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: Playground Art

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

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

Gompers Tennis Courts

Gompers Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Wetlands

Gompers Wetlands

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Archery at Gompers 149988InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/01/04 21:15From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 149989InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 133712InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 149990InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 149985InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 133710InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 21:15From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 133713InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2016/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 133711InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2016/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Badminton at Gompers 133824InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2016/01/08 00:15From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 133840InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 133841InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Gompers 133872OpenSports - BasketballAt least 20 but less than 25Coed2016/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Basketball at Gompers 152299InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Basketball League at Gompers Cancelled151825Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$26.00
Basketball League at Gompers 151831Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$26.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 151824InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to Noon
$26.00
Chess at Gompers 149983OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Gompers 134295InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 134374InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$21.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 134411InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 134469InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 134468InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 134507InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 134506InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$11.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 134726InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 134724InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$16.00
Kiddie College at Gompers 134758InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$102.00
Lacrosse at Gompers 150850InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/01/05 21:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$11.00
Little Artists at Gompers 134943InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
Little Artists at Gompers 134942InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/07 18:45From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$11.00
Pickleball - Open at Gompers 135224OpenSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Pickleball at Gompers 135223InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2016/01/07 00:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Play School at Gompers 135246InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$31.00
Recreational Tumbling at Gompers 135319InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:15From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Gompers 149982InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/05 18:45From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Gompers 152654InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/02/10 22:00From February 10, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Soccer at Gompers 135571InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/01/05 22:45From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Soccer at Gompers 135570InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 19:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$11.00
T-Ball at Gompers 135693InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$11.00
Team Tumbling at Gompers 135765InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 135887InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 19:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 135886InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$11.00
Tone Stretch Balance at Gompers 134725InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 135929OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4y 1m Coed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$19.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 135930OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4y 1m Coed2016/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$19.00
Yoga at Gompers 136125InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Archery at Gompers 139997InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/03/28 20:15From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 154123InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/03/29 21:30From March 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 139998InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 139996InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 154125InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/03/30 22:15From March 30, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 154126InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/03/30 23:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 139994InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/03/31 20:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 139995InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Archery at Gompers 139993InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/04/01 21:15From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$12.00
Badminton at Gompers 140105InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$12.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 140129InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Ballet - Beginner Partnership at Gompers 140501InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Basketball - Open at Gompers 140187OpenSports - Basketball20 and upMale2016/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$12.00
Basketball at Gompers 154127InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Basketball at Gompers 140252InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/04/01 21:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Gompers 154258InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/03/29 18:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$12.00
Chess at Gompers 154232OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/03/30 20:15From March 28, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$12.00
Dodgeball at Gompers 140516InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 140585InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 22:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 140584InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 154120InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Floor Hockey at Gompers 154121InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/04/01 20:30From March 31, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 140664InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/03/29 17:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 140663InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 140692InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/03/29 20:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 140693InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/04/01 19:00From April 1, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$12.00
Golf at Gompers 154124InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to April 27, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Gymnastics at Gompers 141993InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Indoor Soccer at Gompers 140817InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/03/29 21:45From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 140859InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$17.00
Kiddie College at Gompers 140890InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 15:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$104.00
Lacrosse at Gompers 140949InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/03/29 20:15From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$12.00
Little Artists at Gompers 141069InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Little Artists at Gompers 141070InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/03/31 17:45From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$12.00
Little Yogis at Gompers 140858InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Nature Fun at Gompers 154122InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/03/29 17:45From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$12.00
Nature Fun at Gompers 141204InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 21:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$12.00
Pickleball at Gompers 141374InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$12.00
Pickleball at Gompers 154260InstructionSports - PickleballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/05/04 22:00From May 4, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Pickleball at Gompers 141375InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2016/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2016 to May 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$12.00
Play School at Gompers 141399InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/03/29 15:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$32.00
Soccer at Gompers 141796InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 18:30From March 31, 2016 to May 26, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$12.00
Soccer League at Gompers 141251Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/04/02 14:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to Noon
$22.00
Soccer League at Gompers 141250Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$22.00
T-Ball at Gompers 141946InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 18:45From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Tennis at Gompers 142070InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Gompers 154259InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 18:45From March 28, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 142159InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 18:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 142160InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$12.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 142189OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 3y 10m Coed2016/03/28 15:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$20.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 142190OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 3y 10m Coed2016/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$20.00
Track & Field at Gompers 154119InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/03/29 20:15From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$12.00
Yoga at Gompers 142405InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00

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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%