Russell Square Park

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

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Russell Square Fitness Center

Russell Square Fitness Center

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

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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 Park Pool

Russell Square Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)742-4466

Russell Square Tennis Court

Russell Square Tennis Court

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

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.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Russell Square 94141Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$60.00
Physical Disability Support Group at Russell Sq 113345OpenSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help16 and upCoed2014/10/20 20:00From October 20, 2014 to March 30, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Skyhawks Adult Wheelchair Basketball at Russell Sq 113347InstructionSports - Basketball16 and upCoed2014/10/20 21:00From October 20, 2014 to March 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Skyhawks Youth WC Basketball Skills at Russell Sq 113348InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 19Coed2014/10/20 23:00From October 20, 2014 to March 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Russell Square 105278OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 23:00From April 2, 2015 to May 28, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$2.00
Basketball - Open at Russell Square 105279OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Russell Square 105280OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/04/04 19:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Russell Square 106285InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Kickboxing at Russell Square 108408InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Russell Square 106998InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
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
$21.00
Seasonal Sports at Russell Square 107261InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/03/30 16:45From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 11:45am to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 11:45am to 2:45pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Russell Square 107340InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Russell Square 107389OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2:30pm
$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.