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 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.

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.

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 Garden

Clarendon Garden

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Edible

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 Center

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave

Notes: M-F, 9am-3pm; 5-9pm;Closed for cleaning 3-5pm; Sa/Su, 9am-4pm; ADA accessible equipment Sign up for a membership

Clarendon Football/Soccer

Clarendon Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

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

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Uplift High School Pool

Uplift High School Pool (1)

Location: 900 W Wilson Ave.

Location Notes: 900 W. Wilson Ave.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)742-7709

Uplift High School Pool Closed 12/21/14 - 1/4/15

Notice Valid From: 12/8/2014 - 1/5/2015

1/5/15 - 3/22/15 Uplift H.S. Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 12/18/2014 - 3/22/2015

Clarendon Tennis Court

Clarendon Tennis Court

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Clarendon Water Playground

Clarendon Water Playground

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 94103Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$60.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clarendon 112836InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clarendon 112841InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Clarendon 112834InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Clarendon 112835InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Basketball at Clarendon 98908InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Clarendon 98906InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9:45pm
$3.00
Basketball at Clarendon 98907InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$3.00
Basketball at Clarendon 98909InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$3.00
Basketball League at Clarendon 99007Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 5pm
$5.00
Bitty Basketball at Clarendon 99068InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$5.00
Hip Hop Arts Partnership at Clarendon 99818PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 12 but less than 21Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Indoor Soccer at Clarendon 99953InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMale2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$21.00
Indoor Soccer at Clarendon 99954InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMale2015/01/06 02:15From January 5, 2015 to March 9, 2015
Each Monday from 8:15pm to 9:45pm
$21.00
Inner City Basketball at Clarendon 100003Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/15 22:00From January 15, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Karate at Clarendon 100033InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$9.00
Karate at Clarendon 100034InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 20:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$9.00
Kickboxing at Clarendon 100041InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 02:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$12.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 100142InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 112833InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 100143InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 100141InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 100144InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 100381InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 23:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$9.00
Music and Movement at Clarendon 100494InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$10.00
NERF Soccer at Clarendon 100536InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$10.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Clarendon 100906InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$20.00
Pilates at Clarendon 100993InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$16.00
Seasonal Sports at Clarendon 112969InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Clarendon 101464InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 101631InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Clarendon 101846InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Clarendon 112832InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Volleyball League at Clarendon 102175Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/01/28 01:00From January 27, 2015 to April 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$245.00
Weightlifting at Clarendon 112968InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2015/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Yoga at Clarendon 102267InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$16.00

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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.

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.