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.

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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

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Dunham Field House

Dunham Field House

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Hours: , ,

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

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Dunham Tennis Court

Dunham Tennis Court

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Dunham Spray Pool

Dunham Spray Pool

Location Notes: 4638 N. Melvina Ave.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Boot Camp at Dunham 154797InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 00:45From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$22.00
Boot Camp at Dunham 154798InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/24 00:45From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$22.00
Boot Camp at Dunham 154796InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/25 16:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$22.00
Day Camp at Dunham 154610CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$347.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 154907InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 154908InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Leadership Camp at Dunham 155698CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$27.00
Play Camp at Dunham 155217CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$173.00
Small Group Personal Training at Dunham 155560InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/30 15:15From July 30, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$27.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 155866InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/21 22:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$17.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 155867InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 22:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$17.00

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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.