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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 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
Art & ABCs at Rainey 189247InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/29 20:00From November 29, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Rainey 189248OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/11/29 22:30From November 29, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Circuit Training at Rainey 189245InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/11/29 00:00From November 28, 2016 to December 19, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Dodgeball at Rainey 189244InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/11/28 23:00From November 28, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Mighty Munchkins at Rainey 189242InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/28 20:00From November 28, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Rainey 163591InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 19:45From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$32.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Rainey 163613Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 19:45From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$96.00
Pilates at Rainey 189246InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/12/01 00:00From November 30, 2016 to December 21, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Rainey 189243InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 14Female2016/11/28 21:30From November 28, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Tot Spot at Rainey 189241OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/11/28 17:30From November 28, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Rainey 164120CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 13Coed2016/12/27 16:00From December 27, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$20.00
Winter Break Camp at Rainey 164348CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 13Coed2017/01/03 16:00From January 3, 2017 to January 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$20.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Abs & Core at Rainey 186979InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Art & ABCs at Rainey 171069InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$21.00
Basketball at Rainey 169526InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 23:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$13.00
Basketball League at Rainey 169587Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to April 12, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
$330.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Rainey 169720InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 10Female2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Rainey 169721InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 10 but less than 14Female2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Circuit Training at Rainey 169751InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Dodgeball at Rainey 169841InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$13.00
Floor Hockey at Rainey 169968InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 23:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$13.00
Fun and Games at Rainey 171068InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$21.00
Mighty Munchkins at Rainey 171017InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$17.00
Park Kids - Winter at Rainey 170685InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$32.00
Play School at Rainey 170317InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$21.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rainey 170827InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 21:45From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$17.00
Soccer at Rainey 171067InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 23:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$13.00
Tap & Ballet at Rainey 171307InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Teen Club at Rainey 171288OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, March 9, 2017
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Rainey 170939InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$17.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Rainey 171408InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$21.00
Tot Spot at Rainey 171070OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$17.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 171593InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$39.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 171591InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/01/10 21:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
$21.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 171592InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$39.00

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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.