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.

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
Adult Swim at Clarendon 201296OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:45pm
$0
Arts XIII Camp at Clarendon 201879CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 12 but less than 14Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$130.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 195349OpenSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 18Coed2017/06/05 20:00From June 5, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 195348OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/06/07 23:30From June 7, 2017 to August 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 195348OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/06/07 23:30From June 7, 2017 to August 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 195350OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/17 14:00From June 17, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 195347OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/10 14:15From June 10, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 11:30am
$6.00
Cultural Camp at Clarendon 200197CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 11 but less than 19Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 5pm
Each Friday from 10am to 5pm
Dance - Hip Hop Arts Partner at Clarendon 201880PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAnyCoed2017/06/27 00:00From June 26, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Day Camp at Clarendon 195603CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$129.00
Extended Camp at Clarendon 195825CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 20:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$44.00
Family Swim at Clarendon 195903OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Hip Hop Arts Partnership at Clarendon 196080PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 11 but less than 19Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 5pm
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Clarendon 220908InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/08/07 22:00From August 7, 2017 to November 10, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Clarendon 220907InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/07/10 22:00From July 10, 2017 to October 20, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Clarendon 196279InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/06/05 22:00From June 5, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Karate - Advanced at Clarendon 196298InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/10 19:30From June 10, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$12.00
Karate - Beginner at Clarendon 196299InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/10 18:30From June 10, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Leadership Camp at Clarendon 196383CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$54.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 200040InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 20:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 196451InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 196649InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/06/26 22:15From June 26, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$12.00
Open Swim at Clarendon 196683OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Pilates at Clarendon 196783InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/26 23:00From June 26, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$19.00
Soccer - Open at Clarendon 197013OpenSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/06/05 23:30From June 5, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$24.00
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 197151InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 18:30From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Clarendon 200042InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/06/24 15:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Yoga at Clarendon 197636InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/27 00:00From June 26, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$19.00

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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.