Ellis (Samuel) Park

  • 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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 Chicago Park District broke ground to build a new fieldhouse at Ellis Park. Opened in the summer of 2016, the Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park, located at 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is a $18 million state-of-the-art facility providing 32,000 square feet of facility space that includes a five-lane competitive pool, a gymnasium, a fitness center, multi-purpose arts and community spaces, a rooftop terrace, locker rooms and administrative space. 

The Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park will be operated by the Chicago Park 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; second-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 Park Fitness Center

Ellis Park Fitness Center

Location: 3520 S. Cottage Grove.

Hours: , ,

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.

Events

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Chicago Onscreen at Ellis

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Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

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 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adaptive Swimming at Ellis 191790InstructionAquatics - LessonsAnyCoed2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Adult Swim at Ellis 198384OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm 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 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise (Special Rec) at Ellis 191791InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$10.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 191792InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 191796InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 191793InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 198388InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 191794InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 191797InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 191795InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Arts & Crafts at Ellis 191798InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball at Ellis 191799InstructionSports - Basketball30 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$22.00
Basketball Skills at Ellis 191800InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 23:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Ellis 201656InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/15 18:00From April 15, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$10.00
Basketball Tournament at Ellis 201655TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/16 14:00From April 16, 2017 to June 11, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Bid Whist at Ellis 191801OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0
Bingo at Ellis 191802OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2017/04/07 16:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Bitty Basketball at Ellis 191803InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Ellis 191804InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 14:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$10.00
Chair Exercise at Ellis 191805InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Cheerleading - Competitive at Ellis 191806InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Circuit Training at Ellis 191807InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$11.00
Conditioning at Ellis 191808InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$11.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Ellis 191809InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$21.00
Family Swim at Ellis 198386OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$0
Fun and Games at Ellis 201658OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/17 21:00From April 17, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Fun with Food at Ellis 191830InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Hip Hop Aerobics at Ellis 191831InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$11.00
Lap Swim at Ellis 198382OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 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
$80.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Ellis 191832InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 4 but less than 13Coed2017/04/01 14:00From April 1, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Learn to Swim at Ellis 191839InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Ellis 191834InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 191836InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 191838InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/06 16:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 191837InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 191840InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/07 16:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Ellis 191835InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 191833InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 198387InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Ellis 191841InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Martial Arts Partnership at Ellis 191842PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Musical Theater Partnership at Ellis 191843PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Nutrition at Ellis 191844InstructionWellness - Nutrition60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Park Kids - Spring at Ellis 185370InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$62.00
Pickleball at Ellis 191846InstructionSports - Pickleball60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
Seasonal Sports at Ellis 191847InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$22.00
Seasonal Sports at Ellis 191848InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Ellis 191849OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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 198385OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Sports Conditioning at Ellis 191850InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Super Saturdays (Special Rec) at Ellis 191851InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 13Coed2017/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
Table Tennis at Ellis 191852InstructionSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
T-Ball (Special Recreation) at Ellis 198585InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 14Coed2017/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
TEAM Sports at Ellis 191853InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Ellis 191854OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ellis 191856InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ellis 191855InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/06 17:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ellis 198389InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ellis 191858InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Volleyball - Open at Ellis 191859OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$16.00
Walking Club at Ellis 191860OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Yoga at Ellis 191861InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Yoga at Ellis 198569InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Youth Swim at Ellis 198383OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
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 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Ellis 195114OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 196969InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/19 14:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 195174InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 199319InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/21 14:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 195175InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ellis 199320InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/23 14:00From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 30, 2017
$0
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Ellis 201909InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Ellis 201910InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/06/22 21:00From June 20, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Ellis 201911InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/24 14:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10:30am
$0
Day Camp at Ellis 195621CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$331.00
Day Camp at Ellis 195622CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$331.00
Early Bird Camp at Ellis 195743CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$79.00
Extended Camp at Ellis 195831CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$79.00
Family Swim at Ellis 195909OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/28 22:00From June 28, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Lap Swim at Ellis 196323OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 15:00From June 19, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 10:30am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 30, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 196471InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 18 but less than 59Coed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 196472InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 199321InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 20:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ellis 196473InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 18:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
$30.00
Open Swim at Ellis 196689OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Open Swim at Ellis 196689OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Ellis 197157InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 21:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Friday, June 30, 2017
$35.00
Teen Swim at Ellis 197279OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2017/06/19 19:00From June 19, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Teen Swim at Ellis 199328OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ellis 197455InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ellis 199322InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
$34.00
Youth Swim at Ellis 197692OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 30, 2017
$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 Chicago Park District broke ground to build a new fieldhouse at Ellis Park. Opened in the summer of 2016, the Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park, located at 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave., is a $18 million state-of-the-art facility providing 32,000 square feet of facility space that includes a five-lane competitive pool, a gymnasium, a fitness center, multi-purpose arts and community spaces, a rooftop terrace, locker rooms and administrative space. 

The Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park will be operated by the Chicago Park 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; second-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.