Fuller Park Apartments for Rent(hide neighborhood information)
Located five miles south of Chicago’s Loop, Fuller Park is the home of the American League Chicago White Sox baseball team. One of Chicago’s smallest community areas, this narrow two-mile strip spans 15 blocks north and south, between the Dan Ryan Expressway and the Rock Island Railroad Metra lines to the east and the Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad to the west.
Historically, Fuller Park has been dealt a few blows. City planners sliced the community in half to build the Dan Ryan. Next, its economy suffered when a slowdown at the Union Stockyard caused massive job loss. Twenty-one years later, the stockyards closed altogether. At the end of the 20th century, Fuller Park’s future looked bleak.
But Fuller Park is its community of survivors – that’s the first thing to love. Residents are working to recover their rich architectural history and protect historic buildings. Their positive changes include developing neighborhood parkland and adding much-needed green space.
The park itself is the second thing to love. Resting on more than 10 acres, Fuller Park opened in 1912, with a fieldhouse designed in classical Greek revival style. Today the fieldhouse features a kitchen, fitness center, gymnasiums, an auditorium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, areas for field sports, tennis courts and interactive water spray pool.
The third thing to love: Eden Place Nature Center. Founded when resident Michael Howard tackled the illegal dumpsite across the street from his home, the nature center began with the removal of 200 tons of waste from its three acres. The center’s amazing success has been honored by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and filmed for a PBS special documentary called Eden Lost & Found.
Much of Fuller Park’s housing stock is rental. Housing options include condominiums and apartments to three- or four-bedroom homes. For those keen on restoration, there are many opportunities to find a home needing TLC.
Schools in Fuller Park include Coleman Elementary, Graham Elementary, McKinley Fellowship Headstart, Parkman Elementary, Garbriel’s School, Thomas A. Hendrick’s Community Academy and Tilden High School.