Dunham Park

  • 4638 N. Melvina Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60630 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Dan White
  • Park Phone: (773) 685-3257

Tucked away just south of Lawrence Avenue and east of Narragansett Avenue, Dunham Park serves its west Portage Park community residents with a number of athletic and recreational activities and events. Basketball and indoor soccer are two mainstay sports at the park.

For those who enjoy all sports, Dunham Park offers a sports club that provides practice and preparation for regional and citywide athletic tournaments; these may include flag football, wrestling, volleyball, tumbling, and floor hockey. The park also provides an indoor soccer league, instruction in baseball and recreational gymnastics, as well as arts& crafts. Smaller children join in preschool classes, playgroup, or moms, pops and tots classes (which involve parental interaction). .

In the summer, Dunham offers a fun-filled and affordable 6-week day camp and play camp for community children.

The Chicago Park District and Dunham Park are proud to partner with the Dunham Boys Baseball Organization and the Dunham Park Girls Softball Association to provide boys and girls ages 5 – 18 the opportunity to play baseball/softball in some of Chicago’s oldest and finest leagues.

Outdoors, Dunham Park features a senior baseball field, four junior baseball fields, a softball field, two tennis courts, a multi-purpose court, a playground, and a water spray feature.

History

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Robert J. Dunham, President of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners, announced a major new initiative to bring the benefits of parks and recreation to every neighborhood in the city. As part of this effort to create new parks for the first time in many years, a citizens' advisory committee submitted a list of recommended sites in 1948. Among them was a 14-acre site in the rapidly growing Portage Park neighborhood. The park district had to condemn land from reluctant home owners, an issue which even led to protesters filing into a 1945 board meeting. After the entire site was acquired in 1951, the Engineering Department created a plan for the new park. The park district began some improvements in 1953, however all of the houses on the site were not razed until 1958. By the early 1960s, the park included an athletic field, a children's playground, tennis courts, and a comfort station. Finally, in 1976, the district constructed a modern fieldhouse in the park. When the park district's naming committee made its proposals in the early 1950s, they suggested that one of the new parks be named in honor of Robert J. Dunham (1876-1948). Born and raised in Chicago, Dunham was the oldest son of Captain James Sears Dunham, one of the city's leading mariners. Dunham became a prominent Chicago businessman, responsible for organizing the Universal Oil Products Company. He entered public life during the Depression as Chairman of the Illinois Emergency Relief Commission in 1933. The following year, the city's 22 independent park boards were consolidated into the Chicago Park District, and Dunham was appointed its first president, continuing to serve in that capacity through 1945.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Dunham Baseball Field

Dunham Baseball Field

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Dunham Park - Dunham Boys Baseball

Dunham Park - Dunham Boys Baseball

Location: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)372-6526

Dunham Field House

Dunham Field House

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Hours: , ,

Dunham Fitness Center

Dunham Fitness Center

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Notes: M-F, 8:30am-8:30pm; Sa, 10am-4pm; Sign up for a membership

