California Park

  • 3843 N. California Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: McFetridge
  • Park Phone: (773) 478-2609

California Park is located on California Avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, just west of the Chicago River.

Housing the Chicago Park District's only indoor ice rink and indoor tennis courts, California Park's McFetridge Sports Center (MSC) offers a unique sports experience for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Full of activity 18 hours a day, seven days a week, MSC welcomes more than 2,000 patrons each week for its year-round competitive and recreational ice skating, hockey and tennis programs, as well as special events.

History

California Park, which takes its name from adjacent California Avenue, is one of six parks created by the River Park District. Established in 1917, the district was one of 22 independent park systems consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Northwest Chicago residents formed the River Park District to provide recreational opportunities along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the North Shore Channel and to prevent commercial encroachments there. Soon after its formation, the park district began to purchase more than 13 acres south of Irving Park Road, between California Avenue and the North Shore Channel. Although land acquisition dragged on until 1931, development began in 1920, when Leesely Brothers prepared a landscape plan. Improvements were confined largely to plantings until 1927, when the River Park District began construction of an outdoor swimming pool that was, for a time, Illinois's largest. An athletic field, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds followed in 1928, as did a small brick fieldhouse designed by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld.

In the 1970s, the Chicago Park District demolished the original fieldhouse and erected a new changing facility in its place. The park district also constructed an impressive new indoor sports complex, the first of its kind for the park district. The structure contains a year-round ice rink for figure skating and hockey, as well as six tennis courts. This facility was officially designated the McFetridge Sports Complex in 1974 for William L. McFetridge, who served as park district president in 1968, and as vice-president for the preceding 22 years.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

California Wheelchair Softball Diamond

California Wheelchair Softball Diamond

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

Descriptors: Softball

California Basketball Courts

California Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

McFetridge Sports Center

McFetridge Sports Center

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

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California Meeting & Event Spaces

California Meeting & Event Spaces

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

California Playground

California Playground

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

McFetridge Sports Centers

McFetridge Sports Centers

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

Notes: Indoor Courts

California Water Feature Interactive

California Water Feature Interactive

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Family Swim at California 118688OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/13 22:30From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Jr. Cubs Wheelchair Softball at California 119207InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 19:00From June 16, 2015 to July 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
$0
Lap Swim at California 147458OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/14 17:15From June 14, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Learn to Swim at California 119514InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/18 20:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at California 119516InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/19 20:30From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at California 119515InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00
Open Swim at California 119872OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 19:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015 from 11am to 12:30pm
Friday, July 3, 2015 from 12:45pm to 2pm
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at California 120752OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/16 17:45From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
POST Family Swim at California 131231OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/29 22:30From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Open Swim at California 131232OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 19:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at California 131235OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/25 17:45From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at California 131815OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 16:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
$0
POST Youth Swim at California 131233OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/27 20:30From August 27, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
TEAM Sports at California 121159InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 20:30From June 16, 2015 to September 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Wheelchair Softball at California 121484InstructionSports - Softball18 and upCoed2015/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Wheelchair Softball League at California 121485Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2015/05/23 17:30From May 23, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$0

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California Park is located on California Avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, just west of the Chicago River.

Housing the Chicago Park District's only indoor ice rink and indoor tennis courts, California Park's McFetridge Sports Center (MSC) offers a unique sports experience for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Full of activity 18 hours a day, seven days a week, MSC welcomes more than 2,000 patrons each week for its year-round competitive and recreational ice skating, hockey and tennis programs, as well as special events.

California Park, which takes its name from adjacent California Avenue, is one of six parks created by the River Park District. Established in 1917, the district was one of 22 independent park systems consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Northwest Chicago residents formed the River Park District to provide recreational opportunities along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the North Shore Channel and to prevent commercial encroachments there. Soon after its formation, the park district began to purchase more than 13 acres south of Irving Park Road, between California Avenue and the North Shore Channel. Although land acquisition dragged on until 1931, development began in 1920, when Leesely Brothers prepared a landscape plan. Improvements were confined largely to plantings until 1927, when the River Park District began construction of an outdoor swimming pool that was, for a time, Illinois's largest. An athletic field, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds followed in 1928, as did a small brick fieldhouse designed by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld.

In the 1970s, the Chicago Park District demolished the original fieldhouse and erected a new changing facility in its place. The park district also constructed an impressive new indoor sports complex, the first of its kind for the park district. The structure contains a year-round ice rink for figure skating and hockey, as well as six tennis courts. This facility was officially designated the McFetridge Sports Complex in 1974 for William L. McFetridge, who served as park district president in 1968, and as vice-president for the preceding 22 years.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.