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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
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
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Clarendon 220908InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/08/07 22:00From August 7, 2017 to November 3, 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 27, 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
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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Clarendon 204836OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/12 01:00From September 11, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clarendon 204883InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 205200OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/12/20 22:00From December 20, 2017 to December 29, 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
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 205197OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/14 00:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 205196OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/16 14:15From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 11:45am
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 205195OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 14:15From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 1:45pm
$0
Basketball at Clarendon 205334InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 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
$0
Basketball Skills at Clarendon 205435InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/16 17:30From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$13.00
CPD Swim Club at Clarendon 224403InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:45From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 8pm
$35.00
Dodgeball League at Clarendon 205882Team_LeagueSports - Dodgeball21 and upCoed2017/10/27 00:00From October 26, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9:45pm
$54.00
Hip Hop Arts Partnership at Clarendon 206337PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Hip Hop Arts Partnership at Clarendon 206336PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Indoor Soccer at Clarendon 206352InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$24.00
Indoor Soccer at Clarendon 206353InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/09/12 01:15From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 8:15pm to 9:45pm
$24.00
Kickboxing at Clarendon 206422InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 00:15From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$19.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 206525InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 224466InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/14 00:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 206526InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 206527InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 206811InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 22:15From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$15.00
Open Swim at Clarendon 224467OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Clarendon 207069InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2017/08/21 20:00From August 21, 2017 to December 15, 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
$23.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Clarendon 207136Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2017/08/21 20:00From August 21, 2017 to June 8, 2018$69.00
Seasonal Sports at Clarendon 224323InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/09/12 19:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 224470InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 22:15From September 15, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 7pm
$35.00
Teen Fit Box at Clarendon 224325InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 14 but less than 17Coed2017/09/13 00:15From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Clarendon 224324InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Clarendon 208106InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Clarendon 208150InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Clarendon 224557Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/29 23:45From September 29, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 9:45pm
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Clarendon 208704InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$19.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Clarendon 213327InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$23.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Clarendon 219254InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$23.00

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Description

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.