Davis Square Park

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

Located in the New City Community area, Davis Square Park totals 8.29 acres. Fondly referred to as the “Back of the Yards” area the park field house features include 2 gymnasiums, an auditorium and a kitchen, a fitness center and Boxing Center. Outside, the park offers, baseball fields, basketball courts, athletic field for football or soccer, an artificial turf athletic field, an outdoor swimming pool, horseshoe area and a playground and interactive water spray feature. 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.

Davis Square Softball Fields

Davis Square Softball Fields

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Basketball Courts

Davis Square Basketball Courts

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Boxing Gym

Davis Square Boxing Gym

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Fieldhouse

Davis Square Fieldhouse

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Fitness Center

Davis Square Fitness Center

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Notes: M-F 10am-8pm, Sa. & Su. 9am-4pm,ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Davis Square Artificial Turf

Davis Square Artificial Turf

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Football/Soccer

Davis Square Football/Soccer

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Soccer

Davis Square Soccer

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Gymnasium

Davis Square Gymnasium

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Notes: 1 Large

Davis Square Auditorium & Clubrooms

Davis Square Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Playground

Davis Square Playground

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Davis Square Spray Pool

Davis Square Spray Pool

Location: 4430 S. Marshfield Ave.

Events

Summer Programs

Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1. Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 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
16" Softball League at Davis Square 79797Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoedFrom May 2, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$150.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Davis Square 86417InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Davis Square 86541InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Beep Baseball (Special Recreation) at Davis Square 82085InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 22CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 28, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
Free
Boxing at Davis Square 82109InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Free
Boxing at Davis Square 82110InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Free
Boxing at Davis Square 82111InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$15.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Davis Square 82193CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 16CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$80.00
Day Camp at Davis Square 82232CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$100.00
Early Bird Camp at Davis Square 86697CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$10.00
Extended Camp at Davis Square 86700CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$10.00
Family Swim at Davis Square 86555OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Free
Learn to Swim at Davis Square 82843InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Davis Square 86543InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Davis Square 82842InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Davis Square 86693InstructionWellness - Fitness6 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Davis Square 86549OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 1:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 3:45pm
Free
Open Swim at Davis Square 86552OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Parent and Tot Swim at Davis Square 86556OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Free
Play Camp at Davis Square 83118CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$40.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 83270Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upMaleFrom June 28, 2014 to October 12, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 8pm
$240.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 83268Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 15CoedFrom June 22, 2014 to October 12, 2014
Each Sunday from 9am to 5pm
$120.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 83269Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upFemaleFrom June 28, 2014 to October 11, 2014
Each Saturday from 3pm to 6pm
$170.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Davis Square 86381InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 16 but less than 25CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Davis Square 83358InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Davis Square 83426Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Free
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Davis Square 83425Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Free

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Description

Located in the New City Community area, Davis Square Park totals 8.29 acres. Fondly referred to as the “Back of the Yards” area the park field house features include 2 gymnasiums, an auditorium and a kitchen, a fitness center and Boxing Center. Outside, the park offers, baseball fields, basketball courts, athletic field for football or soccer, an artificial turf athletic field, an outdoor swimming pool, horseshoe area and a playground and interactive water spray feature. 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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 3
Boxing Gym 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 1
Fieldhouse 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 0
Fitness Centers 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 1 M-F 10am-8pm, Sa. & Su. 9am-4pm,ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 2
Football / Soccer 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 1 1 Large
Meeting/Event Space 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 2
Playgrounds 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 1
Swimming Pools 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 0
Water Spray Features 4430 S. Marshfield Ave. 1
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.