Commercial Club Playground

  • 1845 W. Rice St.   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Shandrel Starks
  • 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 come to Commercial Club Park to play basketball, seasonal sports and volleyball at the facility. After school 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 is a popular destination for fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as egg hunts, Halloween parties, 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.

Events

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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 at Commercial Club 207070InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 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
$170.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Commercial Club 208774Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to June 15, 2018$510.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Bitty Basketball at Commercial Club 211918InstructionSports - BasketballAt least but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$29.00
Dodgeball at Commercial Club 212308InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Floor Hockey League at Commercial Club 212485Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm
$29.00
Floor Hockey League at Commercial Club 212486Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2018/01/13 20:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$29.00
Mighty Fit Family at Commercial Club 213067InstructionWellness - FitnessAnyCoed2018/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
NERF Soccer at Commercial Club 213243InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$29.00
Park Kids - Winter at Commercial Club 213328InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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 213459InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 1y 7m Coed2018/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:45am
$77.00
Play School at Commercial Club 213460InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2018/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:45am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:45am
$77.00
Play School at Commercial Club 213458InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2018/01/10 16:45From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:45am to Noon
$77.00
Seasonal Sports at Commercial Club 213573InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 23, 2018
$14.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Commercial Club 213670InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Soccer at Commercial Club 213840InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Teen Club at Commercial Club 214114OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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 214368InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2018/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$45.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Commercial Club 214369InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$45.00
Volleyball at Commercial Club 214473InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 17Coed2018/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 23, 2018
$14.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Commercial Club 219255InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
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

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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 come to Commercial Club Park to play basketball, seasonal sports and volleyball at the facility. After school 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 is a popular destination for fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as egg hunts, Halloween parties, 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.