Russell Square Park

  • 3045 E. 83rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: David Reed
  • 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

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Notes:

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

Russell Square Football Field

Russell Square Football Field

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Descriptors: Grass

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

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Russell Square Tennis Court

Russell Square Tennis Court

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

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
Day Camp at Russell Square 156461CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 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
$188.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Russell Square 156910Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/27 21:00From June 27, 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
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Russell Square 156931InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/08/23 21:00From August 23, 2016 to September 30, 2016
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 156942InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2016/08/23 21:00From August 23, 2016 to September 30, 2016
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
Late Summer Camp at Russell Square 157024CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 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
$26.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 157204InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 157206InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 17:45From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 157205InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/23 17:45From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 157207InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Open Swim at Russell Square 157353OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Each Sunday from 5:15pm to 7pm
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
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
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:15pm
$0
Open Swim at Russell Square 157353OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Each Sunday from 5:15pm to 7pm
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
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
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:15pm
$0
Open Swim at Russell Square 157353OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Each Sunday from 5:15pm to 7pm
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
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
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:15pm
$0
Play Camp at Russell Square 157489CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$52.00
TEAM Sports at Russell Square 158334InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 20:15From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Youth Swim at Russell Square 158776OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 19:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
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 Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
$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.