West Pullman Park

  • 401 W. 123rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Ron Wright
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-7090

Located in the West Pullman neighborhood, West Pullman Park totals 15.64 acres and features an indoor swimming pool, two gymnasiums and multi-purpose clubrooms. A green feature of the park includes a natural savanna area. Outside, the park offers tennis/ basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, playground, and spray pool. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Therapeutic Recreation, arts & crafts, senior club, and Track E Break Camps. During the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, West Pullman Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

History

West Pullman Park was created by the West Pullman Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. In 1891, the West Pullman Land Association began subdividing property southwest of the Pullman Palace Car factory. The West Pullman Park District formed in 1913 to create parks for the developing neighborhood. By that time, the community was filled with steel mills and other industries. Wealthy industrialists lived virtually side by side with eastern and southern European immigrant workers who kept their factories running. To best meet the needs of both populations, the park district concentrated its efforts on establishing a single park that could provide both recreational facilities and social welfare programs. The West Pullman Park District began to acquire property in 1914. By 1915, a one-story brick fieldhouse stood on the new park site. Landscape improvements, including playgrounds, tennis courts, and baseball diamonds, soon followed. Increasing recreational opportunities were accompanied by a range of social welfare programs. Area employers such as the International Harvester and Great Lakes Forge companies actively supported park district efforts to provide civic education and health information to the community's "underprivileged." As early as 1918, the fieldhouse was the site of "Americanization" meetings intended to encourage immigrant to embrace the American way of life and become citizens. In 1923, with the cooperation of the Chicago Health Department, the park district opened a welfare station to dispense child care information to area mothers. Throughout the years, West Pullman Park has retained its beautiful natural setting. The site's mature stand of oaks, hickories, and cherries covers an ancient river bank. This wooded slope is one of Chicago's few remaining native landscapes.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Prairie Needle

Prairie Needle (1)

Location Notes: West Pullman Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Untitled Mural

Untitled Mural (1)

Location Notes: Field house hallway

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Various Mosaics

Various Mosaics (1)

Location Notes: Exterior flower planters, front facade of field house, hallway of field house

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

WWI War Memorial

WWI War Memorial (1)

Location Notes: Facing 123rd St.

