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

Hours: ,

Notes: Closed for cleaning 3-5pm 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

Clarendon Tennis Court

Clarendon Tennis Court

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
Adult Swim at Clarendon 106788OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/03/31 01:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 129457OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Male2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
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 129458OpenSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 19Male2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
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 105222OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 105223OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/04 14:15From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 11:30am
$4.00
Basketball Skills at Clarendon 129453InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/04/03 00:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$6.00
Family Swim at Clarendon 105819OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Clarendon 106225Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at Clarendon 106230Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Karate at Clarendon 106253InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Karate at Clarendon 106252InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 19:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$10.00
Kickboxing at Clarendon 106268InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 01:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$13.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 106372InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 106375InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 106373InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 106374InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 106606InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 22:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$10.00
Music and Movement at Clarendon 106723InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/04/01 15:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$11.00
NERF Soccer at Clarendon 106768InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$11.00
Open Swim at Clarendon 106785OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Clarendon 106955InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 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
$21.00
Pilates at Clarendon 107038InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$17.00
Seasonal Sports at Clarendon 129455InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Soccer - Open at Clarendon 107463OpenSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$22.00
Soccer - Open at Clarendon 107464OpenSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2015/04/03 01:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 8:15pm to 9:40pm
$22.00
Soccer at Clarendon 107471InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to May 27, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 107775InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 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 107987InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$32.00
Volleyball - Open at Clarendon 108272OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9:45pm
$4.00
Weightlifting at Clarendon 129454InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/04/02 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$0
Yoga at Clarendon 108387InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$17.00
Yoga/Pilates at Clarendon Cancelled108425InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/01 14:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$17.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 118121OpenSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/06/08 20:00From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 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
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 118122OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/08 23:00From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 118123OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/06/09 23:00From June 9, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 118120OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/06/10 23:30From June 10, 2015 to August 12, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 131277OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/06/13 14:00From June 13, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 1:45pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 118119OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/13 14:15From June 13, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 11:30am
$4.00
Basketball at Clarendon 121201InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/06/24 00:00From June 23, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Day Camp at Clarendon 118359CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$117.00
Extended Camp at Clarendon 118577CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 20:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$41.00
Family Swim at Clarendon 118696OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/23 21:45From June 23, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$0
Indoor Soccer - Open at Clarendon 119166OpenSports - Soccer18 and upMale2015/06/08 23:30From June 8, 2015 to August 10, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$22.00
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Clarendon 119169Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/06/08 16:30From June 8, 2015 to August 12, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Clarendon 119184Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/06/19 18:00From June 19, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Clarendon 119215InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/06/08 22:00From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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 3pm to 7pm
$0
Karate - Advanced at Clarendon 119237InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/13 19:30From June 13, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$10.00
Karate - Beginner at Clarendon 119238InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/13 18:30From June 13, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Lap Swim at Clarendon 119274OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/22 21:45From June 22, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 133622InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/22 18:30From June 22, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 119530InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/23 19:00From June 23, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 119528InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/25 19:00From June 25, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 119529InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 119722InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/06/17 22:15From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$10.00
Open Swim at Clarendon 119920OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/22 21:00From June 22, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Clarendon 120759OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Pilates at Clarendon 120813InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 23:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$17.00
POST Family Swim at Clarendon 131204OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/25 21:45From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$0
POST Lap Swim at Clarendon 131206OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 21:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$40.00
POST Open Swim at Clarendon 131209OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 21:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Clarendon 131210OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/26 18:30From August 26, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
POST Teen Swim at Clarendon 131207OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/25 17:00From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:45pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Clarendon 131205OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 17:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Youth Swim at Clarendon 132288OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 15:30From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
$0
PRE Family Swim at Clarendon Cancelled130542OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/13 17:00June 13, 2015
Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
PRE Lap Swim at Clarendon Cancelled130548OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/08 21:30From June 8, 2015 to June 13, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$40.00
PRE Youth Swim at Clarendon 132289OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/22 15:30From June 22, 2015 to June 24, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 121161InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/22 19:45From June 22, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 4pm
$28.00
Teen Swim at Clarendon 133620OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/23 17:00From June 23, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:45pm
$0
Yoga at Clarendon 121512InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/18 00:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$17.00
Youth Swim at Clarendon 133619OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/22 17:00From June 22, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:15pm
$0

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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.