Eugene Field Park

  • 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60625 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tracy Brumley
  • Park Phone: (773) 478-9744

Check out our new playground! Eugene Field serves its diverse Albany Park community with numerous athletic programs such as basketball, soccer, and floor hockey, as well as step aerobics, and badminton. For the little ones we have a variety of early childhood programs such as Moms, Pops, and Tots, Art & ABC’s, Preschool and Tot Spot to name a few.

We invite you to visit the program page to view a complete listing of park programs.

The Chicago River runs through the more than 12-acre Eugene Field, providing a beautiful natural landscape for visitors. The park also features two baseball fields and outdoor basketball court, four tennis courts, and a playground and spray pool. Eugene Field exposes community members to the arts with a number of cultural offerings through programs, performances and partnerships. Both youth and adults get into the act with various drama programs at the park, and oil painting.

Albany Park Theatre Project (APTP) is an Arts Partner in Residence at Eugene Field. Formed in 1997, APTP is an ensemble of local teenagers who create original theatre from real-life stories and experiences of this working-class Albany Park community. The group typically presents one full-scale productions per year in Laura Wiley Theater at Eugene Field Park. For more information, visit http://www.aptpchicago.org/.

A 45-foot by 10-foot exterior clay and ceramic tile mosaic installed on the exterior of the fieldhouse was designed and created by 15 local teens in the Gallery 37 in the Parks program, the artwork depicts scenes from poems by the late children’s poet Eugene Field, such as “Wynken, Blyken and Nod” and “The Bellflower Tree.” The park also features an interior WPA mural dedicated to the arts.

History

Eugene Field Park was created by the Albany Park District, an independent park board formed in 1917 to provide recreational facilities and enhance the Chicago River's banks in the rapidly-developing North Park and Albany Park communities. In 1923, the Albany Park District began purchasing nearly ten acres of riverside land in the center of its territory. Although land acquisition took a full decade, landscape architect Henry J. Stockman soon prepared a plan that took full advantage of the picturesque river bank site, and improvements began in 1925. In 1928, Clarence Hatzfeld, a member of the park board and architect of many northwest side recreational, commercial, and residential buildings, designed a Tudor Revival-style fieldhouse for the park. A stone grotto and fountain originally graced the front of the fieldhouse. Inside, a Federal Works Progress Administration artist created a mural entitled "The Participation of Youth in the Realm of the Arts." In 1934, the financial stresses of the Great Depression prompted consolidation of the city's 22 independent park boards, including the Albany Park District, into the unified Chicago Park District. By 1938, Eugene Field Park had a playground, a wading pool, tennis courts, and a lovely wooded picnic area. A decade later, the park district expanded the site by more than two acres, improving the new property with baseball and football fields. In 1980, the park district began leasing another half-acre of city land along the riverbank. Recent park improvements include a soft surface playground and ornamental fencing along Foster Avenue. The park honors writer and poet Eugene Field (1850-1895), a nationally-renowned children's author. Among Field's best known works are "Little Boy Blue," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," and the "Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat." Born in St. Louis, Field worked for a number of western and midwestern newspapers before being recruited by the Chicago Daily News to write a humor column in 1883. Field made his home on Chicago's north side.

Parking/Directions

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Eugene Field Portrait

Eugene Field Portrait (1)

Location Notes: Field house assembly hall

Descriptors: Playground Art

Trumpet and Drum

Trumpet and Drum (1)

Location Notes: Field house entryway

Descriptors: Playground Art

Eugene Field Baseball

Eugene Field Baseball

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Basketball

Eugene Field Basketball

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Descriptors: Lighted

Eugene Field Garden

Eugene Field Garden

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Edible

Eugene Field Fieldhouse

Eugene Field Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Hours: , ,

Eugene Field Gymnasium

Eugene Field Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Auditorium & Clubrooms

Eugene Field Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Notes: Clubrooms

Eugene Field Playground

Eugene Field PlaygroundAccessible

Eugene Field Tennis Court

Eugene Field Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Water Spray Feature

