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A park bordered on 3 sides by parking lots

by Joe Zekas on 12/5/12

Armour Square is one of Chicago’s 77 community areas. The Chinatown neighborhood occupies the northern part of Armour Square. US Cellular Field and the CHA’s Wentworth Gardens fill out the southern stretch of Armour Square.

The neighborhood is also home to Armour Square Park, which was known variously as Park No. 3 and Armour Square, and was named for Philip Danforth Armour.

The park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, spans a 10-acre site surrounded on three sides by parking lots for US Cellular Field. The park’s facilities help overcome its relative isolation. It boasts an outdoor pool, a playground, tennis courts, baseball fields and a field house with a fitness center, two gymnasiums, an auditorium and meeting rooms.

The National Register nomination document (pdf) contains a wealth of information about the park and its history – including the city dump that once formed its southern border.

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