Commercial Club Playground

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

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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

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Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Commercial Club Spray Pool

Commercial Club Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1845 W. Rice St.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Commercial Club 195313InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Basketball Camp at Commercial Club 195408CampsCamps - SportsAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2017/06/24 19:30From June 24, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$45.00
Basketball Camp at Commercial Club 195409CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2017/06/24 20:30From June 24, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$27.00
Day Camp at Commercial Club 195605CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$200.00
Early Bird Camp at Commercial Club 195737CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$70.00
Extended Camp at Commercial Club 195826CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$70.00
Leadership Camp at Commercial Club 196384CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$200.00
Sports Camp at Commercial Club 197059CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$110.00
T-Ball at Commercial Club 197124InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/06/24 14:00From June 24, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$45.00
T-Ball at Commercial Club 197125InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/24 15:00From June 24, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$45.00

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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.