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

West Pullmen Baseball Fields

West Pullmen Baseball Fields

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

West Pullman Basketball Courts

West Pullman Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

West Pullman Cultural Centers

West Pullman Cultural Centers

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

West Pullman Football Field

West Pullman Football Field

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

Descriptors: Grass

West Pullman Gymnasiums

West Pullman Gymnasiums

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

West Pullman Meeting / Event Space

West Pullman Meeting / Event Space

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

West Pullman Playground

West Pullman PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

West Pullman Savannas and Woodlands

West Pullman Savannas and Woodlands

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

West Pullman Park Pool

West Pullman Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)747-7340

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift

West Pullman Tennis Courts

West Pullman Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

West Pullman Water Spray Features

West Pullman Water Spray Features

Location Notes: 401 W. 123rd St.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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
Lap Swim at West Pullman 173486OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 16:15From January 9, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11:15am
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$40.00
TEAM Sports at West Pullman 174763InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at West Pullman 178181OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at West Pullman 178291InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 13:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 8:15am to 9:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at West Pullman 178294InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at West Pullman 178296InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 13:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8:15am to 9:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at West Pullman 178295InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at West Pullman 178297InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 13:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8:15am to 9:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at West Pullman 178292InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 14:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at West Pullman 178298InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 13:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 8:15am to 9:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at West Pullman 178293InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 14:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at West Pullman 178299InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 13:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 8:15am to 9:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at West Pullman 178334InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts Workshop - Family at West Pullman 178412InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts4 and upCoed2017/04/08 19:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$7.00
Ballet - Beginner at West Pullman 200054InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Ballet - Intermediate at West Pullman 200056InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
Baseball Officiating at West Pullman 199978InstructionSports - Officiating18 and upCoed2017/03/23 23:30From March 23, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$4.00
Basketball - Open at West Pullman 178643OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$120.00
Basketball - Open at West Pullman 178642OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Male2017/04/05 23:30From April 5, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$0
Basketball - Open at West Pullman 178645OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Female2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$0
Basketball - Open at West Pullman 178644OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2017/04/07 23:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$0
Basketball at West Pullman 178696InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Baton & Pom Pom at West Pullman 200061InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$0
Baton & Pom Pom at West Pullman 200060InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Cooking (Special Recreation) at West Pullman 197971InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help13 and upCoed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$5.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at West Pullman 179045InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 40Coed2017/04/03 19:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 7pm
$30.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Red) at West Pullman 181118InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 20 but less than 40Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at West Pullman 200058InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at West Pullman 200059InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Dance - Tap at West Pullman 200055InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Dance - Tap at West Pullman 200057InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 19:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at West Pullman 197973CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/04/07 15:00April 7, 2017
Friday from 10am to 3pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at West Pullman 197972CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/04/10 15:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at West Pullman 197974CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/06/21 15:00From June 21, 2017 to June 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at West Pullman 179213OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Lap Swim at West Pullman 179838OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$40.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at West Pullman 179852InstructionAquatics - Lessons20 and upCoed2017/04/05 16:30From April 5, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$0
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at West Pullman 179853InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 8 but less than 50Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 3, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Learn to Swim at West Pullman 180010InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Learn to Swim at West Pullman 180009InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:45From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at West Pullman 180015InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Learn to Swim at West Pullman 180012InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at West Pullman 180011InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at West Pullman 180013InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at West Pullman 180014InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mixed Media Arts at West Pullman 197969InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/04/06 22:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$7.00
Mixed Media Arts at West Pullman 180102InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 22:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Painting at West Pullman 180259InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting21 and upCoed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$8.00
Park Kids - Spring at West Pullman 180412InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$22.00
Quilting at West Pullman 180651InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles21 and upCoed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$8.00
Seasonal Sports at West Pullman 180811InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:15From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at West Pullman 180814InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 19Male2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at West Pullman 180815InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Female2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at West Pullman 180816InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Female2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at West Pullman 180818InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Female2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at West Pullman 180882InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 18Male2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at West Pullman 180921OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$0
Silk Screen at West Pullman 197968InstructionCulture and Arts - PrintmakingAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/04/07 20:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Silk Screen at West Pullman 197967InstructionCulture and Arts - Printmaking18 and upCoed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Silk Screen at West Pullman 180946InstructionCulture and Arts - PrintmakingAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at West Pullman 181103InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 8 but less than 41Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at West Pullman 181102InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs8 and upCoed2017/04/08 19:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Special Olympics Bowling at West Pullman 181116InstructionSports - Bowling20 and upCoed2017/04/07 15:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at West Pullman 181134InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports20 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$4.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at West Pullman 181135InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports20 and upCoed2017/04/05 18:00From April 5, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$4.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at West Pullman 181133InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 50Coed2017/04/08 15:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 1pm
$4.00
TEAM Sports at West Pullman 181362InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Club at West Pullman 181410OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/07 22:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at West Pullman 181700InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Volleyball - Open at West Pullman 197970OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at West Pullman 182189OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0

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Located in the West Pullman neighborhood, West Pullman Park totals 15.64 acres and features an indoor swimming pool, two gymnasiums and multi-purpose clubrooms. A green feature of the park includes a natural savanna area. Outside, the park offers tennis/ basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, playground, and spray pool. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Therapeutic Recreation, arts & crafts, senior club, and Track E Break Camps. During the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, West Pullman Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

West Pullman Park was created by the West Pullman Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. In 1891, the West Pullman Land Association began subdividing property southwest of the Pullman Palace Car factory. The West Pullman Park District formed in 1913 to create parks for the developing neighborhood. By that time, the community was filled with steel mills and other industries. Wealthy industrialists lived virtually side by side with eastern and southern European immigrant workers who kept their factories running. To best meet the needs of both populations, the park district concentrated its efforts on establishing a single park that could provide both recreational facilities and social welfare programs. The West Pullman Park District began to acquire property in 1914. By 1915, a one-story brick fieldhouse stood on the new park site. Landscape improvements, including playgrounds, tennis courts, and baseball diamonds, soon followed. Increasing recreational opportunities were accompanied by a range of social welfare programs. Area employers such as the International Harvester and Great Lakes Forge companies actively supported park district efforts to provide civic education and health information to the community's "underprivileged." As early as 1918, the fieldhouse was the site of "Americanization" meetings intended to encourage immigrant to embrace the American way of life and become citizens. In 1923, with the cooperation of the Chicago Health Department, the park district opened a welfare station to dispense child care information to area mothers. Throughout the years, West Pullman Park has retained its beautiful natural setting. The site's mature stand of oaks, hickories, and cherries covers an ancient river bank. This wooded slope is one of Chicago's few remaining native landscapes.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.