Ellis (Samuel) Park

  • 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Monique Scott
  • Park Phone: (773) 285-7099

Located in the Douglas Community, Ellis Park totals 9.86 acres.  Outdoor features include tennis courts, athletic fields for football or soccer and a soft-surface playground.   In 2015 the District broke ground to build a new Fieldhouse at Ellis.   Opened in the summer of 2016 The Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park, located at 3520 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, is a $18 million state-of-the-art facility providing 32,000 square feet that makes available a 5-lane competitive pool, gymnasium, fitness center, multi-purpose arts and community spaces, rooftop terrace, locker rooms and administrative space.  The Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park will be operated by the Chicago Parks District and provide afterschool and summer youth programming, family activities, arts and cultural offerings, health and wellness programming and community events for residents of all ages. 

Parking/Directions

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

History

One of Chicago’s oldest green spaces, Ellis Park honors Samuel Ellis for whom Ellis Avenue is also named. Having arrived in Chicago from Massachusetts in 1831, Samuel Ellis (1790 - 1856) helped defend Chicago during the 1832 Black Hawk War. Ellis purchased more than 135 acres of South Side lakefront property. He owned and ran the Ellis Inn, farmed the land, and served as the area’s milkman. In 1855, Ellis subdivided his land holdings between 31st and 39th Streets, from Lake Michigan to South Park Boulevard (now Martin Luther King Drive), and donated a wedge-shaped parcel to the city for use as a public park. The area surrounding Ellis Park, known as the Oakland community, had first developed as a fashionable neighborhood, fell into decline at the turn of the twentieth century. At that time, as wealthy residents move out, their homes were divided into apartments and rooming houses. Ellis Park had also been impacted. Its landscape was 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 the encroaching property owners. Acclaimed landscape architect Jens Jensen (1860- 1951), then serving as a Special Park Commission member, redesigned the 3-acre park. His 1906 plan included two ornamental fountains and a circular, tree-edged lawn. Decades later, the surrounding neighborhood changed again, and the federal government erected the Ida B. Wells housing project. To accommodate the area’s larger population, the city’s 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 of Chicago transferred Ellis Park to the Chicago Park District in 1959. Several years later, the park district purchased additional land east, west, and north of the original park, more than tripling its size. Improvements to the enlarged park included ball fields, tennis courts, as well as trees, lawns, and walkways. Over the years, the neighborhood surrounding Ellis Park continued to change. The Chicago Housing Authority demolished the Ida B. Wells and Madden Park Homes. Today, CHA provides a number of scattered site rental apartments in the neighborhood. For years, the community lacked swimming facilities and other amenities. In 2015, ground was broken in Ellis Park for a state-of-the-art field house providing the community with a greatly needed recreational and cultural facility. The Chicago Park District worked with the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority and its partner The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) to develop the new center. Designed by Booth Hansen and Nia Architects, the 32,000-square foot two story building reflects a contemporary aesthetic. Composed of precast concrete, metal framing, and glass fiber reinforced concrete wall panels, the building provides an indoor swimming pool; full-sized gymnasium; multi-purpose club rooms for art, education, performance, meetings and exercise; a fitness center with weight and strength training equipment; 2nd level outdoor patio space with catering kitchen for Park and special events and fully equipped and accessible men’s, women’s and family locker rooms. The facility was completed and opened to the public in the summer of 2016.
Ellis Diamond Baseball

Ellis Diamond Baseball

Location Notes: 707 E. 37th St.

Ellis Basketball

Ellis Basketball

Location Notes: 707 E. 37th St.

Ellis Football/Soccer Field

Ellis Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 707 E. 37th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Ellis Playground

Ellis PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Ellis Tennis Court

Ellis Tennis Court

Location Notes: 707 E. 37th St.


