Pulaski Park

  • 1419 W. Blackhawk St.   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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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, thecontractors beganimprovements following the plans of renowned landscape designer Jens Jensen. A large fieldhouse 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 fieldhouse 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 Pulask 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 Casimer 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

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 Pulaski 110396InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2014/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 92000InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 92001InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 110394InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2014/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$50.00
Archery at Pulaski 92002InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 92003InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Archery at Pulaski 110395InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2014/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$50.00
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 92217OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 92219OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/08/29 18:30From August 29, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 92220OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 21Coed2014/08/30 00:30From August 29, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Pulaski 92218OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2014/09/20 18:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$60.00
Dance- Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at Pulaski 92743PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2014/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Dance- Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at Pulaski 92744PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2014/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Flag Football at Pulaski 92896Individual_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Fun and Games at Pulaski 92988InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/27 18:30From August 27, 2014 to December 10, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Pulaski 93866InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2014/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$25.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Pulaski 94077InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2014/09/02 19:30From September 2, 2014 to December 12, 2014
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
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
Play Production at Pulaski 110397InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2014/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Pulaski 94479OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2014/09/18 15:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$0
Soccer at Pulaski 94579InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2014/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$25.00
Soccer at Pulaski 94580InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2014/09/20 15:45From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$25.00
Soccer at Pulaski 94581InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2014/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Teen Club at Pulaski 94858OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/18 00:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$0
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

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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, thecontractors beganimprovements following the plans of renowned landscape designer Jens Jensen. A large fieldhouse 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 fieldhouse 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 Pulask 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 Casimer 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.