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

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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 view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Boot Camp at Dunham 193967InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 00:45From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$23.00
Boot Camp at Dunham 193968InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 00:45From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$23.00
Day Camp at Dunham 194064CampsCamps - 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
$364.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 194341InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$23.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 194342InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$23.00
Late Summer Camp at Dunham 194176CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 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
$64.00
Late Summer Camp at Dunham 199041CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
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
$32.00
Play Camp at Dunham 194645CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$182.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 195056InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/20 22:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$18.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 195057InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/22 22:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$18.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Dunham 202210InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$13.00
Basketball League Partnership at Dunham 202505PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/11/07 00:00From November 6, 2017 to February 5, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
$60.00
Basketball League Partnership at Dunham 202506PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/11/08 00:00From November 7, 2017 to February 6, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$60.00
Basketball League Partnership at Dunham 202503PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2017/11/01 23:00From November 1, 2017 to February 7, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$60.00
Basketball League Partnership at Dunham 202504PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/11/02 23:00From November 2, 2017 to February 8, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$60.00
Basketball Skills at Dunham 202512InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 20:45From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$13.00
Boot Camp at Dunham 202837InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:45From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$23.00
Boot Camp at Dunham 202836InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 00:45From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Dunham 202915InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 20:45From September 12, 2017 to November 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$13.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 203188InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$23.00
Kickboxing at Dunham 203187InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$23.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Dunham 203201InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2:30pm
$164.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Dunham 203200InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than Coed2017/09/11 14:30From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$109.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Dunham 203206Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to May 24, 2018$492.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Dunham 208752Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than Coed2017/09/11 14:30From September 11, 2017 to May 23, 2018$327.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Dunham 203478InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to November 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$18.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Dunham 223892InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
$18.00
Recreational Tumbling at Dunham 203779InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 20:45From September 13, 2017 to November 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$13.00
Soccer at Dunham 204047InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:45From September 11, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$13.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 204475OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/09/11 13:30From September 11, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10am
$13.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 204476OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/09/13 13:30From September 13, 2017 to November 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10am
$13.00
Tot Spot at Dunham 204477OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/09/15 13:30From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10am
$13.00
Volleyball at Dunham 204597InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 20:45From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$13.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 204762InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$18.00
Yoga/Pilates at Dunham 204761InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$18.00

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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.