Eugene Field Park

  • 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60625 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Tracy Brumley
  • 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

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

Eugene Field Baseball

Eugene Field Baseball

Location: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Basketball

Eugene Field Basketball

Location: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Descriptors: Lighted

Eugene Field Garden

Eugene Field Garden

Location: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Edible

Eugene Field Fieldhouse

Eugene Field Fieldhouse

Location: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Gymnasium

Eugene Field Gymnasium

Location: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Auditorium & Clubrooms

Eugene Field Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Notes: Clubrooms

Eugene Field Playground

Eugene Field PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Tennis Court

Eugene Field Tennis Court

Location: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Water Spray Feature

Eugene Field Water Spray Feature

Location: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Events

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Eugene Field 80800InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Free
Basketball - 4 on 4 League at Eugene Field 80806Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 6, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Free
Day Camp at Eugene Field 80957CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom 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
$333.00
Early Bird Camp at Eugene Field 86320CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$55.00
Extended Camp at Eugene Field 81084CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$167.00
Soccer Camp at Eugene Field 81559CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Eugene Field 89386InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$28.00
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 89423InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 89424InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 89422InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Badminton at Eugene Field 89490InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Basketball at Eugene Field 89573OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Basketball at Eugene Field 89574OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Free
Basketball League at Eugene Field 110663Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10MaleFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Basketball League at Eugene Field 110664Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10FemaleFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$25.00
Conditioning at Eugene Field 89805InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$20.00
Dodgeball League at Eugene Field 89917Individual_LeagueSports - DodgeballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Free
Flag Football at Eugene Field 90001InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Flag Football at Eugene Field 90000InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Eugene Field 90107InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$10.00
Girls in the Game at Eugene Field 110662InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 29, 2014 to December 8, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Free
Kiddie College at Eugene Field 90367InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$55.00
Little Artists at Eugene Field 110660InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$20.00
Little Artists at Eugene Field 110660InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$20.00
Little Artists at Eugene Field 110661InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Little Artists at Eugene Field 110661InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Eugene Field 90586InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Eugene Field 90662InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$20.00
Oil Painting at Eugene Field 110658InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 2:30pm
$30.00
Oil Painting at Eugene Field 90747InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Free
Oil Painting at Eugene Field 90746InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$30.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 90792InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$25.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 90794InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$25.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 90795InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 90793InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$25.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Eugene Field 90808InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$175.00
Play Production Partnership at Eugene Field 90881PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 5pm
Free
RedCross Baby Sitter Certification at EugeneField 111176InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 11 but less than 16CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 14, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 91041InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 91042InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 110659InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$10.00
Soccer at Eugene Field 110654InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Soccer at Eugene Field 110656InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Eugene Field 91516InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$15.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 91562OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 6y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$10.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 91561OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$18.00

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. Lighted 1
Community Gardens 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. Edible 1 Community Garden
Fieldhouse 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. 0
Gymnasiums 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. 2 Clubrooms
Playgrounds 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. 4
Water Spray Features 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave. 1
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.