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

Located in the New City Community area, Cornell Square Park totals 8.29 acres. Fondly referred to as the “Back of the Yards” area, 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, interactive water spray feature and an outdoor swimming pool. Many of these spaces are available for rental for athletic tournaments.

Park-goers can play baseball, basketball and seasonal sports at the facility. Afterschool 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.

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

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Cornell Square Artificial Turf

Cornell Square Artificial Turf

Location Notes: 1809 W. 50th St.

Cornell Square Football/Soccer

Cornell Square Football/Soccer

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

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 Playground

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

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Cornell Square Park Pool

Cornell Square Park PoolAccessible (1)

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

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-0287

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

Events

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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 at Cornell Square 105335InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 55Male2015/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$51.00
Basketball at Cornell Square 105334InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Male2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball at Cornell Square 105333InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Male2015/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Cornell Square 105331InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Male2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$2.00
Basketball at Cornell Square 105332InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/01 23:15From April 1, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 9pm
$2.00
Circus Arts at Cornell Square 106579InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Conditioning at Cornell Square 130181InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 14:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$6.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Cornell Square 130046InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
Play School at Cornell Square 107065InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 16:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Cornell Square 107204InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Male2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$4.00
Seasonal Sports at Cornell Square 107205InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Male2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Cornell Square 107308InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Male2015/03/31 20:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Club at Cornell Square 107207OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Female2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$3.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Cornell Square 119949OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/13 17:15From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Cornell Square 118079InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2015/06/09 19:30From June 9, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 118125OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Male2015/06/08 22:00From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$2.00
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 118126OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/06/09 22:00From June 9, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$2.00
Day Camp at Cornell Square 118367CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$120.00
Family Swim at Cornell Square 118700OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 19:45From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
Learn to Swim at Cornell Square 119533InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Cornell Square 119532InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/21 18:30From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Cornell Square 119531InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Cornell Square 119534InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Lil' Campers at Cornell Square 120835CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$85.00
Open Swim at Cornell Square 119936OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Adult Swim at Cornell Square 130975OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/29 17:15From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Cornell Square 130976OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 19:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
POST Open Swim at Cornell Square 130977OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 22:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Cornell Square 130979OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 16:00From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Cornell Square 132073OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/13 16:00From June 13, 2015 to June 14, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Cornell Square 132197OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 16:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
PRE Youth Swim at Cornell Square 132196OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
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
Seasonal Sports at Cornell Square 120968InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Male2015/06/08 19:30From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 5pm
$4.00
Soccer League at Cornell Square 121038Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upMale2015/07/12 15:00From July 12, 2015 to October 18, 2015
Each Sunday from 10am to 4pm
$300.00
Soccer League at Cornell Square 121039Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 15 but less than 17Male2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 10pm
$155.00
TEAM Sports at Cornell Square 121162InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 20:00From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$28.00

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Description

Located in the New City Community area, Cornell Square Park totals 8.29 acres. Fondly referred to as the “Back of the Yards” area, 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, interactive water spray feature and an outdoor swimming pool. Many of these spaces are available for rental for athletic tournaments.

Park-goers can play baseball, basketball and seasonal sports at the facility. Afterschool 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.