Russell Square Park

  • 3045 E. 83rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Demitrice Seaton
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6651

Located in the South Chicago neighborhood, Russell Square Park totals 11.47 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, multi-purpose ball fields, walking trail, basketball/sand volleyball courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Inter-City Basketball/Baseball, badminton, Junior Bears Football. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Sports Camp. In addition to programs, Russell Square Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as our Park Showcase, Turkey Trot, and other holiday-themed events

History

The visionary South Park Commission superintendent J. Frank Foster conceived Russell Square along with nine other revolutionary parks that opened to the public in 1905. These innovative parks provided social services as well as breathing spaces to overcrowded tenement neighborhoods on Chicago's south side. In addition to year-round recreational facilities and social activities, the new parks offered English lessons and other educational programs, the earliest branches of the Chicago Public Library, inexpensive hot meals, free public bathing facilities, and other health services. The ten parks, which quickly proved to be nationally influential, included Russell, Mark White, Davis, Armour, and Cornell Squares, and Bessemer, Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, and Hamilton Parks. Although the entire system was originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers landscape architects and Daniel H. Burnham & Co. architects, Russell Square has undergone many changes. The fieldhouse designed by Chicago Park District architects replaced the original building in 1967. The park pays tribute to Martin J. Russell (1845-1900), an accomplished native Chicagoan. After serving as Lieutenant in the Union Army during the Civil War, Russell began a career in journalism. In 1874, he began serving on the Board of Education, and two years later, he was elected Town Clerk. In 1880, he was appointed to the Board of the South Park Commission. He continued serving on the board until 1894, when President Cleveland appointed him Collector of Customs for the port of Chicago. Russell resigned from the collectorship in 1897 and continued in his journalistic career.

Parking/Directions

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

Russell Square Baseball

Russell Square Baseball

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Basketball Court

Russell Square Basketball Court

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Fieldhouse

Russell Square Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd Street

Hours: , ,

Russell Square Fitness Center

Russell Square Fitness Center

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Hours: , ,

Notes: M-F, 9-8pm; Sa, 9-5pm; Su, Closed. Sign up for a membership

Russell Square Football Field

Russell Square Football Field

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Gymnasiums

Russell Square Gymnasiums

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Meeting Space

Russell Square Meeting Space

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Playground

Russell Square PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Tennis Court

Russell Square Tennis Court

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Events

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. 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.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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
Day Camp at Russell Square 118428CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$179.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Russell Square 119045InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Russell Square 119193Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/05/29 21:00From May 29, 2015 to July 31, 2015
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
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Russell Square 119224InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to September 25, 2015
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
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Russell Square 119225InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to September 25, 2015
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
Kickboxing at Russell Square 119251InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 00:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Late Summer Camp at Russell Square 119453CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$51.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 119628InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 119630InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 17:45From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 119629InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/18 17:45From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 119631InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Open Swim at Russell Square 120455OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 22:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:15pm to 7pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 5:15pm to 7pm
$0
Play Camp at Russell Square 120868CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$51.00
POST Adult Swim at Russell Square 130784OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/29 16:00From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Open Swim at Russell Square 130782OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 22:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:15pm to 7pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 5:15pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 2pm
$0
POST Open Swim at Russell Square 131831OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 17:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:45pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Russell Square 131838OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 16:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
POST Youth Swim Female at Russell Square 130779OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/08/24 20:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
$0
POST Youth Swim Male at Russell Square 131828OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2015/08/24 21:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$0
Youth Swim Female at Russell Square 120440OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/06/12 19:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Russell Square 120448OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Male2015/06/12 20:45From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$0

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Description

Located in the South Chicago neighborhood, Russell Square Park totals 11.47 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, multi-purpose ball fields, walking trail, basketball/sand volleyball courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Inter-City Basketball/Baseball, badminton, Junior Bears Football. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Sports Camp. In addition to programs, Russell Square Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as our Park Showcase, Turkey Trot, and other holiday-themed events

The visionary South Park Commission superintendent J. Frank Foster conceived Russell Square along with nine other revolutionary parks that opened to the public in 1905. These innovative parks provided social services as well as breathing spaces to overcrowded tenement neighborhoods on Chicago's south side. In addition to year-round recreational facilities and social activities, the new parks offered English lessons and other educational programs, the earliest branches of the Chicago Public Library, inexpensive hot meals, free public bathing facilities, and other health services. The ten parks, which quickly proved to be nationally influential, included Russell, Mark White, Davis, Armour, and Cornell Squares, and Bessemer, Ogden, Sherman, Palmer, and Hamilton Parks. Although the entire system was originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers landscape architects and Daniel H. Burnham & Co. architects, Russell Square has undergone many changes. The fieldhouse designed by Chicago Park District architects replaced the original building in 1967. The park pays tribute to Martin J. Russell (1845-1900), an accomplished native Chicagoan. After serving as Lieutenant in the Union Army during the Civil War, Russell began a career in journalism. In 1874, he began serving on the Board of Education, and two years later, he was elected Town Clerk. In 1880, he was appointed to the Board of the South Park Commission. He continued serving on the board until 1894, when President Cleveland appointed him Collector of Customs for the port of Chicago. Russell resigned from the collectorship in 1897 and continued in his journalistic career.

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