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, 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.

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.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Adult Swim at Davis Square 155919OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/25 23:15From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 159695InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$15.00
Boxing at Davis Square 159710InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$15.00
Boxing at Davis Square 159711InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 159712InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/25 19:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Davis Square 156691OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
Learn to Swim at Davis Square 157113InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 17:15From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Davis Square 157112InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 17:15From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Davis Square 157283InstructionWellness - Aerobics6 and upCoed2016/06/28 16:30From June 28, 2016 to August 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Open Swim at Davis Square 157336OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Open Swim at Davis Square 157336OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Open Swim at Davis Square 157336OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Soccer League at Davis Square 158196Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upMale2016/05/14 17:00From May 14, 2016 to October 12, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 8pm
$250.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 158194Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/05/22 14:00From May 22, 2016 to October 9, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 5pm
$150.00
Soccer League at Davis Square 158195Team_LeagueSports - Soccer16 and upFemale2016/05/14 20:00From May 14, 2016 to October 8, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 6pm
$180.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Davis Square 159610InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Davis Square 159401InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Davis Square 168967Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2016/09/09 23:00From September 9, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$175.00
Basketball - Teen League at Davis Square 165257Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Davis Square 165402InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$7.00
Boxing at Davis Square 185316InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 165466InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 165465InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 185317InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 20, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 165467InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 25, 2016
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 165468InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 25, 2016
$0
Boxing at Davis Square 165470InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, November 26, 2016
$16.00
Boxing at Davis Square 165469InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 18:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Conditioning at Davis Square 165619InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 16:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, November 26, 2016
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Davis Square 165677InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$11.00
Dinner and a Movie (Special Rec) at Davis Square 184453InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/23 19:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$3.00
Dodgeball at Davis Square 165768InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Dodgeball at Davis Square 165770InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/22 20:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$0
Flag Football at Davis Square 185318InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Davis Square 185319InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 25, 2016
$0
Fun and Games (Special Recreation) at Davis Square 166028InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 19:30From September 20, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Davis Square 184461InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
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
$4.00
Fun and Games at Davis Square 184457InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Fun and Games at Davis Square 184459InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Kiddie College at Davis Square 166665InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
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 10, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
$6.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Davis Square 166941InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Music and Movement at Davis Square 167075InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$4.00
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
Recreational Tumbling at Davis Square 167638InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
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
Soccer at Davis Square 168022InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$3.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Davis Square 168112InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/10/08 14:30From October 8, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$0
Special Olympics Young Athletes at Davis Square 185297InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/10/08 14:30From October 8, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$0
Sport Art & Dart at Davis Square 168130InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 20:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 25, 2016
$4.00
Teen Club at Davis Square 165769OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at Davis Square 168282OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Davis Square 168705InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$4.00
Volleyball - Open at Davis Square 184455OpenSports - Volleyball14 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$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

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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.

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.