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 offers an athletic field, playground equipment, a small recreation building, a spray pool, an interactive water spray feature and horse shoe, tennis, and basketball courts.

Williams Park also uses the gymnasium facility and rooms in the adjacent John B. Drake Elementary 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, concerts in the park and other Night Out in the Parks special events. 

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 Baseball Diamond

Williams Baseball 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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Williams Fitness Room in Drake Elementary School

Williams Fitness Room in Drake Elementary School

Williams Soccer/ Football

Williams Soccer/ Football

Location Notes: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Descriptors: Grass

Drake Elementary School Gymnasium

Drake Elementary School Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Williams Spray Pool

Williams Spray Pool

Location Notes: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

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.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball at Williams 178505InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2017/05/02 21:15From May 2, 2017 to June 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Williams 178647OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$20.00
Boot Camp at Williams 179265InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$6.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Williams 178951InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2017/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Golf at Williams 179384InstructionSports - GolfAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/05/10 21:15From May 10, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
Lacrosse at Williams 179823InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Williams 180416InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
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
Seasonal Sports at Williams 180822InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:15From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
$0
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Williams 180991InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Williams 181411OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 23:45From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Williams 195708CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$132.00
Early Bird Camp at Williams 195804CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$44.00
Extended Camp at Williams 195888CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00
Late Summer Camp at Williams 196375CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
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
$33.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Williams 197271Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2017 to August 9, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
$0

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Located in the Douglas Community Area, Williams Park totals 8.51 acres and offers an athletic field, playground equipment, a small recreation building, a spray pool, an interactive water spray feature and horse shoe, tennis, and basketball courts.

Williams Park also uses the gymnasium facility and rooms in the adjacent John B. Drake Elementary 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, concerts in the park and other Night Out in the Parks special events. 

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.