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.

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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.

Events

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Let Hope Rise at Clarendon

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Peacebook at Clarendon

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Peacebook

Peacebook at Clarendon

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Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 156152OpenSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/06/13 20:00From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 156153OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/13 23:00From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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 156151OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/06/15 23:30From June 15, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$23.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 156150OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/18 14:15From June 18, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 11:30am
$5.00
Basketball at Clarendon 156202InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2016/06/29 00:30From June 28, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
$0
Day Camp at Clarendon 156390CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$123.00
Extended Camp at Clarendon 156609CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 20:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$42.00
Family Swim at Clarendon 156689OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Hip Hop Arts Partnership at Clarendon 159479PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2016/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2016 to August 15, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 2:30pm
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Clarendon 156888Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/13 16:30From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Clarendon 156933InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/06/13 22:00From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Karate - Advanced at Clarendon 156953InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/18 19:30From June 18, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Karate - Beginner at Clarendon 156954InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/18 18:30From June 18, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$11.00
Leadership Camp at Clarendon 158372CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$51.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 157102InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 19:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 157103InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 157299InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/06/22 22:15From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$11.00
Open Swim at Clarendon 157334OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:30pm
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Pilates at Clarendon 157436InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Soccer - Open at Clarendon 156887OpenSports - Soccer18 and upMale2016/06/13 23:30From June 13, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$23.00
Sports Camp at Clarendon 159477CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Friday from 9am to 1pm
$15.00
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 158305InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 19:45From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$28.00
Teen Swim at Clarendon 161085OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 18:30From June 22, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
$0
Yoga at Clarendon 158699InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 00:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$18.00
Youth Swim at Clarendon 158746OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Monday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0

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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.