Russell Square Park

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

Hours: , ,

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 Park Pool

Russell Square Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Hours:

Phone: (312) 747-6651

Descriptors: Outdoor

Russell Square Tennis Court

Russell Square Tennis Court

Location Notes: 3045 E. 83rd St.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Russell Square 165214OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Russell Square 165213OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:30pm
$30.00
Bitty Basketball at Russell Square 186683InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/10/01 19:00From October 1, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Russell Square 166572InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Russell Square 166582InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Russell Square 167313InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
$22.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Russell Square 167394Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to June 16, 2017$66.00
Physical Disability Support Group at Russell Sq 167419OpenSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help16 and upCoed2016/10/24 20:00From October 24, 2016 to April 3, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Russell Square 167804InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/08/29 16:45From August 29, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 11:45am to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 11:45am to 2:45pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Russell Square 167870InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Russell Square 167928OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2:30pm
$0
Skyhawks Adult Wheelchair Basketball at Russell Sq 167972InstructionSports - Basketball16 and upCoed2016/10/24 21:00From October 24, 2016 to April 3, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Skyhawks Youth WC Basketball Skills at Russell Sq 167974InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 19Coed2016/10/24 23:00From October 24, 2016 to April 3, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Russell Square 186771OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2016/10/17 22:30From October 17, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$5.00

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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.