Back of the Yards: A Very Healthy Place Today
1. Back of the Yards Park Back of the Yards Park, Parks & Gardens, 4922 S. Throop St., (312) 746-5083. This is a small recreational park was developed in the late 1940s. It has a basketball court and a spray pool.
2. Cornell Square ParkCornell Square Park, Parks & Gardens, 1809 W. 50th St., (312) 747-6097. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers and D.H. Burnham & Co. in 1905, this small park has open field space as well as several athletic amenities including indoor gyms/courts and a range of youth programs.
3. Davis Square ParkDavis Square Park, Parks & Gardens, 4430 S. Marshfield Ave., (312) 747-6107. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers and D.H. Burnham & Co. in 1905, this small park close to the 47th Street retail strip has several fields, including one turf field, plus a gym, boxing gym, fitness center and auditorium.
4. Eden Place Nature, Museums & Zoos, Parks & Gardens, 4417 S. Stewart Ave., (773) 624-8686. Eden Place is a doorway to the world of nature on Chicago's South Side, an urban nature preserve where children and their families explore the mechanics of a wetland, prairie, urban farm and much more. Admission free.
5. Sherman Park, 1301 W. 52nd St. The Olmstead Brothers collaborated with D.H. Burnham & Co to design this striking landscape and buildings for the South Park Commission in 1905. With practically everything from open fields near the water to relax in to facilities for every type of sport, Sherman Park is the largest park in the neighborhood. Its pond is stocked four times a year for fishing. Inside the fieldhouse there are also 12 murals depicting scenes from American history.