Cornell Square Park

  • 1809 W. 50th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Craig Bandyk
  • 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

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Cornell Square Baseball

Cornell Square Baseball

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

Cornell Square Basketball

Cornell Square Basketball

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

Cornell Square Fieldhouse

Cornell Square Fieldhouse

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

Cornell Square Artificial Turf

Cornell Square Artificial Turf

Location: 1809 W. 50th St.

Cornell Square Football/Soccer

Cornell Square Football/Soccer

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

Cornell Square Auditorium

Cornell Square Auditorium

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

Cornell Square Clubroom

Cornell Square Clubroom

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

Cornell Square Playground

Cornell Square Playground

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

Cornell Square Tennis Court

Cornell Square Tennis Court

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

Cornell Square Spray Pool

Cornell Square Spray Pool

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

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Family Swim at Cornell Square 86764OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Soccer League at Cornell Square 111123Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upMaleFrom July 13, 2014 to October 19, 2014
Each Sunday from 10am to 4pm
$250.00
TEAM Sports at Cornell Square 83357InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 93734OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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
$1.00
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 92257OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18MaleFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$1.00
Basketball - Open at Cornell Square 92258OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 17, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$3.00
Basketball League at Cornell Square 94597Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14MaleFrom August 26, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Free
Conditioning at Cornell Square 92604InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$5.00
Play School at Cornell Square 94209InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Cornell Square 94644InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 15FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Cornell Square 92876InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 14MaleFrom August 25, 2014 to December 22, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$2.00
Volleyball League at Cornell Square 94643Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 12FemaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$25.00

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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.

 

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 1809 W. 50th St. 0
Football / Soccer 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 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 1809 W. 50th St. Chicago IL 60609 0
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.

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