Dunham Gymnasium

Dunham Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Dunham Clubroom

Dunham Clubroom

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Dunham Playground

Dunham PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Dunham Tennis Court

Dunham Tennis Court

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Dunham Spray Pool

Dunham Spray Pool

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Art & ABCs at Dunham 89385InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2014/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 31, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
$10.00
Basketball League Partnership at Dunham 89680Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2014/11/07 23:00From November 7, 2014 to January 30, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$15.00
Basketball League Partnership at Dunham 89681Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2014/11/08 01:00From November 7, 2014 to January 30, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$15.00
Basketball League Partnership at Dunham 89682Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/11/08 16:30From November 8, 2014 to February 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Basketball League Partnership at Dunham 89683Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2014/11/08 19:30From November 8, 2014 to February 14, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$15.00
Competitive Tumbling at Dunham 90304InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 20:45From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Dunham 89963InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Dunham 90363InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 31, 2014
$10.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 90335InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 110538InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Kiddie College at Dunham 90362InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
$150.00
Kiddie College at Dunham 90364InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/15 13:30From September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 8:30am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$100.00
KidZenergy at Dunham 90418InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/20 17:45From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Dunham 90661InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/17 14:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
$15.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Dunham 111421InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 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
$200.00
Play School at Dunham 111413InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2014/09/19 15:15From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$10.00
Play School at Dunham 111419InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Dunham 90952InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 20:45From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Dunham 91032InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 20:45From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
$10.00
Small Group Personal Training at Dunham 91154InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/11/01 15:00From November 1, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$25.00
Step Aerobics at Dunham 91324InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/24 00:45From September 23, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$20.00
Step Aerobics at Dunham 110539InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/19 00:45From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$20.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 111416OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2014/09/15 13:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10am
$10.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 111417OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2014/09/16 13:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 10am
$10.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 91291OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2014/09/17 16:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$10.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 111418OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2014/09/18 13:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 10am
$10.00
Volleyball at Dunham 93054InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$10.00
Winter Break Camp at Dunham 111422CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/22 16:00From December 22, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
$33.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 91793InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 22:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 110540InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/18 22:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
12" FastPitch SoftballLeague Partnership at Dunham 114283PartnershipGroupSports - SoftballAt least 5 but less than 18Female2015/04/04 22:45From April 4, 2015 to July 25, 2015
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9pm to 5am on the next day
$100.00
Art & ABCs at Dunham 95856InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$10.00
Baseball League at Dunham 114887PartnershipGroupSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 18Male2015/04/04 22:45From April 4, 2015 to June 27, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Saturday from 9pm to 5am on the next day
$130.00
Dodgeball at Dunham 98285InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/02/05 21:45From February 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 19, 2015
$5.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Dunham 96504InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Dunham 96887InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 20, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
$5.00
Gymnastics at Dunham 96686InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:45From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 96852InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 96853InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Kiddie College at Dunham 96885InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$150.00
Kiddie College at Dunham 96886InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/05 14:30From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$100.00
KidzEnergy at Dunham 96942InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 18:45From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Dunham 97169InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/07 15:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$15.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Dunham 112792InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$200.00
Play School at Dunham 112790InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/01/09 16:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
$10.00
Play School at Dunham 112791InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Dunham 97669InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/02/04 21:45From February 4, 2015 to March 11, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Dunham 97731InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/02/03 21:00From February 3, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Dunham 97813InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to February 7, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Dunham 97814InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/02/21 16:00From February 21, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$25.00
Step Aerobics at Dunham 97941InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$20.00
Step Aerobics at Dunham 97942InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/01/09 01:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$20.00
Team Gymnastics at Dunham 112793InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/01/07 21:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$0
Tot Spot at Dunham 112784OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 14:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
$10.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 112786OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 14:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$10.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 112787OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/01/07 17:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$10.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 112789OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/01/08 14:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$10.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 98396InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 98397InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00

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Tucked away just south of Lawrence Avenue and east of Narragansett Avenue, Dunham Park serves its west Portage Park community residents with a number of athletic and recreational activities and events. Basketball and indoor soccer are two mainstay sports at the park.

For those who enjoy all sports, Dunham Park offers a sports club that provides practice and preparation for regional and citywide athletic tournaments; these may include flag football, wrestling, volleyball, tumbling, and floor hockey. The park also provides an indoor soccer league, instruction in baseball and recreational gymnastics, as well as arts& crafts. Smaller children join in preschool classes, playgroup, or moms, pops and tots classes (which involve parental interaction). .

In the summer, Dunham offers a fun-filled and affordable 6-week day camp and play camp for community children.

The Chicago Park District and Dunham Park are proud to partner with the Dunham Boys Baseball Organization and the Dunham Park Girls Softball Association to provide boys and girls ages 5 – 18 the opportunity to play baseball/softball in some of Chicago’s oldest and finest leagues.

Outdoors, Dunham Park features a senior baseball field, four junior baseball fields, a softball field, two tennis courts, a multi-purpose court, a playground, and a water spray feature.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, Robert J. Dunham, President of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners, announced a major new initiative to bring the benefits of parks and recreation to every neighborhood in the city. As part of this effort to create new parks for the first time in many years, a citizens' advisory committee submitted a list of recommended sites in 1948. Among them was a 14-acre site in the rapidly growing Portage Park neighborhood. The park district had to condemn land from reluctant home owners, an issue which even led to protesters filing into a 1945 board meeting. After the entire site was acquired in 1951, the Engineering Department created a plan for the new park. The park district began some improvements in 1953, however all of the houses on the site were not razed until 1958. By the early 1960s, the park included an athletic field, a children's playground, tennis courts, and a comfort station. Finally, in 1976, the district constructed a modern fieldhouse in the park. When the park district's naming committee made its proposals in the early 1950s, they suggested that one of the new parks be named in honor of Robert J. Dunham (1876-1948). Born and raised in Chicago, Dunham was the oldest son of Captain James Sears Dunham, one of the city's leading mariners. Dunham became a prominent Chicago businessman, responsible for organizing the Universal Oil Products Company. He entered public life during the Depression as Chairman of the Illinois Emergency Relief Commission in 1933. The following year, the city's 22 independent park boards were consolidated into the Chicago Park District, and Dunham was appointed its first president, continuing to serve in that capacity through 1945.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.