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: 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.

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. 

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 183949Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/09/07 23:30From September 7, 2016 to October 26, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$250.00
Arts & Crafts at Rainey 183943InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 18:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$12.00
Arts & Crafts at Rainey 183944InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 18:45From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$12.00
Basketball at Rainey 162356InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Bingo at Rainey 183945OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$16.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Rainey 162539InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 10Female2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Rainey 162540InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 10 but less than 13Female2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Circuit Training at Rainey 162580InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
Dodgeball at Rainey 162675InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Floor Hockey at Rainey 162850InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/10/28 22:00From October 28, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Football at Rainey 162873InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Fun and Games at Rainey 162012InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$16.00
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 183948InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
Play School at Rainey 163182InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2016/09/12 16:30From September 12, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rainey 163845InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rainey 164366InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Rainey 183941InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Rainey 183940InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Rainey 163982InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Rainey 183939InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Soccer at Rainey 164121InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$16.00
Soccer at Rainey 164118InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
Soccer at Rainey 164119InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$12.00
Storytime at Rainey 183942InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:45From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Rainey 164062InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Rainey 164481InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/12 18:45From September 12, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$16.00
Tot Spot at Rainey 183947OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
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
Woodcraft at Rainey 164695InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$38.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 164693InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 20:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Woodcraft at Rainey 164694InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$38.00

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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.