Williams (Daniel Hale) Park

  • 2820 S. State 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

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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 at Williams 207130InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 21:00From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 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
$44.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Williams 207183Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 21:00From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$132.00
Seasonal Sports at Williams 207492InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at Williams 208012OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Williams 213388InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Williams 219315InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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

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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.