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

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

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.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
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
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.