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

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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 154432OpenSports - Basketball20 and upMale2016/06/24 22:30From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$15.00
Family Swim at Gompers 154767OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 21, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 3pm
From August 16, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Gompers 154767OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 21, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 3pm
From August 16, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Gompers 154767OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 21, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 3pm
From August 16, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 3pm
$0
Lap Swim at Gompers 154922OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 184208InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 155008InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/24 20:15From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 155010InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Open Swim at Gompers 155118OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:15From June 20, 2016 to August 25, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Open Swim at Gompers 155118OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:15From June 20, 2016 to August 25, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Open Swim at Gompers 155118OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:15From June 20, 2016 to August 25, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Gompers Cancelled155166OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at Gompers 155665InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 20:15From June 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Youth Swim at Gompers 155886OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 3pm
$0
Youth Swim at Gompers 155886OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 3pm
$0
Youth Swim at Gompers 155886OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 3pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Archery at Gompers 162101InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 162095InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 162100InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 162093InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 20:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$7.00
Archery at Gompers 162096InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 162098InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/09/23 21:15From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$12.00
Badminton at Gompers 162200InstructionSports - Badminton21 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$12.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 162226InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 162227InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Basketball - Open at Gompers 162252OpenSports - Basketball20 and upCoed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:45pm
$12.00
Basketball at Gompers 162303InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/09/22 22:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$12.00
Basketball at Gompers 162305InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Basketball at Gompers 184549InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 162304InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 18:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Circuit Training at Gompers 185108InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Cross Country at Gompers 184551InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$6.00
Dodgeball at Gompers 162660InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 162747InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
Flag Football at Gompers 162786InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/21 21:45From September 21, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 162829InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/22 20:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 184548InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 162896InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 162895InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 162928InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 162929InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 19:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$12.00
Golf at Gompers 184553InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/10/26 21:45From October 26, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Indoor Soccer at Gompers 163055InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 21:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Kiddie College at Gompers 163151InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$104.00
Lacrosse at Gompers 163215InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 20:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$12.00
Little Artists at Gompers 163351InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Little Artists at Gompers 163352InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 18:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Little Yogis at Gompers 185107InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Gompers 163367InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Pickleball at Gompers 163666InstructionSports - Pickleball21 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 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 November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 8:45pm
$12.00
Play School at Gompers 163693InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$40.00
Recreational Tumbling at Gompers 163819InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Gompers 184552InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/10/26 21:00From October 26, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$6.00
Soccer at Gompers 164091InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 18:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Soccer League at Gompers 164156Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/10 14:15From September 10, 2016 to November 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Soccer League at Gompers 164157Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2016/09/10 18:00From September 10, 2016 to November 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$27.00
T-Ball at Gompers 164256InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:45From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Team Tumbling at Gompers 164318InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 17Coed2016/09/19 21:15From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$12.00
Tennis at Gompers 184550InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 20:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 164461InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 164460InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 18:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 164499OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 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 November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$15.00
Yoga at Gompers 164715InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
Yoga at Gompers 185106InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00

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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%