Chicago Park District
Cornell Square Park Fieldhouse

Cornell Square Park Fieldhouse

 
View From Field of Cornell Square Park Fieldhouse

View From Field of Cornell Square Park Fieldhouse

 
Cornell Square Park Gymnasium

Cornell Square Park Gymnasium

 

Cornell Square Park

1809 W 50th St Chicago, IL 60609

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm; Fieldhouse: Mo - Fri 9am - 9pm

Sa and Su 9:00am - 5:00pm

Park Supervisor:
Craig Bandyk

(312) 747-6097

 
 
 

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.

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Tuesday, February 25 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

Join us! 

 
 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 2
Fieldhouse 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 0
Football / Soccer - Grass 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 1
Football / Soccer - Turf 1809 W. 50th St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 1
Meeting/Event Space 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 2
Playgrounds 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 1
Swimming Pools - Outdoor 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 0 Pool Closed for the Season. Accessibility feature: Lift
Tennis Courts 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 3
Water Spray Features 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 1
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.

Contact: Tameka L. Gavin

Contact Title: President

Phone: (773) 368-1176

Email: tamekagavin@yahoo.com

Meeting Date/Time: 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

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

 

 

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