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.

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

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Adult Swim at Cornell Square 155918OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/18 17:15From June 18, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 156156OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 15Male2016/06/13 22:00From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$3.00
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 156157OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Male2016/06/14 22:00From June 14, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8:30pm
$3.00
Day Camp at Cornell Square 156398CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$126.00
Family Swim at Cornell Square 156690OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/17 19:45From June 17, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 157106InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Cornell Square 157105InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/26 18:30From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Cornell Square 157104InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Cornell Square 157107InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 18:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Cornell Square 157335OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Seasonal Sports at Cornell Square 158128InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Male2016/06/13 19:30From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$5.00
Sports Camp at Cornell Square 159654CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$0
T-Ball at Cornell Square 156112InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 19:30From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Cornell Square 158306InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/17 20:00From June 17, 2016 to September 12, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$28.00
Youth Swim at Cornell Square 161636OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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 161636OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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

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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.