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

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Mosaic

Mosaic (1)

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Playground Art

Playground Art (1)

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Commercial Club Baseball T-Ball

Commercial Club Baseball T-Ball

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Commercial Club Basketball Courts

Commercial Club Basketball Courts

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Commercial Park

Commercial Park

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Commercial Club Fieldhouse

Commercial Club Fieldhouse

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Commercial Club Soccer

Commercial Club Soccer

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Commercial Club Gymnasium

Commercial Club Gymnasium

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Commercial Club Clubrooms

Commercial Club Clubrooms

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Commercial Club Playground

Commercial Club PlaygroundAccessible

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Commercial Club Spray Pool

Commercial Club Spray Pool

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Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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 at Commercial Club 125403InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, November 23, 2015
$11.00
Basketball at Commercial Club 125402InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/17 22:30From September 17, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Commercial Club 125517InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
$26.00
Dodgeball at Commercial Club 125874InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 27, 2015
$11.00
Floor Hockey at Commercial Club 126080InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
$11.00
Floor Hockey at Commercial Club 126081InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
$11.00
Football League at Commercial Club 126033Individual_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, November 23, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
$26.00
Mighty Fit Family at Commercial Club 126974InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2015/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$0
Park Kids - Fall Session at Commercial Club 127325InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 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
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$143.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Commercial Club 127396Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00Schooldays, 3:00pm - 6:00pm$429.00
Play School at Commercial Club 127513InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
$71.00
Play School at Commercial Club 127511InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/15 15:45From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:45am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
$71.00
Play School at Commercial Club 127512InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 1y 7m Coed2015/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$71.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Commercial Club 127773InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
$0
Soccer at Commercial Club 127948InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, November 23, 2015
$11.00
Soccer at Commercial Club 127945InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$26.00
Soccer at Commercial Club 127946InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, November 28, 2015
$41.00
Soccer at Commercial Club 127947InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, November 28, 2015
$41.00
Soccer League at Commercial Club 126032Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2015 to November 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$26.00
Teen Club at Commercial Club 128224OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$0

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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.