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.

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 Garden

Clarendon Garden

Location Notes: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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 164812OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/20 01:00From September 19, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clarendon 165855InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 165151OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$23.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 165152OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/22 01:15From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 8:15pm to 9:45pm
$23.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 165149OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$5.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 165148OpenSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 16:45From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 1:45pm
$0
Basketball at Clarendon 165266InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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 at Clarendon 165267InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2016/09/24 19:30From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Basketball Skills at Clarendon 165400InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/24 17:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 1, 2016
$12.00
Dodgeball League at Clarendon 165789Team_LeagueSports - Dodgeball21 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:45From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 9:45pm
$51.00
Drum Circle at Clarendon Cancelled185169InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Hip Hop Arts Partnership at Clarendon 166255PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Hip Hop Arts Partnership at Clarendon 166254PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Indoor Soccer at Clarendon 166513InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMale2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Clarendon 166514InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMale2016/09/20 01:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 8:15pm to 9:45pm
$23.00
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Clarendon 166566InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 21:30From September 6, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 3pm
$0
Karate at Clarendon 166587InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 18:30From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$11.00
Karate at Clarendon 166588InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 19:30From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Kickboxing at Clarendon 166604InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$18.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 166732InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 186604InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 166733InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 166734InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 185167InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 22:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$14.00
Open Swim at Clarendon 184120OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Clarendon 167271InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$22.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Clarendon 167341Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2016/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2016 to June 16, 2017$66.00
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 168241InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:15From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Clarendon 168570InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Clarendon 186605InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Volleyball - Open at Clarendon 168917OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 18 but less than 51Coed2016/09/21 00:15From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 9:30pm
$4.00
Yoga/Pilates at Clarendon 169155InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00

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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.

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.