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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
Archery at Gompers 202208InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 202204InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 202207InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 222160InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 22:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 202203InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 202205InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 202206InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2017/09/15 21:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$14.00
Badminton - Open at Gompers 202299OpenSports - Badminton21 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$14.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 202316InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/11 21:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$14.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 202317InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/11 22:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$14.00
Basketball - Open at Gompers 202346OpenSports - Basketball20 and upCoed2017/09/15 23:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 8:45pm
$14.00
Basketball at Gompers 224290InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$14.00
Basketball at Gompers 202401InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/09/14 22:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Basketball at Gompers 202402InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$14.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 202534InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Boot Camp at Gompers 202839InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$24.00
Circuit Training at Gompers 202634InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$14.00
Dodgeball at Gompers 202747InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/09/12 21:15From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$14.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 202917InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$14.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 202980InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 202979InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 203012InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$14.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 203013InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$14.00
Golf at Gompers 203034InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/11/08 23:30From November 8, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$7.00
Indoor Soccer at Gompers 203126InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Kiddie College at Gompers 203223InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$112.00
Little Artists at Gompers 203403InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Little Artists at Gompers 203404InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/14 18:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Pickleball - Open at Gompers 203706OpenSports - Pickleball21 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$14.00
Pickleball - Open at Gompers 203707OpenSports - Pickleball21 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$14.00
Play School at Gompers 203730InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$44.00
Recreational Tumbling at Gompers 203784InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Soccer at Gompers 204051InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 18:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Soccer at Gompers 224291InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
T-Ball at Gompers 204239InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Team Tumbling at Gompers 204295InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 17Coed2017/09/11 21:15From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$14.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 204440InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 204439InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 204481OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$17.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 204482OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$17.00
Yoga at Gompers 204730InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$24.00
Yoga/Pilates at Gompers 204731InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$14.00
Young Scientist at Gompers 224292InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/12 22:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Abs & Core at Gompers 228208InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 02:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$14.00
Abs & Core at Gompers 228209InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 02:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 228355InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2018/01/09 19:45From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 208961InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 208959InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 208962InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 208957InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2018/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 208960InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2018/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Archery at Gompers 208958InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2018/01/12 22:15From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$14.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 209055PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$14.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 209056PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2018/01/08 23:15From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$14.00
Basketball - Open at Gompers 227094OpenSports - Basketball21 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$14.00
Basketball - Open at Gompers 209092OpenSports - Basketball20 and upCoed2018/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 9, 2018
$14.00
Basketball at Gompers 227095InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2018/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Basketball at Gompers 209139InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2018/01/11 23:15From January 11, 2018 to March 8, 2018
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Basketball at Gompers 209138InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2018/01/19 21:30From January 19, 2018 to March 23, 2018
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$14.00
Basketball League at Gompers 209219Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2018/01/20 19:00From January 20, 2018 to March 24, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$30.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 209284InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/16 19:45From January 16, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 209283InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2018/01/20 15:30From January 20, 2018 to March 24, 2018
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Boot Camp at Gompers 228218InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$24.00
Boot Camp at Gompers 228219InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$24.00
Dodgeball at Gompers 209482InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2018/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$14.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 209595InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2018/01/19 22:30From January 19, 2018 to March 23, 2018
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$14.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 209650InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 209649InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 209684InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2018/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$14.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 209683InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 19:45From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$14.00
Golf at Gompers 209705InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2018 to February 7, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$7.00
Golf at Gompers 226412InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/02/14 23:30From February 14, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$7.00
Kiddie College at Gompers 209901InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$112.00
Little Artists at Gompers 210078InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Little Artists at Gompers 210077InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2018/01/11 19:45From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Pickleball - Open at Gompers 210338OpenSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$14.00
Pickleball - Open at Gompers 210340OpenSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$14.00
Play School at Gompers 210355InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$44.00
Recreational Tumbling at Gompers 210424InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Soccer at Gompers 210625InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2018/01/16 23:00From January 16, 2018 to March 6, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Soccer at Gompers 210624InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 19:45From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Soccer at Gompers 227096InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2018/01/18 21:30From January 18, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Spikeball at Gompers 227715InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2018/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
T-Ball at Gompers 210790InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 19:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Team Tumbling at Gompers 210862InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$14.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 211004InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 211003InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2018/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 211043OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$17.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 211044OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2018/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$17.00
Yoga at Gompers 228252InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$24.00
Yoga at Gompers 228253InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$24.00

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Description

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%