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) 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

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

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

Events

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I Love Music at Fuller

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Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
16" Softball at Fuller 142497InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
16" Softball at Fuller 142496InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Archery at Fuller 142675InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Basketball League at Fuller 142983Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Boxing at Fuller 143172InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/03/28 17:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 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 143174InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 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 143173InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Cardio Line Dance at Fuller 143212InstructionWellness - Fitness25 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$37.00
Conditioning at Fuller 143319InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 16:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Dance - Modern at Fuller 143405InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Dance - Tap at Fuller 143420InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Drop-in at Fuller 143491InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 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 143535InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 17:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Fuller 159914InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/03/28 21:30From March 28, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Pre-Teen Club at Fuller 144886OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 144986InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Fuller 145142OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Stretching at Fuller 145490InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 15:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Walking Club at Fuller 146175OpenWellness - Walking21 and upCoed2016/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Fuller 156113InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 4, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball at Fuller 156203InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2016/07/02 16:30From July 2, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Basketball at Fuller 156204InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2016/07/02 18:30From July 2, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at Fuller 156256InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/06/20 17:30From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 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 156254InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/27 20:00From June 27, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Boxing at Fuller 156255InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 4, 2016 to August 12, 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
Cultural Camp at Fuller 156333CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$80.00
Early Bird Camp at Fuller 156531CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$28.00
Extended Camp at Fuller 156620CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fuller 157136InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/22 21:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fuller 157135InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 21:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fuller 157134InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 158129InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 23:00From July 4, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 158130InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2016/06/28 01:00From June 27, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
$0
Sports Camp at Fuller 158223CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$80.00
TEAM Sports at Fuller 158314InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Fuller 158382Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/12 21:00From July 12, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Fuller 158383Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/07/13 21:00From July 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0

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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.