Fuller Park

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

Fuller (Melville) located in Fuller Park Community, Fuller Park totals 10.50 acres and features a field house kitchen, fitness center, 2 gymnasium, an auditorium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park features a swimming pool, refurbished patio and fountain area, basketball courts, athletic field for soccer and football, baseball field, tennis courts, playground and interactive water spray pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as the fountain area for weddings.

Park-goers can play basketball, baseball and swim at the facility. 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, such as black history photo exhibits, gym showcases and holiday events like Easter Bunny activities.

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

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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 Center

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

Notes: M-F 8am-9pm Sat 8am-4pm Sun 10am-3pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

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 Playground

Location Notes: 331 W. 45th St

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

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

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 Tuesday, August 5, 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
Archery at Fuller 91999InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Basketball at Fuller 92267InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
Free
Boxing at Fuller 92475InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 18 but less than 61CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$35.00
Boxing at Fuller 92478InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
Free
Boxing at Fuller 92477InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
Free
Conditioning at Fuller 94733InstructionWellness - Fitness62 and upCoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11am
Free
Conditioning at Fuller 94780InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$35.00
Dance- Ballet-Beginner Arts Partner at Fuller 92733PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 13, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$75.00
Dance- Ballet-Beginner Arts Partner at Fuller 92734PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 10 but less than 15CoedFrom September 13, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$75.00
Dance- Hip Hop Arts Partner at Fuller 92735PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 11, 2014 to December 11, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$75.00
Dance- Hip Hop Arts Partner at Fuller 92736PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 10 but less than 15CoedFrom September 11, 2014 to December 11, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$75.00
Dance- Jazz Arts Partner at Fuller 92737PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 13, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$75.00
Dance- Jazz Arts Partner at Fuller 92738PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 10 but less than 15CoedFrom September 13, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$75.00
Dance- Modern Arts Partner at Fuller 92739PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoedFrom September 10, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$130.00
Dance- Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at Fuller 92742PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 13, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$70.00
Drop-in at Fuller 92790InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 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
Free
Fit & Strong at Fuller 92820InstructionWellness - Fitness62 and upCoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 11, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Free
Homework Time at Fuller 93145InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Free
Martial Arts Partnership at Fuller 93729PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 13, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$55.00
Martial Arts Partnership at Fuller 93728PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$55.00
Pre-Teen Club at Fuller 94239OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 94359InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 94358InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 94357InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Fuller 94469OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 16, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Stretching at Fuller 94735InstructionWellness - Fitness62 and upCoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Touch Football at Fuller 95291InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to 2:30pm
Free
Volleyball at Fuller 95388InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 8, 2014 to December 15, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Free
Walking Club at Fuller 95444OpenWellness - Walking21 and upCoedFrom September 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
Free

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Description

Fuller (Melville) located in Fuller Park Community, Fuller Park totals 10.50 acres and features a field house kitchen, fitness center, 2 gymnasium, an auditorium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park features a swimming pool, refurbished patio and fountain area, basketball courts, athletic field for soccer and football, baseball field, tennis courts, playground and interactive water spray pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as the fountain area for weddings.

Park-goers can play basketball, baseball and swim at the facility. 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, such as black history photo exhibits, gym showcases and holiday events like Easter Bunny activities.

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.