Clarendon Park Community Center

  • 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60640 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Michael Brown
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7512

Located in the Uptown community (two blocks east of Sheridan Road, two blocks south of Wilson Avenue, and just west of Lake Shore drive), Clarendon Park sits on over eight acres of land. The fieldhouse contains a fitness center, a gymnasium, and several clubrooms available for rental. Outside features two junior baseball and two softball fields, a two-hoop basketball court, new dog-friendly area and a playground with an interactive water play area.

Clarendon Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities, particularly for older children and adults. However, Tot Spot is available for toddlers. Youth can enjoy basketball, cheerleading, drop-in, Junior Bears football, karate, seasonal sports—and the popular six-week, summer day camp. Programs for teens include basketball, drop-in, seasonal sports—and Teen Leadership Club during the summer. Adults can partake in basketball, dodgeball, the fitness center, soccer, and volleyball. Kuumba Lynx is the Arts Partner In Residence, which provides the following programming at the park: Poetry, Graffiti Art, Hip Hop, and skateboarding. Special events at Clarendon Park include an annual Easter Egg Hunt plus an outdoor Movie in the Park.

Clarendon Park is the home to the Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club. We welcome visitors of all ages to stop by and enjoy. Rekindle the emotions of model trains you had as a kid. The Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club has a rich history and beautifully crafted layout. 
 

Swimming programs are available at the nearby Uplift High School.

History

Clarendon Community Center takes its name from the adjoining avenue, honoring English statesman Edward Hyde (1609-1674), first Earl of Clarendon. Clarendon originated as a municipal beach. During the 19th century, Lake Michigan was rarely used for swimming because the heavily polluted Chicago River flowed into it. The new Sanitary Canal corrected the problem in 1900, and the Health Department began creating municipal beaches to provide the city's growing population with access to swimming as well as showers and changing facilities. In 1905, the city's Special Park Commission took over management of municipal beaches. Several years later, the commission began planning a state-of-the-art facility, visiting well-known municipal beaches throughout the nation such as Belle Isle Beach, Detroit; the New York City Beach at Coney Island; and the Atlantic City Bath Houses. In 1916, the city opened the Clarendon Municipal Beach, featuring an impressive brick building with two stately towers, separate open-air locker areas for men and women, and two smaller buildings housing a laundry and a children's playroom. Accommodating more than 9,000 swimmers and a promenade for thousands of spectators, the facility provided bathing suits, towels, and lockers for the charge of ten cents per adult. The beach remained popular until the late 1930s, when the Chicago Park District expanded Lincoln Park north to Foster Avenue, thereby eliminating Clarendon's lake frontage. At that time, the city converted the facility into a community center, adding gymnasiums, club rooms, a playground, and an athletic field. The Chicago Park District assumed ownership of the Clarendon Community Center in 1959. A major renovation project in 1972 resulted in the removal of the building's most distinguishing features such as its tile roof and towers. In recent years, the park district has made the building accessible to people with disabilities, and upgraded the ball fields and playground.

Parking/Directions

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

Lily, Birth-Rebirth

Lily, Birth-Rebirth (1)

Location Notes: West exterior of field house

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Clarendon Baseball

Clarendon Baseball

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Clarendon Basketball

Clarendon Basketball

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Clarendon Bocce Court

Clarendon Bocce Court

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Clarendon Dog Friendly Area

Clarendon Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 4501 N. Marine Drive

Notes: .13 acres, located north of Park District service yard, north of Montrose. Doggie drinking fountain.

