Cornell Square Park

  • 1809 W. 50th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Craig Bandyk
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6097
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Located in the New City Community area, also known as "Back of the Yards," Cornell Square Park totals 8.29 acres. The park field house features include two gymnasiums, an auditorium and a kitchen.

Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for football or soccer, an artificial turf field for soccer, a playground, an interactive water spray feature and an outdoor swimming pool. The park's playground was renovated in Summer 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

Many of these spaces are available for rental for athletic tournaments.

Park-goers can play baseball, basketball and seasonal sports at Cornell Square Park. 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, Cornell Square Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Movies in the Park.

History

The South Park Commission created Cornell Square in 1904 as part of a revolutionary neighborhood park system which improved the difficult living conditions in Chicago's congested tenement districts. The innovative parks provided not only beautiful "breathing spaces," but also public bathing, the city's first branch libraries, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Co. designed the entire system. Five of the first ten properties which opened in 1905 were known as squares because they were smaller than ten acres in size; the other five, which were larger than ten acres, were considered parks. In addition to Cornell Square, these were Mark White, Russell, Davis, and Armour Squares, and Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks. Cornell Square was named in honor of Paul Cornell (1822--1904), a lawyer and real estate developer who was a leading force behind the creation of the South Park System. In the mid-1850s, Cornell bought land south of Chicago and developed the community of Hyde Park. He arranged to have the Illinois Central Railroad provide commuter service to the newly developed area. Cornell believed that parks would provide "lungs to the great city and its future generations." He was instrumental in securing approval of the state bill which established the South Park Commission in 1869, and served as a member of its board for 14 years.

Parking/Directions

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

Paul Cornell Bust

Paul Cornell Bust (1)

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Cornell Square Baseball

Cornell Square Baseball

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609

Cornell Square Basketball

Cornell Square Basketball

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609

Cornell Square Fieldhouse

Cornell Square Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: ,

Cornell Square Football/Soccer

Cornell Square Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609

Descriptors: Grass

Cornell Square Artificial Turf

Cornell Square Artificial Turf

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Cornell Square Auditorium

Cornell Square Auditorium

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609

Cornell Square Clubroom

Cornell Square Clubroom

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609

Cornell Square Playground

Cornell Square PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Cornell Square Tennis Court

Cornell Square Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609

Cornell Square Spray Pool

Cornell Square Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 195352OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$7.00
Day Camp at Cornell Square 195611CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 18, 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
$132.00
Family Swim at Cornell Square 195904OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/09 19:45From June 9, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Lap Swim at Cornell Square 200068OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/17 17:15From June 17, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Cornell Square 196454InstructionAquatics - 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 Cornell Square 196453InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/06/25 18:30From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Cornell Square 196455InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 18:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Cornell Square 196684OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 17:30From June 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 7:15pm
$0
Play Camp at Cornell Square 200271CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 18, 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
$40.00
Seasonal Sports at Cornell Square 195351InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 16Male2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$0
Soccer League at Cornell Square 200538Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAnyCoed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9:30pm
Each Saturday from 8am to 8:30pm
$150.00
T-Ball at Cornell Square 197126InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/20 19:30From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Cornell Square 197152InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Cornell Square 200067InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Youth Swim at Cornell Square 197687OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:15pm
From August 7, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:15pm
$0
Youth Swim at Cornell Square 197687OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:15pm
From August 7, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:15pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 205202OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Male2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$7.00
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 205203OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$7.00
Basketball at Cornell Square 205204InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Dance - Latin at Cornell Square 207186InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAnyCoed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Cornell Square 207072InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6:15pm
$20.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Cornell Square 207137Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to June 15, 2018$60.00
Play School at Cornell Square 207255InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$15.00
Teen Club at Cornell Square 221339OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Walking Club at Cornell Square 208495OpenWellness - WalkingAnyCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Cornell Square 204670CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 16:00From December 26, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$0

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Located in the New City Community area, also known as "Back of the Yards," Cornell Square Park totals 8.29 acres. The park field house features include two gymnasiums, an auditorium and a kitchen.

Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for football or soccer, an artificial turf field for soccer, a playground, an interactive water spray feature and an outdoor swimming pool. The park's playground was renovated in Summer 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

Many of these spaces are available for rental for athletic tournaments.

Park-goers can play baseball, basketball and seasonal sports at Cornell Square Park. 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, Cornell Square Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Movies in the Park.

The South Park Commission created Cornell Square in 1904 as part of a revolutionary neighborhood park system which improved the difficult living conditions in Chicago's congested tenement districts. The innovative parks provided not only beautiful "breathing spaces," but also public bathing, the city's first branch libraries, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Co. designed the entire system. Five of the first ten properties which opened in 1905 were known as squares because they were smaller than ten acres in size; the other five, which were larger than ten acres, were considered parks. In addition to Cornell Square, these were Mark White, Russell, Davis, and Armour Squares, and Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks. Cornell Square was named in honor of Paul Cornell (1822--1904), a lawyer and real estate developer who was a leading force behind the creation of the South Park System. In the mid-1850s, Cornell bought land south of Chicago and developed the community of Hyde Park. He arranged to have the Illinois Central Railroad provide commuter service to the newly developed area. Cornell believed that parks would provide "lungs to the great city and its future generations." He was instrumental in securing approval of the state bill which established the South Park Commission in 1869, and served as a member of its board for 14 years.

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