Rainey Park

  • 4350 W. 79th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60652 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Michelle Drez
  • Park Phone: (773) 284-0696

Located in the Scottsdale/Greater Ashburn Community, Rainey Park totals 14.08 acres and features a gymnasium, woodshop, and a multi-purpose room. A green feature of the park includes a community garden. Outside, the park offers baseball/soccer fields, tennis courts, walking path, and a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our fields.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, Pilates, martial arts, woodcraft, and leagues. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Rainey Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Pumpkin Patch, Turkey Trot and other holiday-themed events.

History

The establishment of Ashburn Flying Field, a World War I pilot training facility and Chicago's first airport, spurred development in Chicago's Ashburn community. By the late 1920s, area residents needed a park to serve their fledgling community. On October 19, 1929, the South Park Commission agreed to purchase a substantial property in Ashburn. Unfortunately, the stock market crashed just a ten days later, and the resulting financial hardships prevented the South Park Commission from improving the site. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park boards were consolidated into the Chicago Park District, and the newly-formed agency took control of the Ashburn property. Park district designers soon developed a preliminary plan for the site, already called Rainey Park for Edward J. Rainey (1905-1911), an influential South Park Commissioner who advocated neighborhood park creation. Though the initial Rainey Park plans were not executed, the property did serve as a temporary nursery. In 1942, when the U.S. Defense Department condemned the northern half of the park for a Chrysler Corporation airplane factory, the park district purchased property to the south. In late 1945, the Chicago Housing Authority leased Rainey Park to provide temporary housing for returning World War II veterans. The lease ended in December, 1956, at which time the park district sold a portion of its land to the Chicago Board of Education for the new Hancock Elementary School. Improvements finally began at Rainey Park in 1959. Park facilities soon included a baseball diamond, tennis and horseshoe courts, and playground equipment. From the beginning, the park and the adjacent school have been jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. Though Hancock School closed for several years in the 1980s, the park district continued to use the building for programs, and the school has since reopened. The school gymnasium doubles as a fieldhouse for Rainey Park.

Parking/Directions

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

Rainey Baseball Fields

Rainey Baseball Fields

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

Rainey Fieldhouse

Rainey Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

Hours: , ,

Rainey Football/Soccer

Rainey Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Rainey Gymnasium

Rainey Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

Rainey Clubroom

Rainey Clubroom

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

Rainey Playground

Rainey PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Chicago Plays! Renovation, Summer 2015,

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Rainey Tennis Courts

Rainey Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

Rainey Sand Volleyball

Rainey Sand Volleyball

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

Rainey Woodcraft

Rainey Woodcraft

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th 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 Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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
Day Camp at Rainey 194112CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/06/26 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
$331.00
Early Bird Camp at Rainey 194822CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/06/26 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
$55.00
Extended Camp at Rainey 194533CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/06/26 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
$55.00
Play Camp at Rainey 193963CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 15:30From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$50.00
Soccer League at Rainey 194870Team_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9:30pm
$300.00
Sports Camp at Rainey 193946CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/08/07 20:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$57.00

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Description

Located in the Scottsdale/Greater Ashburn Community, Rainey Park totals 14.08 acres and features a gymnasium, woodshop, and a multi-purpose room. A green feature of the park includes a community garden. Outside, the park offers baseball/soccer fields, tennis courts, walking path, and a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our fields.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, Pilates, martial arts, woodcraft, and leagues. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Rainey Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Pumpkin Patch, Turkey Trot and other holiday-themed events.

The establishment of Ashburn Flying Field, a World War I pilot training facility and Chicago's first airport, spurred development in Chicago's Ashburn community. By the late 1920s, area residents needed a park to serve their fledgling community. On October 19, 1929, the South Park Commission agreed to purchase a substantial property in Ashburn. Unfortunately, the stock market crashed just a ten days later, and the resulting financial hardships prevented the South Park Commission from improving the site. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park boards were consolidated into the Chicago Park District, and the newly-formed agency took control of the Ashburn property. Park district designers soon developed a preliminary plan for the site, already called Rainey Park for Edward J. Rainey (1905-1911), an influential South Park Commissioner who advocated neighborhood park creation. Though the initial Rainey Park plans were not executed, the property did serve as a temporary nursery. In 1942, when the U.S. Defense Department condemned the northern half of the park for a Chrysler Corporation airplane factory, the park district purchased property to the south. In late 1945, the Chicago Housing Authority leased Rainey Park to provide temporary housing for returning World War II veterans. The lease ended in December, 1956, at which time the park district sold a portion of its land to the Chicago Board of Education for the new Hancock Elementary School. Improvements finally began at Rainey Park in 1959. Park facilities soon included a baseball diamond, tennis and horseshoe courts, and playground equipment. From the beginning, the park and the adjacent school have been jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. Though Hancock School closed for several years in the 1980s, the park district continued to use the building for programs, and the school has since reopened. The school gymnasium doubles as a fieldhouse for Rainey Park.

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