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 Park Pool

Armour Square Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 3309 S. Shields Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6012

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

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.

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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 Armour Square 189880OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/11/28 20:30From November 28, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, December 9, 2016
$0
Basketball - Open at Armour Square 189882OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/11/28 23:30From November 28, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, December 9, 2016
$0
Basketball - Open at Armour Square 165139OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Armour Square 187896InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
$23.00
Arts & Crafts at Armour Square 187893InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Basketball - Open at Armour Square 189889OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/16 17:30January 16, 2017
Monday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Armour Square 189890OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/02/20 17:30February 20, 2017
Monday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Armour Square 172032OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Armour Square 172033OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball at Armour Square 172158InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Basketball at Armour Square 174769InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Armour Square 189661InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
$23.00
Bitty Basketball at Armour Square 172316InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Dino Diggers at Armour Square 172722InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Armour Square 172886InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Armour Square 189660InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Armour Square 189659InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/01/09 16:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Armour Square 189663InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/01/10 16:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Armour Square 173322InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Armour Square 173323InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Armour Square 189662InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$23.00
Kiddie College at Armour Square 173436InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$133.00
Little Artists at Armour Square 173662InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$23.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Armour Square 173902InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/09 17:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$23.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Armour Square 173901InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/01/13 17:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$23.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Armour Square 187901InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$23.00
Recreational Tumbling at Armour Square 189664InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Seasonal Sports at Armour Square 189665InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Armour Square 174391OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Team Gymnastics at Armour Square 174725InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Armour Square 175093InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$23.00
Weight Training at Armour Square 189666InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0

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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.