Rainey Park

  • 4350 W. 79th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60652 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Paul Veliotis
  • 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.

Rainey Gymnasium

Rainey Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

Rainey Clubroom

Rainey Clubroom

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

Rainey Playground

Rainey Playground

Location Notes: 4350 W. 79th St.

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

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 2014.

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
16" Softball League at Rainey 89317Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 10pm
$450.00
16" Softball League at Rainey 89315Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 10pm
$450.00
16" Softball League at Rainey 89316Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 10pm
$450.00
Basketball at Rainey 89640InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Rainey 89794InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 9FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Rainey 89795InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 15FemaleFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Conditioning at Rainey 89823InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$10.00
Dodgeball at Rainey 89906InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Fun and Games at Rainey 90130InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Fun with Food at Rainey 110325InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$5.00
Kiddie College at Rainey 90398InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$14.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Rainey 90822InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$30.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Rainey 90843Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$90.00
Park Voyagers at Rainey 111279OpenSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 7 but less than 12CoedFrom September 30, 2014 to October 31, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Free
Recreational Tumbling at Rainey 90982InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Rainey 91306InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17MaleFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Free
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Rainey 91185InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 18MaleFrom October 3, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$10.00
Soccer at Rainey 91245InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Storytime at Rainey 110324InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
$5.00
Teen Club at Rainey 91437OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
Free
Teen Leadership Club at Rainey 91448InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$5.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Rainey 91541InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 91762InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$36.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 91760InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
$18.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 91761InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$36.00

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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.