List of baseball parks in Chicago

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West Side Park (II)
South Side Park (III)
Comiskey Park
Wrigley Field
U.S. Cellular Field

This is a list of venues used for professional baseball in Chicago, Illinois. The information is a synthesis of the information contained in the references listed.

Dexter Park
Occupant: Chicago White Stockings, independent professional club (1870)
Location: Halsted Street (east), between 47th Street (south) and the imaginary line of 42nd Street (north). Adjacent to Union Stock Yards.
Later: site of International Amphitheatre
Currently: Uniform services plant
Ogden Park
Occupant: Chicago White Stockings (1870) - some games
Location: East of where Ontario Street (at that time) T-ed into Michigan Avenue.
Currently: hotels and other businesses
Union Base-Ball Grounds a.k.a. White Stocking Park
Occupant: Chicago White Stockings - National Association (1871)
Location: Randolph (north), Michigan Avenue (west)
Currently: Northwest corner of Lake Park (now known as Grant Park) - diamond roughly in southwest corner of field
23rd Street Grounds
Occupants: Neutral site for some out-of-town clubs' games (1872-1873); Chicago White Stockings - NA (1874-1875), National League (1876-1877)
Location: 23rd Street (north, home plate), State Street (east, left field), 22nd Street (now Cermak Road) (south, center field) and what is now Federal Street (west, right field)

Currently: National Teachers Academy

Lake Park a.k.a. Lake-Shore Park
Occupant: Chicago White Stockings - NL (1878-1884)
Location: Same as 1871 site - diamond roughly in south part of field
South Side Park (I)
Occupant: Chicago - Union Association (1884)
Location: near 39th Street (now Pershing Road) and South Wabash Avenue - a few blocks southeast of the later south side ballparks
West Side Park (I)
Occupant: Chicago White Stockings - NL (1885 - 1891)
Location: Congress Street (north, left field); Loomis Street (west, home plate); Harrison Street (south, right field); Throop Street (east, center field)
Currently: Andrew Jackson Language Academy (1340 West Harrison Street)
South Side Park (II)
Occupants:
Chicago Pirates - PL (1890)
Chicago White Stockings - NL (1891 - mid-1893)
Notes: Split schedule with West Side Park (I) in 1891 and West Side Park (II) in 1893
Location: 35th Street and South Wentworth Avenue, just east of eventual Comiskey Park site
Currently: Parking lot and/or Dan Ryan Expressway
West Side Park (II)
Occupant: Chicago White Stockings - NL (mid-1893 - 1915)
Location: Polk Street (north, third base); Lincoln (now Wolcott) Street (west, first base); Wood Street (east, left field); flats and Taylor Street (south, right field)
Currently: University of Illinois College of Medicine
South Side Park (III) renamed Schorling's Park
Occupants: Chicago White Sox - American League (1900 - mid-1910); Chicago American Giants - Negro Leagues (1911-1940)
Location: 39th Street (now called Pershing Road) (south, first base); South Wentworth Avenue (east, right field); South Princeton Avenue (west, third base); line of 38th Street (north, left field) - a couple of blocks south of the Comiskey Park sites
Currently: Wentworth Gardens housing project
Comiskey Park a.k.a. White Sox Park (1960s-1970s)
Occupants: Chicago White Sox - AL (mid-1910 - 1990); Chicago American Giants - Negro Leagues (1941-ca.1950)
Location: 324 West 35th Street - 35th Street (south, first base); Shields Street (west); 34th Street (north, left field); Wentworth Avenue (east, right field) and Dan Ryan Expressway (farther east)
Currently: Parking lot
Wrigley Field previously Weeghman Park, then Cubs Park
Occupants: Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales - Federal League (1914-1915); Chicago Cubs - NL (1916-present)
Location: 1060 West Addison Street - Addison Street (south, first base), Clark Street (southwest and west, home plate), Waveland Avenue (north, left field), Sheffield Avenue (east, right field)
U.S. Cellular Field initially "New Comiskey Park"
Occupant: Chicago White Sox - AL (1991-present)
Location: 333 West 35th Street, across the street to the south from "Old" Comiskey Park - 35th Street (north, third base); site of Shields Street (west, first base); Wentworth Avenue (east, left field) and Dan Ryan Expressway (farther east); parking and Wells Street (south, right field)

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References[edit]

  • Benson, Michael (1989). Ballparks of North America: A Comprehensive Historical Reference to Baseball Grounds, Yards, and Stadiums, 1845 to Present. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-89950-367-7. OCLC 19630055. 
  • Lowry, Philip J. (2006). Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of Major League and Negro League Ballparks. New York: Walker Co. ISBN 978-0-8027-1608-8. OCLC 74491309. 
  • Baseball Memories, by Marc Okkonen, Sterling Publishing, 1992.