Gompers Park

  • 4222 W. Foster Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60630 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Denise Raymond
  • Phone: (773) 685-3270

Located at the corner of Foster and Pulaski Avenues in the North Park community, Gompers Park covers nearly 39 acres. The park straddles the Chicago River and features rehabilitated wetlands and a lagoon with pier access that lends itself to many environmental activities.

The park hosts an Uban Camp and Under Illinois Sky, Family Campout , River Rescue Clean-up, as well as stewardship and gardening opportunities.

In addition to an outdoor pool, Gompers Park has a playground, three junior baseball fields, one football field, one basketball courts, five tennis courts, a roller hockey-skating area, and a spray pool. Inside the park fieldhouse are several activity rooms, a gymnasium, and an auditorium with a stage.

Gompers Park's preschool programs include: ballet, arts& crafts, preschool activities, tiny tot tumbling, seasonal sports--as well as Tots Spot (for 12 to 36-month-olds).

Youth participate in sports such as basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, and soccer. Other popular activities include Kids Nite Out, tap, ballet, Park Kids after school program and gymnastics.

Teens enjoy basketball and gymnastics - as well as getting involved with the new park teen club.

Seniors can participate in conditioning and stretching classes.

History

Gompers Park was created by the Albany Park District, one of 22 independent park districts consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. In 1926, not long after the Albany Park District identified nearly 40 acres of wooded farmland along the North Branch of the Chicago River, landscape architect Henry J. Stockman prepared a plan to transform the property into parkland. Improvements began almost as soon as initial land purchases were completed in 1927. By 1932, in addition to wooded areas and a natural stream dammed to create lagoons, the property had basketball courts, archery ranges, football fields, and playgrounds. Clarence Hatzfeld, a Chicago architect and member of the Albany Park board, designed the park's Tudor Revival-style fieldhouse. In 1934, financial pressures created by the Great Depression prompted formation of the Chicago Park District. Using federal funding through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the park district soon began rehabilitating the southern portion of the park, constructing tennis courts, a footbridge over the river, a dam and spillway for the lower lagoon. After adding a wading pool in 1946, the park district built a full-sized swimming pool 30 years later. In the mid-1990s, with tremendous community support, the park district began restoring the wetlands along the south bank of the river according to plans prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In its earliest days, Gompers Park was briefly known as Matson Park, for Samuel Matson, Superintendent of the Albany Park District. Albany Park District President Henry A. Schwartz, an official of the shoemakers' union, soon convinced the park board that it was inappropriate to name the park for a living person. In 1929, the district renamed the site in honor of Samuel Gompers (1850-1924), long-time president of the American Federation of Labor. Elected president of his local cigar makers' union in 1875, Gompers progressed quickly through the ranks, becoming the AFL's first president in 1886. During his 40-year tenure, AFL membership grew from 150,000 to 2,900,000, and the average wage for skilled labor increased by 250%

Gompers Baseball

Gompers Baseball

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: West Diamond

Gompers Baseball / Softball

Gompers Baseball / Softball

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: East Diamond

Gompers Fieldhouse

Gompers Fieldhouse

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Fishing Area

Gompers Fishing Area

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Gymnasium

Gompers Gymnasium

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Gymnasium

Gompers Gymnasium

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Lagoon

Gompers Lagoon

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: Gompers Park Lagoon

Gompers Auditorium & Clubroom

Gompers Auditorium & Clubroom

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: auditorium and east room

Gompers Picnic Groves

Gompers Picnic Groves

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Playground

Gompers Playground

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Prairie

Gompers Prairie

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: Gompers Park

Gompers Roller Hocker Rink

Gompers Roller Hocker Rink

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Tennis Courts

Gompers Tennis Courts

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Wetlands

Gompers Wetlands

Location: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Events

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Family Camping at Gompers

Location: Gompers Park, Chicago, IL  IL

Summer
Online registration for our park began Monday, April 7. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 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
Day Camp at Gompers 80961CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$333.00
Family Swim at Gompers 87243OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Free
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 86889InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 86929InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 86930InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 86884InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
KidzEnergy at Gompers 86879InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Lap Swim at Gompers 87413OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
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 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 81292InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 81291InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 81293InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Open Swim at Gompers 87240OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom June 14, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Gompers 87241OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Free
Play Camp at Gompers 81459CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$165.00
Play Camp at Gompers 86702CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$165.00
Soccer at Gompers 86281InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
Free
Soccer at Gompers 86281InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
Free
Yoga at Gompers 86886InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00

