tab below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 28, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Pulaski 94138Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2014/09/02 19:30From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 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
$330.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Pulaski 98449InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Archery - Open at Pulaski 98609OpenSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/01/08 01:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$50.00
Archery - Open at Pulaski 98610OpenSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/01/10 01:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$50.00
Archery at Pulaski 113970InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 113971InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 98847OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2015/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 98848OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2015/01/10 01:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 98846OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$5.00
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 98845OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2015 to March 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Pulaski 98957InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$25.00
Basketball at Pulaski 98958InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 16:45From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$25.00
Basketball at Pulaski 98959InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Homework Time at Pulaski 113968InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2015/01/07 19:30From January 7, 2015 to March 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Pulaski 100469InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$25.00
Music and Movement at Pulaski 100514InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Music and Movement at Pulaski 100515InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Pulaski 100948InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/05 20:30From January 5, 2015 to April 1, 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
$110.00
Play Production at Pulaski 101009InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Pulaski 101360OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Pulaski 101693OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/08 01:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
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
Acting at Pulaski 104849InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/04/02 22:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 104991InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 104995InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/04/02 00:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$51.00
Archery at Pulaski 104992InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 104996InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/04/04 00:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$51.00
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 105269OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2015/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 105268OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$6.00
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 105270OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2015 to May 30, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Pulaski 105366InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 21Coed2015/04/04 00:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
Homework Time at Pulaski 121795InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2015/04/08 18:30From April 8, 2015 to June 10, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$31.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Pulaski 106694InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$26.00
Music and Movement at Pulaski 106740InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Music and Movement at Pulaski 106741InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Pulaski 106995InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 19:30From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 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
Play Production at Pulaski 107053InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Pulaski 107386OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
T-Ball at Pulaski 107712InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$26.00
T-Ball at Pulaski 107711InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 15:45From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$26.00
T-Ball at Pulaski 107713InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$26.00
Teen Club at Pulaski 107833OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 00:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
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.