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.

Events

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Cornucopia at Eugene Field

Location: Field (Eugene) Park, Chicago, IL  60625

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Eugene Field 202211InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$32.00
Arts & Crafts at Eugene Field 202252InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/12 15:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Basketball - Open at Eugene Field 202344OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Eugene Field 222124InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Eugene Field 222123InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Color Theory & Oil Painting at Eugene Field 202645InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2017/09/12 19:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Color Theory & Oil Painting at Eugene Field 202646InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2017/09/15 22:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$34.00
Dodgeball at Eugene Field 202746InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$14.00
Dodgeball at Eugene Field 222125InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Girls in the Game Partnership at Eugene Field 203031PartnershipGroupOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Female2017/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Little Artists at Eugene Field 203401InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$26.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Eugene Field 203458InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$29.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Eugene Field 203457InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$24.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Eugene Field 203480InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/12 15:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$23.00
Painting Open Studio at Eugene Field 203559OpenCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
$28.00
Park Kids - Fall at Eugene Field 203616InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 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
$192.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Eugene Field 208755Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 16, 2018$500.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 222122InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 203878InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 203879InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Seasonal Sports at Eugene Field 222121InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$14.00
Soccer at Eugene Field 204049InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$14.00
Soccer at Eugene Field 204050InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 16:45From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$14.00
Super Saturdays (Special Rec) at Eugene Field 204234InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2017/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$14.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 204479OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/13 14:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am
$24.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 222120OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1pm
$24.00
Tot Spot at Eugene Field 204478OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$24.00
Winter Break Camp at Eugene Field 224289CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 16:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$50.00
World Art at Eugene Field 222119InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
World Art at Eugene Field 204715InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Eugene Field 210280InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$154.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Eugene Field 216094InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$154.00

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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.