Gompers Park

  • 4222 W. Foster Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60630 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Denise Raymond
  • Park 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%

Samuel Gompers Monument

Samuel Gompers Monument (1)

Location Notes: South of W. Foster Avenue and west of N. Pulaski Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Gompers Baseball

Gompers Baseball

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: West Diamond

Gompers Baseball / Softball

Gompers Baseball / Softball

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: East Diamond

Gompers Fieldhouse

Gompers Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Hours: , ,

Gompers Fishing Area

Gompers Fishing Area

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Gymnasium

Gompers Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Gymnasium

Gompers Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Lagoon

Gompers Lagoon

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: Gompers Park Lagoon

Gompers Auditorium & Clubroom

Gompers Auditorium & Clubroom

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: auditorium and east room

Gompers Picnic Groves

Gompers Picnic Groves

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Playground

Gompers PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Gompers Prairie

Gompers Prairie

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: Gompers Park

Gompers Roller Hockey Rink

Gompers Roller Hockey Rink

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Park Pool

Gompers Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773)685-3305

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Gompers Tennis Courts

Gompers Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Wetlands

Gompers Wetlands

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Events

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Shop & Drop at Gompers

Location: Gompers Park, Chicago, IL  60630

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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
Basketball - Open at Gompers 162252OpenSports - Basketball20 and upCoed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:45pm
$12.00
Dodgeball at Gompers 162660InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Indoor Soccer at Gompers 163055InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 21:45From September 20, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Pickleball at Gompers 163666InstructionSports - Pickleball21 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:15From September 20, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 8:45pm
$12.00
Pickleball at Gompers 163667InstructionSports - Pickleball21 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:15From September 21, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 8:45pm
$12.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 164499OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to December 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$15.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 164500OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$15.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Archery at Gompers 169300InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$13.00
Archery at Gompers 169296InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Archery at Gompers 169301InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$13.00
Archery at Gompers 169294InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Archery at Gompers 169297InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Archery at Gompers 169295InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/01/13 22:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$13.00
Badminton at Gompers 187571InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/02/15 21:15From February 15, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$8.00
Badminton at Gompers 169397InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$13.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 169405PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 169406PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$13.00
Basketball - Open at Gompers 169436OpenSports - Basketball20 and upCoed2017/01/14 00:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 10, 2017
$13.00
Basketball at Gompers 169490InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Basketball at Gompers 189472InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/01/12 23:15From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Basketball at Gompers 189471InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Basketball at Gompers 189473InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 21:30From January 14, 2017 to March 4, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Basketball League at Gompers 169566Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/01/14 19:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$29.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 189470InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/17 19:45From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$29.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 169630InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 15:15From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 12:15pm
$29.00
Circuit Training at Gompers 171415InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$15.00
Dodgeball at Gompers 169827InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 169907InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 189474InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 19:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 169951InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/20 22:30From January 20, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 170005InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 170004InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 170037InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 170036InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 20:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$13.00
Golf at Gompers 170067InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 21:15From January 11, 2017 to February 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$8.00
Kiddie College at Gompers 170289InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$108.00
Little Artists at Gompers 170464InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Little Artists at Gompers 170463InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/12 19:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Little Yogis at Gompers Cancelled189475InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/17 22:30From January 17, 2017 to March 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Gompers 170262InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Gompers 189477InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/01/18 16:30From January 18, 2017 to March 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$16.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Gompers 189478InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/01/20 16:30From January 20, 2017 to March 3, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$16.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Gompers 189476InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/01/18 15:30From January 18, 2017 to March 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$16.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Gompers 189466InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$16.00
Pickleball - Open at Gompers 170727OpenSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$13.00
Pickleball at Gompers 170729InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$13.00
Play School at Gompers 170753InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$42.00
Recreational Tumbling at Gompers 170818InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports at Gompers 189469InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$13.00
Soccer at Gompers 171042InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/12 22:45From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Soccer at Gompers 171041InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 19:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Strength & Conditioning at Gompers 189479InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 17:30From January 11, 2017 to March 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Gompers 189480InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/13 17:30From January 13, 2017 to March 3, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
T-Ball at Gompers 171190InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Team Tumbling at Gompers 171266InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$13.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 171391InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 171390InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 171424OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$16.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 171425OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2017/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$16.00
Yoga at Gompers Cancelled171611InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$23.00
Yoga at Gompers 170263InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$15.00

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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.

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%