Eugene Field Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Eugene Field 123880Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to June 10, 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
$465.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 133759InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$31.00
Badminton at Eugene Field 133823InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Basketball - 4 on 4 League at Eugene Field 149980Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2016 to March 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$150.00
Basketball - Open at Eugene Field 133869OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Eugene Field 133924InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Basketball at Eugene Field 133925InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Chess at Eugene Field 149979OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Color Theory & Oil Painting at Eugene Field 135090InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2016/01/08 18:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Color Theory & Oil Painting at Eugene Field 135089InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2016/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$31.00
Girls in the Game Partnership at Eugene Field 134527PartnershipGroupOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Female2016/02/01 22:30From February 1, 2016 to April 25, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Little Artists at Eugene Field 134938InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$23.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Eugene Field 149977InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 22:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$26.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Eugene Field 134992InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$21.00
Painting Open Studio at Eugene Field 149978OpenCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2016/01/04 17:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
$25.00
Painting Open Studio at Eugene Field 149976OpenCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2016/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Eugene Field 135174InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 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
$143.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 135393InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 135394InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 League at Eugene Field 135548Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$26.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 League at Eugene Field 135547Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$26.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 135927OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/08 15:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$21.00
World Art at Eugene Field 133757InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$19.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 140032InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 4Coed2016/03/29 15:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$32.00
Badminton at Eugene Field 140104InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Baseball at Eugene Field 140159InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to May 26, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Basketball - Open at Eugene Field 140186OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Eugene Field 140248InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Chess at Eugene Field 153984OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Color Theory & Oil Painting at Eugene Field 140428InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2016/04/01 17:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Color Theory & Oil Painting at Eugene Field 140425InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2016/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$32.00
Little Artists at Eugene Field 141065InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$24.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Eugene Field 153255InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 21:30From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$26.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Eugene Field 141123InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Painting Open Studio at Eugene Field 153256OpenCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2016/03/28 16:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
$11.00
Painting Open Studio at Eugene Field 153983OpenCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2016/03/29 17:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Eugene Field 141324InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 21, 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
$143.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 141604InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 141605InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Eugene Field 141757InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/16 14:30From April 16, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$27.00
Soccer at Eugene Field 141793InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/04/02 17:45From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Soccer at Eugene Field 141794InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$12.00
T-Ball at Eugene Field 141945InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Eugene Field 142158InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/03/30 23:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$17.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 153982OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$22.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 142187OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/04/01 14:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$22.00
World Art at Eugene Field 142397InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00

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Check out our new playground! Eugene Field serves its diverse Albany Park community with numerous athletic programs such as basketball, soccer, and floor hockey, as well as step aerobics, and badminton. For the little ones we have a variety of early childhood programs such as Moms, Pops, and Tots, Art & ABC’s, Preschool and Tot Spot to name a few.

We invite you to visit the program page to view a complete listing of park programs.

The Chicago River runs through the more than 12-acre Eugene Field, providing a beautiful natural landscape for visitors. The park also features two baseball fields and outdoor basketball court, four tennis courts, and a playground and spray pool. Eugene Field exposes community members to the arts with a number of cultural offerings through programs, performances and partnerships. Both youth and adults get into the act with various drama programs at the park, and oil painting.

Albany Park Theatre Project (APTP) is an Arts Partner in Residence at Eugene Field. Formed in 1997, APTP is an ensemble of local teenagers who create original theatre from real-life stories and experiences of this working-class Albany Park community. The group typically presents one full-scale productions per year in Laura Wiley Theater at Eugene Field Park. For more information, visit http://www.aptpchicago.org/.

A 45-foot by 10-foot exterior clay and ceramic tile mosaic installed on the exterior of the fieldhouse was designed and created by 15 local teens in the Gallery 37 in the Parks program, the artwork depicts scenes from poems by the late children’s poet Eugene Field, such as “Wynken, Blyken and Nod” and “The Bellflower Tree.” The park also features an interior WPA mural dedicated to the arts.

Eugene Field Park was created by the Albany Park District, an independent park board formed in 1917 to provide recreational facilities and enhance the Chicago River's banks in the rapidly-developing North Park and Albany Park communities. In 1923, the Albany Park District began purchasing nearly ten acres of riverside land in the center of its territory. Although land acquisition took a full decade, landscape architect Henry J. Stockman soon prepared a plan that took full advantage of the picturesque river bank site, and improvements began in 1925. In 1928, Clarence Hatzfeld, a member of the park board and architect of many northwest side recreational, commercial, and residential buildings, designed a Tudor Revival-style fieldhouse for the park. A stone grotto and fountain originally graced the front of the fieldhouse. Inside, a Federal Works Progress Administration artist created a mural entitled "The Participation of Youth in the Realm of the Arts." In 1934, the financial stresses of the Great Depression prompted consolidation of the city's 22 independent park boards, including the Albany Park District, into the unified Chicago Park District. By 1938, Eugene Field Park had a playground, a wading pool, tennis courts, and a lovely wooded picnic area. A decade later, the park district expanded the site by more than two acres, improving the new property with baseball and football fields. In 1980, the park district began leasing another half-acre of city land along the riverbank. Recent park improvements include a soft surface playground and ornamental fencing along Foster Avenue. The park honors writer and poet Eugene Field (1850-1895), a nationally-renowned children's author. Among Field's best known works are "Little Boy Blue," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," and the "Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat." Born in St. Louis, Field worked for a number of western and midwestern newspapers before being recruited by the Chicago Daily News to write a humor column in 1883. Field made his home on Chicago's north side.

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