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 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
2-Ball Basketball at Davis Square 190745InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/12/22 00:00December 21, 2016
Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Dodgeball at Davis Square 190743InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/12/16 00:00December 15, 2016
Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Dodgeball at Davis Square 190744InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/12/17 00:00December 16, 2016
Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Davis Square 190746InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/23 00:00December 22, 2016
Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Davis Square 190747InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/12/24 00:00December 23, 2016
Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Davis Square 167276InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Davis Square 167345Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 23, 2017$93.00
Seasonal Sports at Davis Square 184462InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 20, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Davis Square 184465InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to December 22, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Special Olympics Gymnastics at Davis Square 189773InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/01/05 15:00January 5, 2017
Thursday from 9am to 2pm
$0
Weight Training at Davis Square 169008InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 15:30From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to Noon
$0
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Davis Square 184466CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/11/29 20:30From November 29, 2016 to December 16, 2016
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
$5.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Davis Square 171918InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Davis Square 172052OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Basketball - Teen League at Davis Square 172153Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
$0
Basketball at Davis Square 172167InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Davis Square 172168InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Davis Square 172328InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$8.00
Boxing at Davis Square 172421InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 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
$20.00
Boxing at Davis Square 172414InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 172419InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 172413InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 172416InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 172422InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 172423InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 172426InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 20:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 172427InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 172415InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 15:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 172430InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/01/14 17:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$15.00
Boxing at Davis Square 172432InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 19:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Davis Square 172633InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$12.00
Dinner and a Movie (Special Rec) at Davis Square 187897InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/01/13 20:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$4.00
Dodgeball at Davis Square 172735InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Dodgeball at Davis Square 172736InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 21:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Davis Square 174164InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Floor Hockey League at Davis Square 187899Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Fun and Games (Special Rec) at Davis Square 172926InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/01/10 20:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Davis Square 187888InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
$6.00
Kiddie College at Davis Square 173438InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
$12.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Davis Square 173684InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upFemale2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Music and Movement at Davis Square 173817InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$5.00
Park Kids - Winter at Davis Square 173994InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 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
$31.00
Recreational Tumbling at Davis Square 174163InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Davis Square 189691OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs50 and upCoed2017/01/15 16:00From January 15, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to Noon
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Davis Square 174480InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Davis Square 174482InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer - Open at Davis Square 189692OpenSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$5.00
Soccer at Davis Square 174511InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$5.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 174559Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/15 15:00From January 15, 2017 to April 2, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 4:30pm
$90.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 174560Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/01/14 19:00From January 14, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$160.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Davis Square 174598InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/01/14 15:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$0
Sport Art & Dart at Davis Square 174601InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 20:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$5.00
Teen Club at Davis Square 174776OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Davis Square 175098InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$5.00
Volleyball League at Davis Square 187898Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball16 and upCoed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$55.00
Weight Training at Davis Square 175399InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 17:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$0

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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.