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 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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
Park Kids - Fall at Rainey 203630InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/05 19:45From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 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
$34.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Rainey 203649Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/05 19:45From September 5, 2017 to June 18, 2018$102.00
Winter Break Camp at Rainey 204690CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 13Coed2017/12/27 16:00From December 27, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$21.00
Winter Break Camp at Rainey 204691CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 13Coed2018/01/03 16:00From January 3, 2018 to January 5, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Rainey 208981InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 20:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$14.00
Basketball - 4 on 4 League at Rainey 209241Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2018/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2018 to April 23, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
$350.00
Basketball at Rainey 209181InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 23:45From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Circuit Training at Rainey 209386InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$14.00
Dance - Modern at Rainey 209373InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Dance - Modern at Rainey 209374InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Dodgeball at Rainey 209499InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 20:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$14.00
FFW Preview - Circuit Training at Rainey 228736InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:00January 11, 2018
Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
FFW Preview - Pilates at Rainey 228733InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Rainey 209615InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/12 23:45From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Kiddie College at Rainey 210371InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$23.00
Mighty Munchkins at Rainey 210123InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
$20.00
Park Kids - Winter at Rainey 210294InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 20:45From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
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
$34.00
Pilates at Rainey 208874InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$14.00
Play School at Rainey 211058InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$23.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rainey 210814InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 21:45From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$14.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rainey 210434InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2018/01/10 21:45From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$18.00
Soccer at Rainey 210661InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 23:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Teen Club at Rainey 210888OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Rainey 211028InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 20:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$14.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Rainey 216108InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2018/04/02 19:45From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$34.00

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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.