Commercial Club Playground

  • 1845 W. Rice St.   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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.

Mosaic

Mosaic (1)

Location Notes: Field house exterior

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Playground Art

Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: Playground

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

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.

Hours: , ,

Descriptors: Ornamental

Commercial Club Fieldhouse

Commercial Club Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

Hours: , ,

Commercial Club Soccer

Commercial Club Soccer

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

Descriptors: Grass

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

Hours: , ,

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Commercial Club Spray Pool

Commercial Club Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

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.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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 Commercial Club 165268OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$12.00
Park Kids - Fall at Commercial Club 167273InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 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
$160.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Commercial Club 167343Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 23, 2017$480.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Commercial Club 186940InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Basketball Skills at Commercial Club 186939InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Bitty Basketball at Commercial Club 172327InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:30From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Dodgeball at Commercial Club 172734InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Floor Hockey League at Commercial Club 172914Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/15 00:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm
$28.00
Floor Hockey League at Commercial Club 172915Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/01/15 00:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Mighty Fit Family at Commercial Club 173698InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2017/01/11 21:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
NERF Soccer at Commercial Club 173860InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Park Kids - Winter at Commercial Club 173991InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
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
$160.00
Play School at Commercial Club 174100InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 1y 7m Coed2017/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:45am
$73.00
Play School at Commercial Club 174101InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/11 15:30From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:45am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:45am
$73.00
Play School at Commercial Club 174099InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/11 16:45From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:45am to Noon
$73.00
Seasonal Sports at Commercial Club 174243InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Commercial Club 174338InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Soccer at Commercial Club 174510InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Teen Club at Commercial Club 174774OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Commercial Club 175096InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$43.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Commercial Club 175097InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$43.00
Volleyball at Commercial Club 189287InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00

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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.