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 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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
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
Baseball League Partnership 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Dunham 102451InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/03/27 14:00From March 27, 2015 to May 22, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Friday, April 10, 2015
$11.00
Boot Camp at Dunham 104276InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$21.00
Boot Camp at Dunham 104275InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/03 00:45From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$21.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Dunham 103007InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$21.00
Floor Hockey at Dunham 103043InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/27 20:45From March 27, 2015 to April 24, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$6.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 103269InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 103270InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Kiddie College at Dunham 103300InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/23 16:30From March 23, 2015 to May 21, 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, April 6, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
$153.00
Kiddie College at Dunham 103299InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/03/23 13:30From March 23, 2015 to May 21, 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, April 6, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
$102.00
KidzEnergy at Dunham 103355InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 17:45From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Dunham 103603InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/25 14:00From March 25, 2015 to May 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
$16.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Dunham 129563InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 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
$204.00
Play School at Dunham 122214InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/03/27 15:15From March 27, 2015 to May 22, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Friday, April 10, 2015
$11.00
Play School at Dunham 122216InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/27 16:30From March 27, 2015 to May 22, 2015
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, April 10, 2015
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Dunham 104034InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/23 20:45From March 23, 2015 to April 27, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 6, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Dunham 103969InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/24 20:45From March 24, 2015 to April 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
$11.00
Small Group Personal Training at Dunham 104113InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to May 2, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Dunham 104114InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/09 15:00From May 9, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$26.00
Spring Break Camp at Dunham 129208CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2015 to April 10, 2015
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
$36.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 129207OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/03/23 13:30From March 23, 2015 to May 18, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 6, 2015
$11.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 122209OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/03/24 13:30From March 24, 2015 to May 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
$11.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 122210OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/03/25 16:00From March 25, 2015 to May 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
$11.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 122212OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/03/26 13:30From March 26, 2015 to May 21, 2015
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, April 9, 2015
$11.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 104746InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$16.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 104747InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/02 22:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$16.00

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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.