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

Hours: ,

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 PlaygroundAccessible

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

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 Tuesday, February 23, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Cornell Square 148150Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/09/08 20:30From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$45.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 136576OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/01/04 19:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
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
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 136575OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$4.00
Dance - Latin at Cornell Square 138432InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/01/04 23:30From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Cornell Square 148304InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$15.00
Play School at Cornell Square 153582InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 19:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Cornell Square 138619InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Male2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$3.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Cornell Square 138713InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Male2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6:15pm
$3.00
Teen Club at Cornell Square 153581OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/01/05 00:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Walking Club at Cornell Square 137090OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 142994OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/03/28 18:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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
$10.00
Basketball at Cornell Square 142997InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Cornell Square 142995InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Dance - Latin at Cornell Square 143303InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Cornell Square 144587InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/03/28 20:30From March 28, 2016 to June 17, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$15.00
Teen Club at Cornell Square 145624OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Cornell Square 144689InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 17:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$0
Walking Club at Cornell Square 143317OpenWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0

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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.