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

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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

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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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  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, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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 196276InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/08/15 21:00From August 15, 2017 to November 3, 2017
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 196288InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/08/15 21:00From August 15, 2017 to October 27, 2017
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
Baseball Camp at Russell Square 205162CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/12/28 17:00December 28, 2017
Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Russell Square 205515InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/23 19:00From September 23, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Park Kids - Fall at Russell Square 207111InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/08/21 20:00From August 21, 2017 to December 1, 2017
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
$23.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Russell Square 207176Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/08/21 20:00From August 21, 2017 to June 8, 2018$69.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Russell Square 207528InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Russell Square 207571OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Russell Square 208001OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2017/10/09 22:30From October 9, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Russell Square 213369InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$23.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Russell Square 219296InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$23.00

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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.