Eugene Field Park

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

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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.

Events

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
Click on the program name links below to register now.

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 122325InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/17 14:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$29.00
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 122366InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$31.00
Badminton at Eugene Field 122423InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Eugene Field 122479OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Chess at Eugene Field 147486OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Color Theory & Oil Painting at Eugene Field 147479InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$26.00
Color Theory & Oil Painting at Eugene Field 147480InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2015/09/18 17:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Color Theory & Oil Painting at Eugene Field 147481InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2015/09/18 22:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$31.00
Dodgeball at Eugene Field 147484InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$11.00
Flag Football at Eugene Field 122976InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Flag Football at Eugene Field 122975InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Eugene Field 123093InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 18:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
Girls in the Game Partnership at Eugene Field 123153PartnershipGroupOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Kiddie College at Eugene Field 123371InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$56.00
Little Artists at Eugene Field 123550InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$23.00
Little Artists at Eugene Field 123551InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$23.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Eugene Field 123610InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$21.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Eugene Field 123685InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$21.00
Painting Open Studio at Eugene Field 147805OpenCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$25.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 123850InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$26.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 123852InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/16 17:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$26.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 123851InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$26.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Eugene Field 123853InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/18 17:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall Session at Eugene Field 123862InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 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
$179.00
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
Play Production Partnership at Eugene Field 123955PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to November 27, 2015
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
Play School at Eugene Field 147483InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$31.00
RedCross Baby Sitter Certification at Eugene Field 124079InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2015/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2015 to November 13, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$31.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 124126InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 124127InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 124125InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$11.00
Soccer at Eugene Field 147485InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$11.00
Soccer at Eugene Field 124309InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$11.00
Soccer at Eugene Field 124308InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/19 16:45From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Eugene Field 124604InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$16.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 124640OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 6y 1m Coed2015/09/16 17:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$11.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 124639OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/18 14:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$21.00
World Art at Eugene Field 147482InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$19.00

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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.