Gompers Park

  • 4222 W. Foster Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60630 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Denise Raymond
  • Park Phone: (773) 685-3270
Holiday Hours: 12/20, 8:30am-4:30pm; 12/21 closed; 12/22 9am-9pm; 12/23 9am-5pm; 12/24 8am-4pm; 12/25 closed; 12/26 9am-5pm; 12/27 10am-4pm; 12/28 closed; 12/29 9am-7pm; 12/30-31 9am-5pm; 1/1/15 closed; 1/2 9am-5pm; 1/3 8:30am-4:30pm; 1/4 closed

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 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 Playground

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Prairie

Gompers Prairie

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: Gompers Park

Gompers Roller Hocker Rink

Gompers Roller Hocker 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

Gompers Tennis Courts

Gompers Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Wetlands

Gompers Wetlands

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Archery at Gompers 113801InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$10.00
Archery at Gompers 113803InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Badminton at Gompers 95967InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 112974InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 112975InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Gompers 96012OpenSports - BasketballAt least 20 but less than 25Coed2015/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$10.00
Basketball at Gompers 96074InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$5.00
Basketball at Gompers 96073InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/01/09 21:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Basketball at Gompers 96071InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Basketball at Gompers 96072InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$25.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 113809InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 19:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 96195InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to Noon
$25.00
Dodgeball at Gompers 96390InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 21:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$10.00
Dodgeball at Gompers 96391InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 96508InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 113815InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 96543InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/01/08 21:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 96605InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 96604InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$10.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 96643InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 96642InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$10.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 96856InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 96857InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 96507InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Gompers 96892InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$100.00
Little Artists at Gompers 97045InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2015 to March 11, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$10.00
Little Artists at Gompers 97044InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/15 19:00From January 15, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$10.00
Nature Fun at Gompers 97229InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 21:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$10.00
Pickleball at Gompers 97509InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$10.00
Pickleball at Gompers 112976InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Play School at Gompers 97523InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$30.00
Recreational Tumbling at Gompers 97593InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:15From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Gompers 114844InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 21:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$10.00
Soccer at Gompers 97867InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:30pm
$5.00
Soccer at Gompers 97868InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 22:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
T-Ball at Gompers 113807InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Team Tumbling at Gompers 98034InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Gompers 113811InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 19:45From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 98141InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 98140InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$10.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 98174OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4y 1m Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$18.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 98175OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4y 1m Coed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$18.00
Yoga at Gompers 97062InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Yoga at Gompers 98376InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
Young Scientist at Gompers 98415InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/08 21:15From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$10.00

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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%