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

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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: Renovated Summer 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

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

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, April 11, 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
16" Softball League at Rainey 139910Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemale2016/05/09 23:45From May 9, 2016 to August 1, 2016
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$450.00
16" Softball League at Rainey 139911Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/10 23:45From May 10, 2016 to August 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$450.00
16" Softball League at Rainey 139912Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2016/05/11 23:45From May 11, 2016 to August 3, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$495.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball Camp at Rainey 154482CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/08/15 18:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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 154508InstructionSports - Baseball18 and upCoed2016/06/11 15:00From June 11, 2016 to September 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Day Camp at Rainey 154659CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$315.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Rainey 155095InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$52.00
Sand Volleyball League at Rainey 155516Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$52.00
Sports Conditioning at Rainey 155644InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 4, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$26.00
Teen Camp at Rainey 155687CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$306.00

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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.