Fuller Park

  • 331 W. 45th St   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Michael Brown
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6144

Fuller (Melville) Park is located in Fuller Park Community. The park totals 10.50 acres and features a field house kitchen, fitness center, two gymnasiums, an auditorium and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park features a swimming pool, a refurbished patio and fountain area, basketball courts, an athletic field for soccer and football, a baseball field, tennis courts, a playground and an interactive water spray pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental, including the fountain area, which is popular for weddings.

Park-goers come to Fuller Park to enjoy basketball, baseball and swimming. After school 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, Fuller Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, including Black History Month photo exhibits, gym showcases and holiday events. 

History

Planned in 1903 as part of the South Park Commission's revolutionary neighborhood park system, Fuller Park did not open to the public until 1911. The first ten south side neighborhood parks: Armour, Cornell, Davis, Russell, and Mark White Squares, and Bessemer, Ogden, Sherman, Hamilton, and Palmer Parks, were completed in 1905. Nationally influential, they provided "breathing spaces" as well as social and recreational services to their congested neighborhoods. Community protests about the proposed location for Fuller Park delayed its development until a nearby site was selected in 1908. The new site had some difficult conditions, however landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers were able to make these problems into assets. For instance, unsightly raised train tracks were hidden by an attractive grandstand. Fuller Park's delay gave architect Edward H. Bennett of D. H. Burnham and Co. an opportunity to refine design concepts. Unlike Bennett's earlier fieldhouses, the first of the building-type nationally, Fuller Park's facility consisted of a symmetrical complex of buildings flanking a central outdoor children's courtyard. Commissioner Judge John Barton Payne donated funds for murals in the fieldhouse assembly hall. Painted by renowned muralist John Warner Norton, the artworks feature scenes of Spanish and French Explorers. Fuller Park honors Melville W. Fuller (1833-1910), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1888 until 1910. A leader of the Chicago Bar, Fuller served as counsel for the City of Chicago in riparian rights disputes related to the development of parkland on the lakefront. Fuller served as a South Park Commissioner from 1882 until 1887.

Parking/Directions

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

Community Quilt

Community Quilt (1)

Location Notes: Art room

Descriptors: Indoor, Object

Early Explorers Series

Early Explorers Series (1)

Location Notes: Interior of assembly hall

Descriptors: Indoor, Mural

Fountain

Fountain (1)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Fountain

Melville W. Fuller Bust

Melville W. Fuller Bust (1)

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th Street; north end of courtyard

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Untitled Mosaics

Untitled Mosaics (1)

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Fuller Diamond

Fuller Diamond

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

Basketball Court - Outdoor

Basketball Court - Outdoor

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St.

Fuller Boxing Gymnasium

Fuller Boxing Gymnasium

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

Fuller Fieldhouse

Fuller Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

Hours: , ,

Fuller Fitness Center

Fuller Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Fuller Gymnasium

Fuller Gymnasium

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

Fuller Auditorium & Clubrooms

Fuller Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

Fuller Playground

Fuller PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Fuller Running Track

Fuller Running Track

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

Fuller Park Pool

Fuller Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-5997

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Fuller Tennis Court

Fuller Tennis Court

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

Fuller Spray Pool

Fuller Spray Pool

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 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
Boxing at Fuller 165471InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 8:30pm
$37.00
Boxing at Fuller 165473InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8:30pm
$0
Boxing at Fuller 165472InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Conditioning at Fuller 165621InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11am
$0
Drop-in at Fuller 165817InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to December 16, 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
$0
Fit & Strong at Fuller 165877InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/06 16:00From September 6, 2016 to December 20, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at Fuller 167113Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Neighborhood Soccer League at Fuller 167114Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Pre-Teen Club at Fuller 167616OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 167749InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 167748InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 167747InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Fuller 167914OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Stretching at Fuller 168183InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Touch Football at Fuller 168769InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 2:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Fuller 168937InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Walking Club at Fuller 168994OpenWellness - Walking21 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Fuller 172176InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2017/01/07 15:00From January 7, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$0
Boxing at Fuller 172437InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 8:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 8:30pm
$0
Boxing at Fuller 172439InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Boxing at Fuller 172440InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8:30pm
$0
Conditioning at Fuller 172589InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Drop-in at Fuller 172776InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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
$0
Fit & Strong at Fuller 172839InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Pre-Teen Club at Fuller 174134OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 174254InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 174253InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Fuller 174401OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Stretching at Fuller 174664InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 14:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Tap & Jazz at Fuller 174723InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Walking Club at Fuller 175388OpenWellness - Walking25 and upCoed2017/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0

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Fuller (Melville) Park is located in Fuller Park Community. The park totals 10.50 acres and features a field house kitchen, fitness center, two gymnasiums, an auditorium and meeting rooms.

Outside, the park features a swimming pool, a refurbished patio and fountain area, basketball courts, an athletic field for soccer and football, a baseball field, tennis courts, a playground and an interactive water spray pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental, including the fountain area, which is popular for weddings.

Park-goers come to Fuller Park to enjoy basketball, baseball and swimming. After school 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, Fuller Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, including Black History Month photo exhibits, gym showcases and holiday events. 

Planned in 1903 as part of the South Park Commission's revolutionary neighborhood park system, Fuller Park did not open to the public until 1911. The first ten south side neighborhood parks: Armour, Cornell, Davis, Russell, and Mark White Squares, and Bessemer, Ogden, Sherman, Hamilton, and Palmer Parks, were completed in 1905. Nationally influential, they provided "breathing spaces" as well as social and recreational services to their congested neighborhoods. Community protests about the proposed location for Fuller Park delayed its development until a nearby site was selected in 1908. The new site had some difficult conditions, however landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers were able to make these problems into assets. For instance, unsightly raised train tracks were hidden by an attractive grandstand. Fuller Park's delay gave architect Edward H. Bennett of D. H. Burnham and Co. an opportunity to refine design concepts. Unlike Bennett's earlier fieldhouses, the first of the building-type nationally, Fuller Park's facility consisted of a symmetrical complex of buildings flanking a central outdoor children's courtyard. Commissioner Judge John Barton Payne donated funds for murals in the fieldhouse assembly hall. Painted by renowned muralist John Warner Norton, the artworks feature scenes of Spanish and French Explorers. Fuller Park honors Melville W. Fuller (1833-1910), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1888 until 1910. A leader of the Chicago Bar, Fuller served as counsel for the City of Chicago in riparian rights disputes related to the development of parkland on the lakefront. Fuller served as a South Park Commissioner from 1882 until 1887.

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