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 Park is located in Fuller Park Community. The park totals 10.50 acres and features a field house with a kitchen, a 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

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 2017.

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 178133InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
16" Softball at Fuller 178132InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Archery at Fuller 178336InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Basketball League at Fuller 178718Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/04/08 00:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Boxing at Fuller 178847InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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
$39.00
Boxing at Fuller 178849InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
Boxing at Fuller 178848InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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 178886InstructionWellness - Fitness25 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$39.00
Conditioning at Fuller 178990InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Dance - Modern at Fuller 179082InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Dance - Tap at Fuller 179097InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Drop-in at Fuller 179167InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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 179218InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
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 179736InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/04/08 21:30From April 8, 2017 to December 2, 2017
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 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Pre-Teen Club at Fuller 180641OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 180745InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Fuller 180901OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Stretching at Fuller 181243InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Walking Club at Fuller 182025OpenWellness - Walking21 and upCoed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Fuller 195314InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/06/27 21:00From June 27, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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 195396InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2017/06/24 16:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Basketball at Fuller 195397InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 18:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Boxing at Fuller 195457InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/06/19 17:30From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
$39.00
Boxing at Fuller 195455InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to July 28, 2017
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
$0
Boxing at Fuller 195456InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 21:00From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 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
Cultural Camp at Fuller 195537CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$84.00
Early Bird Camp at Fuller 195749CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$29.00
Extended Camp at Fuller 195837CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$29.00
Learn to Swim at Fuller 196488InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fuller 196487InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 21:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fuller 196486InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Fuller 196956InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 23:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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 196957InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 01:00From June 19, 2017 to July 28, 2017
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 197066CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$84.00
TEAM Sports at Fuller 197161InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 21:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$35.00

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Description

Fuller Park is located in Fuller Park Community. The park totals 10.50 acres and features a field house with a kitchen, a 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.