Ellis (Samuel) Park

  • 707 E. 37th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours:
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: vacant
  • Phone: (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.

History

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.

Parking/Directions

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Ellis Diamond Baseball

Ellis Diamond Baseball

Location: 707 E. 37th St.

Ellis Basketball

Ellis Basketball

Location: 707 E. 37th St.

Ellis at Doolittle School

Ellis at Doolittle School

Location: 535 E. 35th St.

Ellis Football/Soccer Field

Ellis Football/Soccer Field

Location: 707 E. 37th St.

Ellis at Doolittle School

Ellis at Doolittle School

Location: 535 E. 35th St.

Ellis at Doolittle School

Ellis at Doolittle School

Location: 535 E. 35th St.

Ellis Playground

Ellis PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 707 E. 37th St.

Ellis Tennis Court

Ellis Tennis Court

Location: 707 E. 37th St.

Fall Programs

Fall programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  
Programs will be available for viewing below beginning Monday, July 21.  
Registration dates for our park are listed below.  

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 2014.

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 707 E. 37th St. 3
Basketball Court - Outdoor 707 E. 37th St. 2
Fieldhouse 535 E. 35th St. 0
Football / Soccer 707 E. 37th St. 1
Gymnasiums 535 E. 35th St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 535 E. 35th St. 1
Playgrounds 707 E. 37th St. 0
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.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.