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

Winter Programs

Most winter  programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, February 13.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Cornell Square 193367InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/04/05 18:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$7.00
Basketball at Cornell Square 178652InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:30From April 5, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$8.00
Circus Arts at Cornell Square 198240InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Latin at Cornell Square 179080InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Cornell Square 180359InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 20:15From April 3, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 6:15pm
$16.00
Play School at Cornell Square 193368InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$13.00
Seasonal Sports at Cornell Square 178653InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/04/07 23:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 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 at Cornell Square 178547InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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
$0
Spring Break Camp at Cornell Square 198241CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/04/10 13:30From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
Each Monday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
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
Teen Club at Cornell Square 181375OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 23:30From April 5, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Cornell Square 181597InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$7.00
Walking Club at Cornell Square 182021OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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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Description

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.