Clarendon Fieldhouse

Clarendon Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Hours: ,

Clarendon Fitness Center

Clarendon Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

Notes:

Closed for cleaning 3-5pm

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Clarendon Football/Soccer

Clarendon Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Clarendon Gymnasium

Clarendon Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Clarendon Clubroom

Clarendon Clubroom

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Notes: Clubrooms

Clarendon Playground

Clarendon PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Clarendon Tennis Court

Clarendon Tennis Court

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Clarendon Water Playground

Clarendon Water Playground

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Clarendon 167341Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to June 16, 2017$66.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 174736InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 23:45From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 7pm
$35.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Clarendon 178169OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/04 01:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clarendon 193515InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/08 00:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 178545OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Male2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 178546OpenSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 19Male2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 178543OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$25.00
Dance - Hip Hop - Arts Partner at Clarendon 179047InstructionCulture and Arts - Event - DanceAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7:30pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Clarendon 179712Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 20:30From April 5, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at Clarendon 179717Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/04/05 20:30From April 5, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Karate at Clarendon 179744InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 18:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Karate at Clarendon 179743InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 19:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$13.00
Kickboxing at Clarendon 179762InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 01:00From April 3, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$16.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 179861InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 179863InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 179862InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 21:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 179864InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 180112InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 22:15From April 3, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$31.00
Open Swim at Clarendon 180239OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:45pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Clarendon 180355InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$22.00
Pilates at Clarendon 180449InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Clarendon 180737InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Soccer - Open at Clarendon 180996OpenSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$25.00
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 181339InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:45From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 7pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Clarendon 181601InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Clarendon 181645InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Weightlifting at Clarendon 182040InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Yoga at Clarendon 182099InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00

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Located in the Uptown community (two blocks east of Sheridan Road, two blocks south of Wilson Avenue, and just west of Lake Shore drive), Clarendon Park sits on over eight acres of land. The fieldhouse contains a fitness center, a gymnasium, and several clubrooms available for rental. Outside features two junior baseball and two softball fields, a two-hoop basketball court, new dog-friendly area and a playground with an interactive water play area.

Clarendon Park offers a variety of recreation opportunities, particularly for older children and adults. However, Tot Spot is available for toddlers. Youth can enjoy basketball, cheerleading, drop-in, Junior Bears football, karate, seasonal sports—and the popular six-week, summer day camp. Programs for teens include basketball, drop-in, seasonal sports—and Teen Leadership Club during the summer. Adults can partake in basketball, dodgeball, the fitness center, soccer, and volleyball. Kuumba Lynx is the Arts Partner In Residence, which provides the following programming at the park: Poetry, Graffiti Art, Hip Hop, and skateboarding. Special events at Clarendon Park include an annual Easter Egg Hunt plus an outdoor Movie in the Park.

Clarendon Park is the home to the Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club. We welcome visitors of all ages to stop by and enjoy. Rekindle the emotions of model trains you had as a kid. The Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club has a rich history and beautifully crafted layout. 
 

Swimming programs are available at the nearby Uplift High School.

Clarendon Community Center takes its name from the adjoining avenue, honoring English statesman Edward Hyde (1609-1674), first Earl of Clarendon. Clarendon originated as a municipal beach. During the 19th century, Lake Michigan was rarely used for swimming because the heavily polluted Chicago River flowed into it. The new Sanitary Canal corrected the problem in 1900, and the Health Department began creating municipal beaches to provide the city's growing population with access to swimming as well as showers and changing facilities. In 1905, the city's Special Park Commission took over management of municipal beaches. Several years later, the commission began planning a state-of-the-art facility, visiting well-known municipal beaches throughout the nation such as Belle Isle Beach, Detroit; the New York City Beach at Coney Island; and the Atlantic City Bath Houses. In 1916, the city opened the Clarendon Municipal Beach, featuring an impressive brick building with two stately towers, separate open-air locker areas for men and women, and two smaller buildings housing a laundry and a children's playroom. Accommodating more than 9,000 swimmers and a promenade for thousands of spectators, the facility provided bathing suits, towels, and lockers for the charge of ten cents per adult. The beach remained popular until the late 1930s, when the Chicago Park District expanded Lincoln Park north to Foster Avenue, thereby eliminating Clarendon's lake frontage. At that time, the city converted the facility into a community center, adding gymnasiums, club rooms, a playground, and an athletic field. The Chicago Park District assumed ownership of the Clarendon Community Center in 1959. A major renovation project in 1972 resulted in the removal of the building's most distinguishing features such as its tile roof and towers. In recent years, the park district has made the building accessible to people with disabilities, and upgraded the ball fields and playground.

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