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 Tennis Courts

Gompers Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Wetlands

Gompers Wetlands

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Events

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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 199196InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$20.00
Basketball at Gompers 199197InstructionSports - Basketball20 and upCoed2017/06/19 22:45From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 8pm
$10.00
Basketball at Gompers 193896InstructionSports - Basketball20 and upMale2017/06/21 22:45From June 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 8pm
$15.00
Basketball Camp at Gompers 199198CampsCamps - SportsAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2017/08/14 15:00From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$20.00
Boot Camp at Gompers 194251InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 00:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$23.00
Circuit Training at Gompers 194009InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$18.00
Day Camp at Gompers 194071CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$375.00
Early Bird Camp at Gompers 194161CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$60.00
Extended Camp at Gompers 194201CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 20:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$125.00
Family Swim at Gompers 194228OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 18:30From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at Gompers 194353OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/16 17:15From June 16, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
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 6pm to 7:15pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 194448InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 194446InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 20:15From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 194445InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 20:15From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 194447InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Lil' Campers at Gompers 200098CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 14:30From June 27, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$108.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Gompers 194343InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 20:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$18.00
Open Swim at Gompers 194558OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 21:45From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$0
Play Camp at Gompers 194650CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$72.00
Sports Camp at Gompers 194790CampsCamps - SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/07/17 18:30From July 17, 2017 to July 28, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$32.00
TEAM Sports at Gompers 194845InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/21 20:15From June 21, 2017 to September 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$35.00
Yoga at Gompers 195038InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$18.00
Yoga at Gompers 195039InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$23.00
Yoga/Pilates at Gompers 200097InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$18.00

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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%