Armour Square Park

  • 3309 S. Shields Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Mary Lu Scorza
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6012

Located in the Armour Square community, Armour Square Park totals 10.00 acres. The field house is an A-3 facility that features a fitness center, two gymnasiums and an auditorium, along with meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers junior and senior baseball fields, an athletic field for football and soccer, tennis courts,a playground and an outdoor pool. The playground was renovated in Fall 2013 as part of the Chicago Plays! Program. Many of these spaces are available for rental.

Most Chicagoans know Armour Square as the park across the street from the Chicago White Sox stadium, U.S. Cellular Field.  Park-goers come to Armour Square for baseball or volleyball or to exercise in the fitness center. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. In addition to programs, Armour Square Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as the Easter Bunny festival and Movies in the Park.

History

In 1906, the year after Armour Square opened to the public, President Theodore Roosevelt described the square and nine other related properties as "the most notable civic achievement in any American city." The South Park Commission created the ten new innovative parks to improve the difficult living conditions in Chicago's congested tenement districts. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Co. designed the entire system. The first ten included five squares smaller than ten acres in size, and five parks larger than ten acres. In addition to Armour Square, these were Mark White, Russell, Davis, and Cornell Squares, and Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks. These properties soon influenced the development of other parks throughout the nation. Armour Square was named to honor Philip D. Armour (1832-1901), Chicago's "captain of industry." Owner and operator of the largest meat-packing company in the world, Armour donated a large amount of his fortune to charitable and educational institutions. These included a settlement house, the Armour Mission, and a school known as the Armour Institute of Technology, later renamed the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Armour Square Diamond

Armour Square Diamond

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields Ave.

Armour Square Park - Deadeye Dogs

Armour Square Park - Deadeye Dogs

Location: 3823 S Union

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773) 895-9597

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Armour Square Fieldhouse

Armour Square Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields Ave.

Hours: , ,

Armour Square Fitness Center

Armour Square Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Armour Square Football/Soccer

Armour Square Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Armour Square Gymnasium

Armour Square Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields Ave.

Notes: 1 Large, 1 Small

Armour Square Clubrooms

Armour Square Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields Ave.

Armour Square Paths and Trails

Armour Square Paths and Trails

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields Ave

Armour Square Multi Purpose Field

Armour Square Multi Purpose Field

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields Ave.

Armour Square Playground

Armour Square PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Armour Square Tennis Court

Armour Square Tennis Court

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields Ave.

Armour Square Spray Pool

Armour Square Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields 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 Tuesday, April 25, 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
Adult Swim at Armour Square 195105OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/16 16:00From June 18, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
From June 16, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
From August 30, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Adult Swim at Armour Square 195105OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/16 16:00From June 18, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
From June 16, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
From August 30, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Adult Swim at Armour Square 195105OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/16 16:00From June 18, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
From June 16, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
From August 30, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Armour Square 195163InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/21 17:15From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Armour Square 195164InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/23 17:15From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Armour Sq 195302InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to August 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Day Camp at Armour Square 195591CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$281.00
Early Bird Camp at Armour Square 199266CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10am
$80.00
Family Swim at Armour Square 195897OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 21:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
From June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
From August 28, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Family Swim at Armour Square 195897OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 21:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
From June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
From August 28, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Family Swim at Armour Square 195897OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 21:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
From June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
From August 28, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Learn to Swim at Armour Square 196426InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/21 21:15From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Armour Square 196425InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/22 21:15From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Armour Square 196424InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Open Swim at Armour Square 196677OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
From August 28, 2017 to September 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 3am to 5:15am
From June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 16, 2017
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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 Armour Square 196677OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
From August 28, 2017 to September 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 3am to 5:15am
From June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 16, 2017
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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 Armour Square 196677OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
From August 28, 2017 to September 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 3am to 5:15am
From June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 16, 2017
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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 Armour Square 196677OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
From August 28, 2017 to September 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 3am to 5:15am
From June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 16, 2017
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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 Armour Square 196677OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
From August 28, 2017 to September 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 3am to 5:15am
From June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 16, 2017
From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
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 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
Play Camp at Armour Square 196797CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$137.00
Rat Hockey at Armour Square 196864OpenSports - HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/06/23 21:30From June 23, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Roller Hockey at Armour Square 196890InstructionSports - HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 21:30From June 19, 2017 to August 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Soccer at Armour Square 197016InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/21 21:30From June 21, 2017 to August 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Soccer at Armour Square 197015InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/22 21:30From June 22, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Sports Camp at Armour Square 197052CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:30From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$43.00
T-Ball at Armour Square 197123InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/20 21:30From June 20, 2017 to August 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Armour Square 199284InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/06/25 20:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Armour Square 199283InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/06/24 20:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$34.00

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Located in the Armour Square community, Armour Square Park totals 10.00 acres. The field house is an A-3 facility that features a fitness center, two gymnasiums and an auditorium, along with meeting rooms.

Outside, the park offers junior and senior baseball fields, an athletic field for football and soccer, tennis courts,a playground and an outdoor pool. The playground was renovated in Fall 2013 as part of the Chicago Plays! Program. Many of these spaces are available for rental.

Most Chicagoans know Armour Square as the park across the street from the Chicago White Sox stadium, U.S. Cellular Field.  Park-goers come to Armour Square for baseball or volleyball or to exercise in the fitness center. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. In addition to programs, Armour Square Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as the Easter Bunny festival and Movies in the Park.

In 1906, the year after Armour Square opened to the public, President Theodore Roosevelt described the square and nine other related properties as "the most notable civic achievement in any American city." The South Park Commission created the ten new innovative parks to improve the difficult living conditions in Chicago's congested tenement districts. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Co. designed the entire system. The first ten included five squares smaller than ten acres in size, and five parks larger than ten acres. In addition to Armour Square, these were Mark White, Russell, Davis, and Cornell Squares, and Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks. These properties soon influenced the development of other parks throughout the nation. Armour Square was named to honor Philip D. Armour (1832-1901), Chicago's "captain of industry." Owner and operator of the largest meat-packing company in the world, Armour donated a large amount of his fortune to charitable and educational institutions. These included a settlement house, the Armour Mission, and a school known as the Armour Institute of Technology, later renamed the Illinois Institute of Technology.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.