Commercial Club Playground

  • 1845 W. Rice St.   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Shandrel Young
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7558

Located in the West Town Community, Commercial Park totals 1.36 acres and features a fieldhouse with a kitchen and a gymnasium with a newly upgraded floor. Outside, the park offers a playground, baseball field and basketball court. Many of these spaces are available for rental for community meetings and parties.

Park-goers can play basketball, seasonal sports and volleyball at the facility. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well for toddlers.

In addition to programs, Commercial Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as the Community Kids Festival and Movies in the Park.

History

Concerns about the lack of playgrounds in congested parts of the city spurred the Commercial Club of Chicago to create a small park in the West Town neighborhood in 1903. A prominent and influential business organization, the club participated in various projects to improve and beautify the city, including sponsoring Daniel H. Burnham's seminal 1909 Plan of Chicago. For the playground project, club members donated $10,000, the largest gift for such an effort at the time. The park was named Lincoln Playground, for adjacent Wolcott Avenue, previously known as Lincoln Street. In 1906, the club donated the park to the City of Chicago, stipulating that it be named in honor of the Commercial Club, and that the name never be changed again. The Commercial Club remained active in supporting this and other playgrounds for many years. It donated $1,000 for an ornamental fence around Commercial Club Park in 1908, and made annual $200 gifts to provide prizes for athletic contests and competitions in numerous municipal parks. When Commercial Club Park first opened to the public, it included playground equipment, sand courts, a shelter house, and a playfield that was flooded for skating in the winter. By 1938, the city had constructed a fieldhouse in the park, providing a gymnasium and play room. The city transferred the site to the Chicago Park District along with more than 250 properties in 1959. In 1980, the park district rehabilitated the fieldhouse and enlarged Commercial Club Park by acquiring and demolishing an adjacent electric sub-station.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Commercial Club Baseball T-Ball

Commercial Club Baseball T-Ball

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Basketball Courts

Commercial Club Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Park

Commercial Park

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

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Commercial Club Fieldhouse

Commercial Club Fieldhouse

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Commercial Club Soccer

Commercial Club Soccer

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Gymnasium

Commercial Club Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Clubrooms

Commercial Club Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Playground

Commercial Club PlaygroundAccessible

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Commercial Club Spray Pool

Commercial Club Spray Pool

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Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Park Kids - Fall Session at Commercial Club 94039InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 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
$140.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Commercial Club 110139Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 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
$420.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Bitty Basketball at Commercial Club 99069InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$25.00
Dodgeball at Commercial Club 99430InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey League at Commercial Club 115824Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$25.00
Floor Hockey League at Commercial Club 115825Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$25.00
Indoor Soccer at Commercial Club 99955InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 11, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Mighty Fit Family at Commercial Club 112785InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2015/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
NERF Soccer at Commercial Club 100537InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$25.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Commercial Club 100908InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$140.00
Play School at Commercial Club 101024InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 15:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:45am
$70.00
Play School at Commercial Club 101022InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 16:45From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:45am to Noon
$70.00
Play School at Commercial Club 101023InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 1y 7m Coed2015/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:45am
$70.00
Seasonal Sports at Commercial Club 101171InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Commercial Club 101263InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Commercial Club 101715InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Commercial Club 101963InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$40.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Commercial Club 101964InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$40.00

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Description

Located in the West Town Community, Commercial Park totals 1.36 acres and features a fieldhouse with a kitchen and a gymnasium with a newly upgraded floor. Outside, the park offers a playground, baseball field and basketball court. Many of these spaces are available for rental for community meetings and parties.

Park-goers can play basketball, seasonal sports and volleyball at the facility. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well for toddlers.

In addition to programs, Commercial Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as the Community Kids Festival and Movies in the Park.

Concerns about the lack of playgrounds in congested parts of the city spurred the Commercial Club of Chicago to create a small park in the West Town neighborhood in 1903. A prominent and influential business organization, the club participated in various projects to improve and beautify the city, including sponsoring Daniel H. Burnham's seminal 1909 Plan of Chicago. For the playground project, club members donated $10,000, the largest gift for such an effort at the time. The park was named Lincoln Playground, for adjacent Wolcott Avenue, previously known as Lincoln Street. In 1906, the club donated the park to the City of Chicago, stipulating that it be named in honor of the Commercial Club, and that the name never be changed again. The Commercial Club remained active in supporting this and other playgrounds for many years. It donated $1,000 for an ornamental fence around Commercial Club Park in 1908, and made annual $200 gifts to provide prizes for athletic contests and competitions in numerous municipal parks. When Commercial Club Park first opened to the public, it included playground equipment, sand courts, a shelter house, and a playfield that was flooded for skating in the winter. By 1938, the city had constructed a fieldhouse in the park, providing a gymnasium and play room. The city transferred the site to the Chicago Park District along with more than 250 properties in 1959. In 1980, the park district rehabilitated the fieldhouse and enlarged Commercial Club Park by acquiring and demolishing an adjacent electric sub-station.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.