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. 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 a.k.a. White Stocking Park
Occupant: Chicago White Stockings – NL (1878–1884)
Location: Same as 1871 site – diamond roughly in south part of field
South Side Park (I) a.k.a. 39th Street Grounds (I)
Occupant: ChicagoUnion Association (1884)
Location: "on the corner of 39th Street [now Pershing Road] and South Wabash Avenue" – a few blocks east and 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 PiratesPL (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 (south, center field); South Wentworth Avenue (east, left field); 33rd Street (north, home plate); railroad tracks (west, right field) - same footprint later occupied by Comiskey Park and Armour Square Park
Currently: Parking lot and/or Dan Ryan Expressway
West Side Park (II) a.k.a. West Side Grounds
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) a.k.a. 39th Street Grounds (II) renamed Schorling's Park
Occupants: Chicago White SoxAmerican League (1900 – mid-1910); Chicago American GiantsNegro Leagues (1911–1940)
Location: 39th Street (now 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 few 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 originally Weeghman Park, then Cubs Park
Occupants: Chicago Chi-Feds/WhalesFederal League (1914–1915); Chicago Cubs – NL (1916–present)
Location: 1060 West Addison Street (south, first base); Clark Street (southwest and west, home plate); Waveland Avenue (north, left field); Sheffield Avenue (east, right field)
Guaranteed Rate Field originally "New Comiskey Park", then U.S. Cellular Field
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.