Davis Square Park

  • 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Donald Serio
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6107

Located in the New City Community area, fondly referred to as the “Back of the Yards” area, Davis Square Park totals 8.29 acres.  

The park's field house holds two gymnasiums, an auditorium, a kitchen, a fitness center and a boxing center. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for football or soccer, an artificial turf field, an outdoor swimming pool, a horseshoe area and a playground with an interactive water spray feature. The 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 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, Davis Square Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Movies in the Park.

History

Davis Square was one of ten innovative parks which opened in 1905 to provide social services as well as breathing spaces to Chicago's congested tenement districts. Conceived by South Park Commission superintendent J. Frank Foster, these innovative parks included a new type of building, the fieldhouse, inspired by Chicago's renowned settlement houses. The fieldhouses included classrooms, club and assembly rooms, the earliest branches of the Chicago Public Library, cafeterias, gymnasiums, and locker and public bathing facilities. Renowned architects D.H. Burnham and Co. designed the buildings and Olmsted Brothers landscape architects laid out the whole system of new parks. In addition to Davis Square, the first ten parks included Mark White, Russell, Armour, and Cornell Squares, and Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks. Included in Davis Square's classically-designed fieldhouse is a notable mural entitled Constructive Recreation: the Vital Force in Character Building. Painted by William Edouard Scott, an African-American muralist whose work received critical acclaim, it was originally displayed in another south side park. Davis Square pays tribute to Dr. Nathan Smith Davis (1817- 1904), one of the most significant figures in Chicago's medical history. Dr. Davis served as the chairman of physiology and general pathology for Rush Medical College. He went on to Lind University, forerunner to the medical department of Northwestern University. He was a founder of Mercy Hospital, the Chicago Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Davis was also a prolific writer of medical texts and for many years served as editor of the Northwestern Medical Journal.

Parking/Directions

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

Untitled Mural

Untitled Mural (1)

Location Notes: Field house hallway

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Davis Square Softball Fields

Davis Square Softball Fields

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Basketball Courts

Davis Square Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Boxing Gym

Davis Square Boxing Gym

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Fieldhouse

Davis Square Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Hours: ,

Davis Square Fitness Center

Davis Square Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Davis Square Football/Soccer

Davis Square Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Davis Square Artificial Turf

Davis Square Artificial Turf

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Davis Square Soccer

Davis Square Soccer

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Davis Square Gymnasium

Davis Square Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Notes: 1 Large

Davis Square Auditorium & Clubrooms

Davis Square Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Playground

Davis Square PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Davis Square Spray Pool

Davis Square Spray Pool

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Events

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
16" Softball League at Davis Square 178138Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/05/05 23:00From May 5, 2017 to September 1, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$235.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 193431Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/04/29 18:00From April 29, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 9pm
$258.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 193419Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/04/30 14:00From April 30, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 5pm
$155.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 193420Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upFemale2017/05/06 19:00From May 6, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 5pm
$185.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Davis Square 195111OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/24 23:15From June 24, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 195454InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$21.00
Boxing at Davis Square 195442InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 195440InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 195439InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/06/21 19:00From June 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 195437InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 195436InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
$16.00
Boxing at Davis Square 195453InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 20:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Davis Square 195574CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$130.00
Day Camp at Davis Square 195612CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$130.00
Early Bird Camp at Davis Square 195738CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$13.00
Extended Camp at Davis Square 195827CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$13.00
Family Swim at Davis Square 195905OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 21:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Sunday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Leadership Camp (Special Rec) at Davis Square 199279CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 23Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Leadership Camp at Davis Square 196385CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$0
Learn to Swim at Davis Square 196457InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 17:15From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Davis Square 196458InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Davis Square 196459InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Davis Square 196456InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 17:15From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Davis Square 196634InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upFemale2017/06/20 16:30From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$0
Open Swim at Davis Square 196685OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 18:30From June 19, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
From August 29, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Davis Square 196750OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 7, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Davis Square 196750OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 7, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Play Camp at Davis Square 196809CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$50.00
Senior Citizens Club at Davis Square 199280OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs50 and upCoed2017/06/18 17:00From June 18, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Davis Square 200275InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports22 and upCoed2017/08/08 15:00From August 8, 2017 to August 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Davis Square 200277InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 22Coed2017/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at Davis Square 197153InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 23:15From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$35.00
Teen Sports League - Soccer at Davis Square 197272Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/27 21:00From June 27, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$0
Teen Sports League - Soccer at Davis Square 197273Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2017/06/28 21:00From June 28, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Davis Square 197451InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Davis Square 197452InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$34.00

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Located in the New City Community area, fondly referred to as the “Back of the Yards” area, Davis Square Park totals 8.29 acres.  

The park's field house holds two gymnasiums, an auditorium, a kitchen, a fitness center and a boxing center. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for football or soccer, an artificial turf field, an outdoor swimming pool, a horseshoe area and a playground with an interactive water spray feature. The 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 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, Davis Square Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Movies in the Park.

Davis Square was one of ten innovative parks which opened in 1905 to provide social services as well as breathing spaces to Chicago's congested tenement districts. Conceived by South Park Commission superintendent J. Frank Foster, these innovative parks included a new type of building, the fieldhouse, inspired by Chicago's renowned settlement houses. The fieldhouses included classrooms, club and assembly rooms, the earliest branches of the Chicago Public Library, cafeterias, gymnasiums, and locker and public bathing facilities. Renowned architects D.H. Burnham and Co. designed the buildings and Olmsted Brothers landscape architects laid out the whole system of new parks. In addition to Davis Square, the first ten parks included Mark White, Russell, Armour, and Cornell Squares, and Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks. Included in Davis Square's classically-designed fieldhouse is a notable mural entitled Constructive Recreation: the Vital Force in Character Building. Painted by William Edouard Scott, an African-American muralist whose work received critical acclaim, it was originally displayed in another south side park. Davis Square pays tribute to Dr. Nathan Smith Davis (1817- 1904), one of the most significant figures in Chicago's medical history. Dr. Davis served as the chairman of physiology and general pathology for Rush Medical College. He went on to Lind University, forerunner to the medical department of Northwestern University. He was a founder of Mercy Hospital, the Chicago Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Davis was also a prolific writer of medical texts and for many years served as editor of the Northwestern Medical Journal.

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