Williams (Daniel Hale) Park

  • 2710 S. Dearborn St.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Ivan Lee
  • Phone: (312) 747-0229

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: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Williams Daniel Hale Fieldhouse

Williams Daniel Hale Fieldhouse

Location: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Williams Soccer/ Football

Williams Soccer/ Football

Location: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Williams Gymnasium

Williams Gymnasium

Location: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Williams Spray Pool

Williams Spray Pool

Location: 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 2014.

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 - 5 on 5 at Williams 92186OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$2.00
Basketball - 5 on 5 at Williams 92187OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$2.00
Boot Camp at Williams 92452InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$2.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Williams 110853InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 11 but less than 16CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$5.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Williams 110854InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 11, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$5.00
Homework Time at Williams 93152InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 15CoedFrom September 10, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
Free
Kiddie College at Williams 93513InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 8, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 11am
Each Thursday from 8am to 11am
Each Friday from 8am to 11am
$55.00
Kiddie College at Williams 93514InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 8, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$55.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Williams 94097InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$40.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Williams 94149Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom 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
Seasonal Sports at Williams 94442InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Free
Teen Leadership Club at Williams 94897InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$2.00
Winter Break Camp at Williams 95501CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$20.00

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616 3
Fieldhouse 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616 0
Football / Soccer 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616 1
Gymnasiums 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616 1
Water Spray Features 2710 S Dearborn Chicago IL 60616 1
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.