 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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
Adult Swim at Ellis 185420OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 185466InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 185449InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 185433InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 185434InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 185569InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Bid Whist at Ellis 185347OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0
Bitty Basketball at Ellis 186769InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Ellis 186768InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$10.00
Chair Exercise at Ellis 185350InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Checkers Club at Ellis 185348OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Cheerleading - Competitive at Ellis 185351InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Circuit Training at Ellis 185352InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$11.00
Conditioning at Ellis 185353InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$11.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Ellis 185532InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Ellis 185354InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$21.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Ellis 185355InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Ellis 185356InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Family Swim at Ellis 185600OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
$0
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Ellis 185475InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Kickball at Ellis 185357InstructionSports - KickballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Lap Swim at Ellis 185460OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$80.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 185464InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 185440InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 185436InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/21 17:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Ellis 185441InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 185465InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 185463InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 185581InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Ellis 185582InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 185439InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Ellis 185358InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Ellis 185368InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$62.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Ellis 185371Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to June 16, 2017$186.00
Pickleball at Ellis 185359InstructionSports - Pickleball60 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Ellis 185360InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Seasonal Sports at Ellis 185362InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Ellis 185349OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 2pm
Each Friday from 9am to 2pm
$0
Senior Swim at Ellis 185618OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Sports Conditioning at Ellis 185363InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Ellis 185364InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$11.00
TEAM Sports at Ellis 185421InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Teen Club at Ellis 185533OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ellis 185617InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ellis 185438InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ellis 185597InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ellis 185598InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Volleyball - Open at Ellis 186770OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$16.00
Yoga at Ellis 185365InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Youth Swim at Ellis 185588OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Zumba at Ellis 185366InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0

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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 a soft-surface playground.   In 2015 the District broke ground to build a new Fieldhouse at Ellis.   Opened in the summer of 2016 The Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park, located at 3520 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, is a $18 million state-of-the-art facility providing 32,000 square feet that makes available a 5-lane competitive pool, gymnasium, fitness center, multi-purpose arts and community spaces, rooftop terrace, locker rooms and administrative space.  The Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park will be operated by the Chicago Parks District and provide afterschool and summer youth programming, family activities, arts and cultural offerings, health and wellness programming and community events for residents of all ages. 

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

One of Chicago’s oldest green spaces, Ellis Park honors Samuel Ellis for whom Ellis Avenue is also named. Having arrived in Chicago from Massachusetts in 1831, Samuel Ellis (1790 - 1856) helped defend Chicago during the 1832 Black Hawk War. Ellis purchased more than 135 acres of South Side lakefront property. He owned and ran the Ellis Inn, farmed the land, and served as the area’s milkman. In 1855, Ellis subdivided his land holdings between 31st and 39th Streets, from Lake Michigan to South Park Boulevard (now Martin Luther King Drive), and donated a wedge-shaped parcel to the city for use as a public park. The area surrounding Ellis Park, known as the Oakland community, had first developed as a fashionable neighborhood, fell into decline at the turn of the twentieth century. At that time, as wealthy residents move out, their homes were divided into apartments and rooming houses. Ellis Park had also been impacted. Its landscape was 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 the encroaching property owners. Acclaimed landscape architect Jens Jensen (1860- 1951), then serving as a Special Park Commission member, redesigned the 3-acre park. His 1906 plan included two ornamental fountains and a circular, tree-edged lawn. Decades later, the surrounding neighborhood changed again, and the federal government erected the Ida B. Wells housing project. To accommodate the area’s larger population, the city’s 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 of Chicago transferred Ellis Park to the Chicago Park District in 1959. Several years later, the park district purchased additional land east, west, and north of the original park, more than tripling its size. Improvements to the enlarged park included ball fields, tennis courts, as well as trees, lawns, and walkways. Over the years, the neighborhood surrounding Ellis Park continued to change. The Chicago Housing Authority demolished the Ida B. Wells and Madden Park Homes. Today, CHA provides a number of scattered site rental apartments in the neighborhood. For years, the community lacked swimming facilities and other amenities. In 2015, ground was broken in Ellis Park for a state-of-the-art field house providing the community with a greatly needed recreational and cultural facility. The Chicago Park District worked with the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority and its partner The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) to develop the new center. Designed by Booth Hansen and Nia Architects, the 32,000-square foot two story building reflects a contemporary aesthetic. Composed of precast concrete, metal framing, and glass fiber reinforced concrete wall panels, the building provides an indoor swimming pool; full-sized gymnasium; multi-purpose club rooms for art, education, performance, meetings and exercise; a fitness center with weight and strength training equipment; 2nd level outdoor patio space with catering kitchen for Park and special events and fully equipped and accessible men’s, women’s and family locker rooms. The facility was completed and opened to the public in the summer of 2016.