Field (Eugene) Park

  • 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60625 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Tracy Brumley
  • Park Phone: (773) 478-9744

Check out our new playground! Eugene Field serves its diverse Albany Park community with numerous athletic programs such as basketball, soccer, and floor hockey, as well as step aerobics, and badminton. For the little ones we have a variety of early childhood programs such as Moms, Pops, and Tots, Art & ABC’s, Preschool and Tot Spot to name a few.

We invite you to visit the program page to view a complete listing of park programs.

The Chicago River runs through the more than 12-acre Eugene Field, providing a beautiful natural landscape for visitors. The park also features two baseball fields and outdoor basketball court, four tennis courts, and a playground and spray pool. Eugene Field exposes community members to the arts with a number of cultural offerings through programs, performances and partnerships. Both youth and adults get into the act with various drama programs at the park, and oil painting.

Albany Park Theatre Project (APTP) is an Arts Partner in Residence at Eugene Field. Formed in 1997, APTP is an ensemble of local teenagers who create original theatre from real-life stories and experiences of this working-class Albany Park community. The group typically presents one full-scale productions per year in Laura Wiley Theater at Eugene Field Park. For more information, visit http://www.aptpchicago.org/.

A 45-foot by 10-foot exterior clay and ceramic tile mosaic installed on the exterior of the fieldhouse was designed and created by 15 local teens in the Gallery 37 in the Parks program, the artwork depicts scenes from poems by the late children’s poet Eugene Field, such as “Wynken, Blyken and Nod” and “The Bellflower Tree.” The park also features an interior WPA mural dedicated to the arts.

History

Eugene Field Park was created by the Albany Park District, an independent park board formed in 1917 to provide recreational facilities and enhance the Chicago River's banks in the rapidly-developing North Park and Albany Park communities. In 1923, the Albany Park District began purchasing nearly ten acres of riverside land in the center of its territory. Although land acquisition took a full decade, landscape architect Henry J. Stockman soon prepared a plan that took full advantage of the picturesque river bank site, and improvements began in 1925. In 1928, Clarence Hatzfeld, a member of the park board and architect of many northwest side recreational, commercial, and residential buildings, designed a Tudor Revival-style fieldhouse for the park. A stone grotto and fountain originally graced the front of the fieldhouse. Inside, a Federal Works Progress Administration artist created a mural entitled "The Participation of Youth in the Realm of the Arts." In 1934, the financial stresses of the Great Depression prompted consolidation of the city's 22 independent park boards, including the Albany Park District, into the unified Chicago Park District. By 1938, Eugene Field Park had a playground, a wading pool, tennis courts, and a lovely wooded picnic area. A decade later, the park district expanded the site by more than two acres, improving the new property with baseball and football fields. In 1980, the park district began leasing another half-acre of city land along the riverbank. Recent park improvements include a soft surface playground and ornamental fencing along Foster Avenue. The park honors writer and poet Eugene Field (1850-1895), a nationally-renowned children's author. Among Field's best known works are "Little Boy Blue," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," and the "Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat." Born in St. Louis, Field worked for a number of western and midwestern newspapers before being recruited by the Chicago Daily News to write a humor column in 1883. Field made his home on Chicago's north side.

Parking/Directions

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

Eugene Field Portrait

Eugene Field Portrait (1)

Location Notes: Field house assembly hall

Descriptors: Indoor, Painting

Trumpet and Drum

Trumpet and Drum (1)

Location Notes: Field house entryway

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Eugene Field Baseball

Eugene Field Baseball

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Basketball

Eugene Field Basketball

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Fieldhouse

Eugene Field Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Hours: , ,

Eugene Field Gymnasium

Eugene Field Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Auditorium & Clubrooms

Eugene Field Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Notes: Clubrooms

Eugene Field Playground

Eugene Field PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Eugene Field Tennis Court

Eugene Field Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

Eugene Field Water Spray Feature

Eugene Field Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 5100 N. Ridgeway Ave.

