Williams (Daniel Hale) Park

  • 2710 S. Dearborn St.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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 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.

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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Williams Soccer/ Football

Williams Soccer/ Football

Location Notes: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Williams Gymnasium

Williams Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Williams Spray Pool

Williams Spray Pool

Location Notes: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Events

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Egg Hunt at Williams

Location: Williams (Daniel Hale) Park, Chicago, IL  IL

Winter Programs

Click on the Winter tab below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 2, 2015.

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 94149Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:45From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
$120.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball at Williams 129318InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/04/01 21:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Williams 105311OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Williams 105312OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Boot Camp at Williams 106076InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 23:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$6.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Williams 129317InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Williams 105603InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/04/02 21:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
Kiddie College at Williams 106335InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 16:15From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 11:15am to 2:15pm
$56.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Williams 107015InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:45From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
$41.00
Seasonal Sports at Williams 107291InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Spring Break Camp at Williams 107627CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2015 to April 10, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4:30pm
$21.00
Teen Club at Williams 107847OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 22:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$3.00

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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 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.

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.