Commercial Club Playground

  • 1845 W. Rice St.   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Shandrel Young
  • 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.

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Commercial Club Baseball T-Ball

Commercial Club Baseball T-Ball

Location: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Basketball Courts

Commercial Club Basketball Courts

Location: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Park

Commercial Park

Location: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Fieldhouse

Commercial Club Fieldhouse

Location: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Soccer

Commercial Club Soccer

Location: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Gymnasium

Commercial Club Gymnasium

Location: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Clubrooms

Commercial Club Clubrooms

Location: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Playground

Commercial Club PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 1845 W. Rice St.

Commercial Club Spray Pool

Commercial Club Spray Pool

Location: 1845 W. Rice St.

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 at Commercial Club 92256InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Basketball at Commercial Club 92255InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Commercial Club 92399InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$25.00
Dodgeball at Commercial Club 92756InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Flag Football at Commercial Club 92875InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm
$25.00
Flag Football at Commercial Club 92874InstructionSports - FootballAt least 10 but less than 14CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$25.00
Floor Hockey at Commercial Club 110135InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$25.00
Floor Hockey at Commercial Club 92924InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Mighty Fit Family at Commercial Club 110137InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Free
Park Kids - Fall Session at Commercial Club 94039InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom 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 13CoedFrom 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
Play School at Commercial Club 94208InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:45am
$70.00
Play School at Commercial Club 94206InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:45am to Noon
$70.00
Play School at Commercial Club 94207InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 1y 7m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:45am
$70.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Commercial Club 94642InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Free
Soccer at Commercial Club 94558InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Soccer at Commercial Club 110136InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Soccer at Commercial Club 92436InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$40.00
Soccer at Commercial Club 92437InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$40.00
Teen Leadership Club at Commercial Club 94886InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Free

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1845 W. Rice St. 1
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1845 W. Rice St. 2
Community Gardens 1845 W. Rice St. 0
Fieldhouse 1845 W. Rice St. 0
Football / Soccer 1845 W. Rice St. 1
Gymnasiums 1845 W. Rice St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 1845 W. Rice St. 2
Playgrounds 1845 W. Rice St. 0
Water Spray Features 1845 W. Rice St. 1
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.