Russell Square Park

  • 3045 E. 83rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: Park: 6AM - 11PM
  • Park Supervisor: Demitrice Seaton
  • 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: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Basketball Court

Russell Square Basketball Court

Location: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Fitness Center

Russell Square Fitness Center

Location: 3045 E. 83rd St.

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

Russell Square Football Field

Russell Square Football Field

Location: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Gymnasiums

Russell Square Gymnasiums

Location: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Meeting Space

Russell Square Meeting Space

Location: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Playground

Russell Square PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Russell Square Tennis Court

Russell Square Tennis Court

Location: 3045 E. 83rd 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
Day Camp at Russell Square 82296CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$175.00
Fitness Bootcamp at Russell Square 87466InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 12, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Russell Square 82698Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom May 30, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
Free
Junior Bear Football at Russell Square 82732InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 12CoedFrom June 30, 2014 to September 26, 2014
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
Free
Junior Bear Football at Russell Square 82733InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14CoedFrom June 30, 2014 to September 26, 2014
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
Free
Kickboxing at Russell Square 82762InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 12, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Kickboxing at Russell Square 82763InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 12, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$12.00
Late Summer Camp at Russell Square 88509CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
$50.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 82921InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 3, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 82923InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 29, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 82922InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Russell Square 82924InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 2, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Open Swim at Russell Square 87330OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 19FemaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Russell Square 87332OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 19MaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Russell Square 87334OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 5:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 5:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Free
Play Camp at Russell Square 83147CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$50.00
Yoga at Russell Square 87465InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 12, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Russell Square 111382OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$36.00
Basketball - Open at Russell Square 92332OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 17MaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Russell Square 92331OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:45am
$36.00
Basketball - Open at Russell Square 111381OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:45pm
$36.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Russell Square 92523InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Kickboxing at Russell Square 93459InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Senior Citizens Club at Russell Square 94481OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2:30pm
Free

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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

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 3045 E. 83rd St. 1
Basketball Court - Outdoor 3045 E. 83rd St. 1
Fitness Centers 3045 E. 83rd St. 1 M-F, 9-8pm; Sa, 9-5pm; Su, Closed. Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 3045 E. 83rd St. 1
Gymnasiums 3045 E. 83rd St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 3045 E. 83rd St. 1
Playgrounds 3045 E. 83rd St. 0
Swimming Pools 3045 E. 83rd St. 0
Tennis Courts 3045 E. 83rd St. 1
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.