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

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

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: ,

Notes: Weekends: Open only for special events.

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

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

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.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Art & ABCs at Eugene Field 89386InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/18 14:30From 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 9Coed2014/09/15 21:30From 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 Coed2014/09/16 15:30From 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 9Coed2014/09/19 21:00From 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 13Coed2014/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Eugene Field 89573OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Eugene Field 89574OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Conditioning at Eugene Field 89805InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 23:30From 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 18Coed2014/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Flag Football at Eugene Field 90001InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2014/09/18 21:00From 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 13Coed2014/09/18 22:00From 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 6Coed2014/09/18 18:00From 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 13Female2014/09/29 21:30From September 29, 2014 to December 8, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Kiddie College at Eugene Field 90367InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 16:00From 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 110660InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 20:00From 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 6Coed2014/09/16 18:00From 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 13Coed2014/09/16 21:00From 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 Coed2014/09/16 14:30From 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 upCoed2014/09/15 17:00From 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 upCoed2014/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$0
Oil Painting at Eugene Field 90746InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2014/09/19 22:30From 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 upCoed2014/09/15 23:30From 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 upCoed2014/09/17 17:30From 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 upCoed2014/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 90793InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/19 23:30From 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 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Eugene Field 90827Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$455.00
Play Production Partnership at Eugene Field 90881PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 20:00From 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
$0
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 91041InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2014/09/16 21:00From 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 13Coed2014/09/16 22:00From 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 6Coed2014/09/17 15:30From 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 13Coed2014/09/19 21:00From 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 9Coed2014/09/19 22:00From 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 Coed2014/09/17 14:30From 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 Coed2014/09/17 17:30From 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 Coed2014/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$18.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Eugene Field 95857InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/08 15:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$28.00
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 95897InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 95899InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 114279InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Badminton at Eugene Field 95963InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Eugene Field 96009OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Eugene Field 96065InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Basketball at Eugene Field 96066InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Conditioning at Eugene Field 96290InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Eugene Field 96389InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Dodgeball at Eugene Field 96386InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Eugene Field 96600InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$10.00
Girls in the Game Partnership at Eugene Field 113238PartnershipGroupOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/02/09 22:30From February 9, 2015 to April 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Kiddie College at Eugene Field 96890InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$55.00
Little Artists at Eugene Field 113234InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$22.00
Little Artists at Eugene Field 95898InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$22.00
Mixed Media - Drawing at Eugene Field 97090InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Eugene Field 97171InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/06 15:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$20.00
Oil Painting at Eugene Field 113233InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 2:30pm
$30.00
Oil Painting at Eugene Field 97239InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2015/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$0
Oil Painting at Eugene Field 97238InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2015/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$30.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 97446InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$25.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 97448InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 18:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$25.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 97449InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 97447InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$25.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Eugene Field 97459InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$140.00
Play Production Partnership at Eugene Field 97515PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 9pm
$0
RedCross Baby Sitter Cert at Eugene Field 112967InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 97671InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 97672InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 113236InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$10.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 League at Eugene Field 113239Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$25.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 League at Eugene Field 113240Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2015/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2015 to March 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$25.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 League at Eugene Field 113241Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2015 to March 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$25.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Eugene Field 98138InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/07 15:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$15.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 98172OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 18:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$10.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 98171OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$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.