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.

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

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 92252OpenSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
Free
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 92248OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9:45pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 92249OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 8pm to 9:30pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 92254OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$3.00
Basketball - Open at Clarendon 92251OpenSports - BasketballAt least 15 but less than 18CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 1:30pm
Free
Basketball - Teen League at Clarendon 93071Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 14CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Friday from 2pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 5pm
$110.00
Basketball at Clarendon 92253InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
Free
Basketball at Clarendon 92250InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 11:30am
Free
Bitty Basketball at Clarendon 92398InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 11CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$10.00
Dodgeball at Clarendon 92755InstructionSports - Dodgeball18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9:45pm
$50.00
Hip Hop Arts Partnership at Clarendon 93137PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 21CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 8pm
Free
Hip Hop Arts Partnership at Clarendon 93136PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 8pm
Free
Indoor Soccer at Clarendon 93345InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$21.00
Indoor Soccer at Clarendon 93346InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8:15pm to 9:45pm
$21.00
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Clarendon 93420InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 3pm
Free
Karate at Clarendon 93432InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$9.00
Karate at Clarendon 93433InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$9.00
Kickboxing at Clarendon 110766InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$16.00
Kiddie College at Clarendon 95254InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$10.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 93538InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 93540InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 93539InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Clarendon 93541InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 110763InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
$9.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Clarendon 110764InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$9.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Clarendon 94037InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Clarendon 94103Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 12CoedFrom 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
Soccer at Clarendon 94557InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Free
Soccer at Clarendon 95255InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$10.00
TEAM Sports at Clarendon 94795InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Clarendon 95105InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Volleyball League at Clarendon 95431Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$245.00
Yoga at Clarendon 110765InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$12.00
Yoga/Pilates at Clarendon 110761InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$16.00
Yoga/Pilates at Clarendon 110762InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$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.