Chicago Park District

Ellis (Samuel) Park

535 E. 35th St. Chicago IL 60653

Hours: +Park: 6AM - 9PM, Fieldhouse: 9AM - 6:30PM

The park is currently closed. Day Camp program for Ellis is being offered at Anderson Park, 3718 S. Prairie. The number there is 312.747.6007.

Park Supervisor:

(312) 656 - 0423



Located in the Douglas Community, Ellis Park totals 9.86 acres.  Outdoor features include,tennis courts, athletic fields for football or soccer and playground.  Park-goers can visit nearby Kennicott Park for the fitness center or the gymnasium.


Online registration for our park begins Tuesday, February 25 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Monday, March 3.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Monday, April 14.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

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Baseball Field 707 E. 37th St. 3
Basketball Court - Outdoor 707 E. 37th St. 2
Fieldhouse 535 E. 35th St. 0
Football / Soccer - Grass 707 E. 37th St. 1
Gymnasiums 535 E. 35th St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 535 E. 35th St. 1
Playgrounds 707 E. 37th St. Rubberized Surface 1
Tennis Courts 707 E. 37th St. 2
Ellis Park, takes its name from Samuel Ellis, who ran a tavern on 35th Street near the Vincennes Trail (now Avenue) in the 1830s. In 1855, Ellis subdivided his land holdings between 31st and 39th Streets, from Lake Michigan to South Park Boulevard (now Martin Luther King Drive), donating a wedge-shaped parcel to the city for use as a public park. The area surrounding Ellis Park developed as the fashionable Oakland neighborhood, but by 1900 the wealthy had begun to move out, and their homes were being recycled as apartments and rooming houses. Ellis Park, too, had been carved up by adjacent residents who extended sidewalks from their homes and planted trees and shrubs on either side. A decaying bandstand added to the sense of disorder. In the early 1900s, the Special Park Commission reclaimed Ellis Park from encroaching property owners. Noted landscape architect and commission member Jens Jensen completely redesigned the 3-acre park. His 1906 plan included two ornamental fountains and a circular, tree-edged lawn. By 1940, the surrounding neighborhood had experienced further decline. The federal government responded by erecting the Ida B. Wells housing project. Across the street at Ellis Park, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation (successor to the Special Park Commission) installed two new wading pools which drew more than 14,000 children the first summer. The city transferred Ellis Park to the Chicago Park District in 1959. In 1964, the park district and the Chicago Board of Education began joint operation of the new Donoghue Elementary School at 37th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Several years later, the park district purchased additional property east, west, and north of the original park, tripling its size. The park district and the board of education continued to offer joint programming at Donoghue School. Following the demolition of the Ida B. Wells and Madden Park Homes, the programs for Ellis Park were relocated to Doolittle School in the Fall of 2010.

Contact: Diane Bass

Contact Title: President

Phone: (773) 225-1337

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