Chicago Park District
Train Room at Clarendon Park

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Tot soccer class at Clarendon

Tot soccer class at Clarendon

 
Clarendon Park Cubs Care Team Members

Clarendon Park Cubs Care Team

 
Clarendon Park Community Center Fieldhouse

Clarendon Park Community Center Fieldhouse

 
Clarendon Park Community Center - Fitness Center

Clarendon Park Community Center - Fitness Center

 
Clarendon Park Community Center - Playground

Clarendon Park Community Center - Playground

 
Clarendon Park Community Center - Fitness Center

Clarendon Park Community Center - Fitness Center

 
Indoor Pool at Uplift High School

Check out the many swim classes offered at Clarendon Park!

 
Uplift High School Indoor Pool

Indoor Pool at Uplift Highschool

 

Clarendon Park Community Center

4501 N. Clarendon Ave. Chicago IL 60640

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm

Fieldhouse: M-F 9am - 10pm Sa-Su 9am - 5pm

Park Supervisor:
Michael Brown

(312) 742-7512

 
 
 

Description

Located in the Uptown community (two blocks west 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.

Swimming programs are available at the nearby Uplift High School.

 

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Tuesday, February 25 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

Join us! 

 
 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 3
Basketball Court - Outdoor 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 1
Bocce Court 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 1
Community Gardens 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. Edible 1 Community Garden
Dog Friendly Areas 4501 N. Marine Drive 1 .13 acres, located north of Park District service yard, north of Montrose. Doggie drinking fountain.
Fieldhouse 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 0
Fitness Centers 4501 N. Clarendon Ave 1 M-F, 9am-3pm; 5-9pm;Closed for cleaning 3-5pm; Sa/Su, 9am-4pm; ADA accessible equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer - Grass 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 2 Clubrooms
Playgrounds 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. Rubberized Surface 1
Swimming Pools - Indoor 900 W. Wilson Ave. 0 Spring Season Pool Schedule at Uplift Community High School
Tennis Courts 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 1
Water Playgrounds 4501 N. Clarendon Ave. 1
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.

 

 

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