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 Monday, April 24, 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
Art Camp at Eugene Field 193844CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2017/06/30 15:00From June 30, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$69.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Eugene Field 193878InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/13 23:30From June 13, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - 4 on 4 League at Eugene Field 193888Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/12 23:30From June 12, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Eugene Field 199200InstructionSports - Basketball25 and upMale2017/06/06 23:30From June 6, 2017 to August 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Basketball at Eugene Field 193920InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball Camp at Eugene Field 199203CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/08/14 23:00From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Day Camp at Eugene Field 194067CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$375.00
Early Bird Camp at Eugene Field 194157CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$60.00
Extended Camp at Eugene Field 194198CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 20:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$182.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Eugene Field 194537InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2017/06/27 15:00From June 27, 2017 to August 15, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
$0
Mural at Eugene Field 199199InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting13 and upCoed2017/06/30 19:00From June 30, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Play Camp at Eugene Field Cancelled199202CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/07 14:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$25.00
Sculpture at Eugene Field 199201InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/06/27 18:30From June 27, 2017 to August 15, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Soccer Camp at Eugene Field 200100CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/07/01 14:30From July 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$30.00
Soccer Camp at Eugene Field 200101CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/07/01 16:30From July 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$30.00
Sports Camp at Eugene Field Cancelled200099CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/08 14:00From August 8, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$15.00

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Check out our new playground! Eugene Field serves its diverse Albany Park community with numerous athletic programs such as basketball, soccer, and floor hockey, as well as step aerobics, and badminton. For the little ones we have a variety of early childhood programs such as Moms, Pops, and Tots, Art & ABC’s, Preschool and Tot Spot to name a few.

We invite you to visit the program page to view a complete listing of park programs.

The Chicago River runs through the more than 12-acre Eugene Field, providing a beautiful natural landscape for visitors. The park also features two baseball fields and outdoor basketball court, four tennis courts, and a playground and spray pool. Eugene Field exposes community members to the arts with a number of cultural offerings through programs, performances and partnerships. Both youth and adults get into the act with various drama programs at the park, and oil painting.

Albany Park Theatre Project (APTP) is an Arts Partner in Residence at Eugene Field. Formed in 1997, APTP is an ensemble of local teenagers who create original theatre from real-life stories and experiences of this working-class Albany Park community. The group typically presents one full-scale productions per year in Laura Wiley Theater at Eugene Field Park. For more information, visit http://www.aptpchicago.org/.

A 45-foot by 10-foot exterior clay and ceramic tile mosaic installed on the exterior of the fieldhouse was designed and created by 15 local teens in the Gallery 37 in the Parks program, the artwork depicts scenes from poems by the late children’s poet Eugene Field, such as “Wynken, Blyken and Nod” and “The Bellflower Tree.” The park also features an interior WPA mural dedicated to the arts.

Eugene Field Park was created by the Albany Park District, an independent park board formed in 1917 to provide recreational facilities and enhance the Chicago River's banks in the rapidly-developing North Park and Albany Park communities. In 1923, the Albany Park District began purchasing nearly ten acres of riverside land in the center of its territory. Although land acquisition took a full decade, landscape architect Henry J. Stockman soon prepared a plan that took full advantage of the picturesque river bank site, and improvements began in 1925. In 1928, Clarence Hatzfeld, a member of the park board and architect of many northwest side recreational, commercial, and residential buildings, designed a Tudor Revival-style fieldhouse for the park. A stone grotto and fountain originally graced the front of the fieldhouse. Inside, a Federal Works Progress Administration artist created a mural entitled "The Participation of Youth in the Realm of the Arts." In 1934, the financial stresses of the Great Depression prompted consolidation of the city's 22 independent park boards, including the Albany Park District, into the unified Chicago Park District. By 1938, Eugene Field Park had a playground, a wading pool, tennis courts, and a lovely wooded picnic area. A decade later, the park district expanded the site by more than two acres, improving the new property with baseball and football fields. In 1980, the park district began leasing another half-acre of city land along the riverbank. Recent park improvements include a soft surface playground and ornamental fencing along Foster Avenue. The park honors writer and poet Eugene Field (1850-1895), a nationally-renowned children's author. Among Field's best known works are "Little Boy Blue," "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod," and the "Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat." Born in St. Louis, Field worked for a number of western and midwestern newspapers before being recruited by the Chicago Daily News to write a humor column in 1883. Field made his home on Chicago's north side.

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