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Located at the corner of Foster and Pulaski Avenues in the North Park community, Gompers Park covers nearly 39 acres. The park straddles the Chicago River and features rehabilitated wetlands and a lagoon with pier access that lends itself to many environmental activities.

The park hosts an Uban Camp and Under Illinois Sky, Family Campout , River Rescue Clean-up, as well as stewardship and gardening opportunities.

In addition to an outdoor pool, Gompers Park has a playground, three junior baseball fields, one football field, one basketball courts, five tennis courts, a roller hockey-skating area, and a spray pool. Inside the park fieldhouse are several activity rooms, a gymnasium, and an auditorium with a stage.

Gompers Park's preschool programs include: ballet, arts& crafts, preschool activities, tiny tot tumbling, seasonal sports--as well as Tots Spot (for 12 to 36-month-olds).

Youth participate in sports such as basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, and soccer. Other popular activities include Kids Nite Out, tap, ballet, Park Kids after school program and gymnastics.

Teens enjoy basketball and gymnastics - as well as getting involved with the new park teen club.

Seniors can participate in conditioning and stretching classes.

SEP
13

Family Camping at Gompers

Location: Gompers Park, Chicago, IL  IL

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 4222 W. Foster Ave. 2 West Diamond
Baseball Field 4222 W. Foster Ave. 1 East Diamond
Fieldhouse 4222 W. Foster Ave. 0
Fishing Areas 4222 W. Foster Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 4222 W. Foster Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 4222 W. Foster Ave. 1
Lagoons and Ponds 4222 W. Foster Ave. 1 Gompers Park Lagoon
Meeting/Event Space 4222 W. Foster Ave. 2 auditorium and east room
Picnic Groves 4222 W. Foster Ave. 4
Playgrounds 4222 W. Foster Ave. 0
Prairies & Grasslands 4222 W. Foster Ave. 1 Gompers Park
Roller Hockey Rinks 4222 W. Foster Ave. 1
Swimming Pools 4222 W. Foster Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 4222 W. Foster Ave. 5
Wetlands 4222 W. Foster Ave. 1

Gompers Park was created by the Albany Park District, one of 22 independent park districts consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. In 1926, not long after the Albany Park District identified nearly 40 acres of wooded farmland along the North Branch of the Chicago River, landscape architect Henry J. Stockman prepared a plan to transform the property into parkland. Improvements began almost as soon as initial land purchases were completed in 1927. By 1932, in addition to wooded areas and a natural stream dammed to create lagoons, the property had basketball courts, archery ranges, football fields, and playgrounds. Clarence Hatzfeld, a Chicago architect and member of the Albany Park board, designed the park's Tudor Revival-style fieldhouse. In 1934, financial pressures created by the Great Depression prompted formation of the Chicago Park District. Using federal funding through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the park district soon began rehabilitating the southern portion of the park, constructing tennis courts, a footbridge over the river, a dam and spillway for the lower lagoon. After adding a wading pool in 1946, the park district built a full-sized swimming pool 30 years later. In the mid-1990s, with tremendous community support, the park district began restoring the wetlands along the south bank of the river according to plans prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In its earliest days, Gompers Park was briefly known as Matson Park, for Samuel Matson, Superintendent of the Albany Park District. Albany Park District President Henry A. Schwartz, an official of the shoemakers' union, soon convinced the park board that it was inappropriate to name the park for a living person. In 1929, the district renamed the site in honor of Samuel Gompers (1850-1924), long-time president of the American Federation of Labor. Elected president of his local cigar makers' union in 1875, Gompers progressed quickly through the ranks, becoming the AFL's first president in 1886. During his 40-year tenure, AFL membership grew from 150,000 to 2,900,000, and the average wage for skilled labor increased by 250%