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.

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 Monday, April 20, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Rainey 90843Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:00From 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Rainey 102386Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemale2015/05/11 23:45From May 11, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$485.00
16" Softball League at Rainey 102387Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/05/12 23:45From May 12, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$536.00
16" Softball League at Rainey 102388Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2015/05/13 23:45From May 13, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$485.00
Basketball at Rainey 102727InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 22:45From April 2, 2015 to May 28, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Rainey 102837InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 9Female2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Rainey 102836InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to May 27, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Conditioning at Rainey 102866InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Rainey 102951InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Rainey 103340InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Rainey 103790InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2015 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
$31.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rainey 103922InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 22:45From April 3, 2015 to May 22, 2015
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Rainey 104051InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Rainey 104050InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Rainey 129490OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$6.00
Soccer at Rainey 104210InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 22:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Soccer at Rainey 104211InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 21:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$11.00
T-Ball at Rainey 104323InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$21.00
Teen Club at Rainey 104405OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
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
$0
Woodcraft at Rainey 104714InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$37.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 104716InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$19.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 104715InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/04/03 00:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$37.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball Camp at Rainey 116080CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/08/10 18:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$0
Beep Baseball (Special Recreation) at Rainey 116096InstructionSports - Baseball18 and upCoed2015/06/06 15:00From June 6, 2015 to August 29, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Day Camp at Rainey 116237CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 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
$300.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Rainey 116900InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$51.00
Sand Volleyball League at Rainey 117564Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$51.00
Sports Conditioning at Rainey 131262InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$25.00
Teen Camp at Rainey 117728CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 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
$300.00

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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.