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 Park Pool

Davis Square Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)745-2308

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Davis Square Spray Pool

Davis Square Spray Pool

Location Notes: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
2-Ball Basketball Tournament at Davis Square 221355TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/12/19 23:00December 19, 2017
Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Davis Square 204816OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Basketball at Davis Square 221357InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
$0
Basketball League at Davis Square 205323Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball Tournament at Davis Square 221356TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/12/21 23:00December 21, 2017
Thursday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Davis Square 205482InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 19:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
$5.00
Boxing at Davis Square 205546InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 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:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$22.00
Boxing at Davis Square 205552InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 19:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 205547InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 205553InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 24, 2017
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 205548InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 24, 2017
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 205551InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/09/23 14:30From September 23, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1pm
$17.00
Boxing at Davis Square 205550InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Dodgeball at Davis Square 205861InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$0
Dodgeball at Davis Square 205863InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/12/20 23:00December 20, 2017
Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Dodgeball at Davis Square 205862InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Flag Football at Davis Square 206026InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$0
Floor Hockey at Davis Square 206073InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$0
Fun and Games (Special Recreation) at Davis Square 206136InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/09/12 19:30From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$20.00
Fun and Games at Davis Square 206152InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$5.00
Kiddie College at Davis Square 206466InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$10.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Davis Square 206747InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Music and Movement at Davis Square 206891InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 19:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$5.00
Park Kids - Fall at Davis Square 207073InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$33.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Davis Square 207138Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$99.00
Recreational Tumbling at Davis Square 207304InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
$0
Seasonal Sports at Davis Square 207391InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$0
Seasonal Sports at Davis Square 207392InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Davis Square 221358OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Soccer at Davis Square 207666InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$5.00
Soccer at Davis Square 206151InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$0
Soccer League at Davis Square 221354Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/10/22 14:00From October 22, 2017 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 9am to 4:30pm
$100.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 221353Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/10/21 18:00From October 21, 2017 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$160.00
Social Club (Special Rec) at Davis Square 205763InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
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:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$15.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Davis Square 207779InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports18 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$0
Special Olympics Young Athletes at Davis Square 207795InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
$0
Sport Art & Dart at Davis Square 207801InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$5.00
Super Saturdays (Special Rec) at Davis Square 207769InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$0
Teen Club at Davis Square 207975OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Davis Square 208245InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$5.00
Volleyball League at Davis Square 208425Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/11/02 23:00From November 2, 2017 to March 29, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
$55.00
Weight Training at Davis Square 208516InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to Noon
$0
Winter Break Camp at Davis Square 224577CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 16:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$25.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Davis Square 213331InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$33.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Davis Square 219258InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 22, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$31.00

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Description

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.