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, 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. 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 Park Pool

Cornell Square Park PoolAccessible (1)

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

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-0287

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

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

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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 at Cornell Square 167275InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
$16.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Cornell Square 167344Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to June 23, 2017$48.00
Winter Break Camp at Cornell Square 188739CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/27 14:30From December 27, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Cornell Square 174339InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$6.00
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 172050OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$7.00
Dance - Latin at Cornell Square 172675InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Cornell Square 173993InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:15pm
$16.00
Play School at Cornell Square 174102InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 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
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Cornell Square 174245InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
Soccer - Open at Cornell Square 172051OpenSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
Teen Club at Cornell Square 174775OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Cornell Square 187800InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$6.00
Walking Club at Cornell Square 175386OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 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

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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. 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.