Williams (Daniel Hale) Park

  • 2710 S. Dearborn St.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Keith Jones
  • Park Phone: (312) 590-5993

Located in the Douglas Community Area, Williams Park totals 8.51 acres and the park offers an athletic field, playground equipment, a small recreation building, a spray pool, and horse shoe, tennis, and basketball courts, and an interactive water spray feature offers community children relief from Chicago's hot summers. Williams Park also uses the gymnasium facility and rooms in the adjacent Drake School, formerly the Williams School. Park-goers can play baseball, basketball and table games at the facility. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. In addition to programs, Williams Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events, skating parties and concerts.

History

During and after World War I, many African-Americans arrived in the Douglas neighborhood from the rural south, and the community soon became the heart of Black Chicago. By the early 1940s, government urban renewal projects led to the demolition of much of the neighborhood's aging housing stock, with large areas of public housing taking its place. Among the new housing projects was the 800-unit Dearborn Homes, opened in 1950. As planning for this complex progressed, the Chicago Housing Authority began working with the Chicago Park District to provide parkland for the new development. The park district purchased more than 6 acres of property from CHA in 1950, awarding contracts for landscape improvements and utilities the following year. Construction of a neighborhood school on adjacent land moved forward simultaneously, and the park district soon began using the school's gymnasium as a fieldhouse in the evenings and on weekends. Over the years, the park district added an athletic field, playground equipment, a small recreation building, a spray pool, and horse shoe, tennis, and basketball courts. A recently-installed interactive waterplay area offers community children relief from Chicago's hot summers. Both the park and the adjacent school bear the name of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931), the pre-eminent African-American surgeon of his time. Having arrived in Chicago in 1880, Williams entered the Chicago Medical College, graduating three years later. Unable to join the staff of any city hospital due to his race, in 1891 Williams founded the predominantly-black Provident Hospital in a three-story building at 29th and Dearborn Streets, just a few blocks from the site of Williams Park and School. Provident offered the country's first nursing school for African-Americans. Not long after founding Provident Hospital, Williams gained international fame for performing the world's first successful open heart surgery in 1893.

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Williams Diamond

Williams Diamond

Location Notes: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Williams Daniel Hale Fieldhouse

Williams Daniel Hale Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2710 S. Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

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Drake School Fitness Center

Drake School Fitness Center

Williams Soccer/ Football

Williams Soccer/ Football

Location Notes: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Descriptors: Grass

Williams Spray Pool

Williams Spray Pool

Location Notes: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

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
Basketball - Open at Williams 165256OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$2.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Williams 184721InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:45From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$4.00
Flag Football at Williams 184720InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 12Male2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$0
Flag Football at Williams 184719InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Golf at Williams 166100InstructionSports - GolfAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2016 to October 12, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Williams 167332InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6:45pm
$42.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Williams 167408Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$126.00
Seasonal Sports at Williams 167836InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at Williams 168312OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0

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Located in the Douglas Community Area, Williams Park totals 8.51 acres and the park offers an athletic field, playground equipment, a small recreation building, a spray pool, and horse shoe, tennis, and basketball courts, and an interactive water spray feature offers community children relief from Chicago's hot summers. Williams Park also uses the gymnasium facility and rooms in the adjacent Drake School, formerly the Williams School. Park-goers can play baseball, basketball and table games at the facility. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. In addition to programs, Williams Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events, skating parties and concerts.

During and after World War I, many African-Americans arrived in the Douglas neighborhood from the rural south, and the community soon became the heart of Black Chicago. By the early 1940s, government urban renewal projects led to the demolition of much of the neighborhood's aging housing stock, with large areas of public housing taking its place. Among the new housing projects was the 800-unit Dearborn Homes, opened in 1950. As planning for this complex progressed, the Chicago Housing Authority began working with the Chicago Park District to provide parkland for the new development. The park district purchased more than 6 acres of property from CHA in 1950, awarding contracts for landscape improvements and utilities the following year. Construction of a neighborhood school on adjacent land moved forward simultaneously, and the park district soon began using the school's gymnasium as a fieldhouse in the evenings and on weekends. Over the years, the park district added an athletic field, playground equipment, a small recreation building, a spray pool, and horse shoe, tennis, and basketball courts. A recently-installed interactive waterplay area offers community children relief from Chicago's hot summers. Both the park and the adjacent school bear the name of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931), the pre-eminent African-American surgeon of his time. Having arrived in Chicago in 1880, Williams entered the Chicago Medical College, graduating three years later. Unable to join the staff of any city hospital due to his race, in 1891 Williams founded the predominantly-black Provident Hospital in a three-story building at 29th and Dearborn Streets, just a few blocks from the site of Williams Park and School. Provident offered the country's first nursing school for African-Americans. Not long after founding Provident Hospital, Williams gained international fame for performing the world's first successful open heart surgery in 1893.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.