Riis Park

  • 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60639 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Keith Hammerberg
  • Phone: (312) 746-5363

Located within the Belmont/Cragin community Riis Park totals 56 acres and features a field house with a gymnasium and an assembly hall with stage plus other multi-purpose rooms.Outdoors, the park offers a waterpark for the little ones children, a large pool and changing area for everyone, and an ice rink for those who enjoy the winter weather.For those looking to get some exercise take a run/walk around the track plus, you can watch a soccer game on the newly installed artificial soccer field.If tennis or fishing is your game we have 10 courts and a casting pool with pier.

When the weather gets nice Riis Park is the community gathering place for families. The park has specified picnic area – available for permitting [see park staff for additional information.]

There is something for everyone at Riis Park. Young park-goers can play basketball, soccer, wrestling, gymnastics, dodge ball, and badminton at the facility.On the cultural side, Riis Park offers arts & crafts, ceramics, acting, and family ceramics. In the summer, youth attend our traditional 6-week day camp…filled with tons of fun.

Adults participate in a range of activities, including co-rec volleyball, basketball, ceramics, and theater [scene study]. Parents gather at Riis Park with their preschoolers for Arts & ABC’s and Tot Spot [we provide the space – you provide the fun].Fun and Games, Play School, Preschool, Story time, are also available for preschool-age residents.

Seniors stay active and healthy by participating in our crazy crafter’s club, ceramics, low impact aerobics, and table fun & games.

In the winter months, Riis Park boasts the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink for skating. This winter, the ice rink will operate (weather permitting) from Thanksgiving weekend (Friday) until February. Call (312) 746-5735  for skate fees, times, and rental information. If it gets a little chilly...no worries we have a toasty warming trailer.

We invite you go come out and check out all that Riis Park has to offer!

History

Teddy Roosevelt once said that Jacob A. Riis came nearer than anyone to being "the ideal American." Riis (1849-1914), a photojournalist and reformer, drew national attention to the plight of the inner-city poor through his expose, How the Other Half Lives. Riis advocated the creation of small playgrounds to provide "breathing spaces" for densely-populated urban neighborhoods. His 1898 speech at Chicago's Hull House inspired local reformers to petition for city playgrounds. By the time the Northwest Park District created Riis Park in 1916, the playground movement Riis had helped to inspire had in turn fueled park-building across the nation. The park district designed Riis Park to provide a broad range of recreational amenities for its developing middle class neighborhood. The park remained essentially undeveloped until 1928, however, when the park district installed a ski jump and golf course, and commissioned locally-prominent architect Walter W. Alschlager to design a fieldhouse. In 1934, Riis Park came under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Park District, which used Works Progress Administration funding for further improvements. Riis Park developed in two distinct halves separated by a steep glacial ridge, a remnant of the shoreline of Lake Chicago. To the east stood the Georgian-revival fieldhouse, surrounded by various other athletic facilities. Respected landscape architect Alfred Caldwell designed the western portion of the park. Caldwell's plan, fully implemented by 1940, incorporated naturalistic plantings; a stone-edged lagoon; shady, enclosed areas; and a broad, sunny meadow.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Riis Baseball Fields

Riis Baseball Fields

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Park - Eloteros Unidos De Riis Park

Riis Park - Eloteros Unidos De Riis Park

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton

Riis Park - Felix Hernandez

Riis Park - Felix Hernandez

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton

Riis Fieldhouse

Riis Fieldhouse

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Football/Soccer

Riis Football/Soccer

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Soccer Fields

Riis Soccer Fields

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Gymnasiums

Riis Gymnasiums

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Notes: 1 Large, 1 Medium

Riis Ice Rink

Riis Ice Rink

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Notes: (312) 746-5735; SCHEDULE: F: 1:30-5 pm open skate; 5:15-6:15 pm rat hockey; 6:30-9 pm family skate, Sa: 10-10:45 am stick & puck; 10:45-11:30 am pond hockey; 11:45 am-12:30 pm learn to skate; 1-4 pm, 6-9 pm open skate, Su: 12-6 pm open skate; 6-7:30 pm rat hockey View fees and more info.

Descriptors: Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink

Riis Park Lagoon

Riis Park Lagoon

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Notes: Riis Park Lagoon

Riis Auditorium & Clubrooms

Riis Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Picnic Groves

Riis Picnic Groves

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Playgrounds

Riis Playgrounds

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Running Track

Riis Running Track

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Tennis Courts

Riis Tennis Courts

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Water Play Area

Riis Water Play Area

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

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 Saturday, August 9, 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
Art & ABCs at Riis 111312InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$16.00
Art & ABCs at Riis 89400InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Arts & Crafts at Riis 89467OpenCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Riis 89537OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$22.00
Basketball at Riis 89642InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$8.00
Basketball League at Riis 111310Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 14MaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 3pm
$50.00
Ceramics at Riis 89777InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Riis 89778InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2:30pm
Free
Family Ceramics at Riis 89942InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Family Ceramics at Riis 89941InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Kiddie College at Riis 111307InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$42.00
Kiddie College at Riis 90399InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$42.00
Open Studio - Sculpture at Riis 90751OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$22.00
Painting at Riis 90784InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Free
Painting at Riis 90786InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Play School at Riis 111308InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Play School at Riis 90913InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Sculpture at Riis 91015InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Seasonal Sports at Riis 91072InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Riis 91073InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Free
Stained Glass at Riis 91321InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Table Games at Riis 91351OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11:15am to 1:15pm
Free
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Riis 91543InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$16.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Riis 111309InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$16.00
Zumba at Riis 91828InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$35.00
Zumba at Riis 91822InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00

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Description

Located within the Belmont/Cragin community Riis Park totals 56 acres and features a field house with a gymnasium and an assembly hall with stage plus other multi-purpose rooms.Outdoors, the park offers a waterpark for the little ones children, a large pool and changing area for everyone, and an ice rink for those who enjoy the winter weather.For those looking to get some exercise take a run/walk around the track plus, you can watch a soccer game on the newly installed artificial soccer field.If tennis or fishing is your game we have 10 courts and a casting pool with pier.

When the weather gets nice Riis Park is the community gathering place for families. The park has specified picnic area – available for permitting [see park staff for additional information.]

There is something for everyone at Riis Park. Young park-goers can play basketball, soccer, wrestling, gymnastics, dodge ball, and badminton at the facility.On the cultural side, Riis Park offers arts & crafts, ceramics, acting, and family ceramics. In the summer, youth attend our traditional 6-week day camp…filled with tons of fun.

Adults participate in a range of activities, including co-rec volleyball, basketball, ceramics, and theater [scene study]. Parents gather at Riis Park with their preschoolers for Arts & ABC’s and Tot Spot [we provide the space – you provide the fun].Fun and Games, Play School, Preschool, Story time, are also available for preschool-age residents.

Seniors stay active and healthy by participating in our crazy crafter’s club, ceramics, low impact aerobics, and table fun & games.

In the winter months, Riis Park boasts the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink for skating. This winter, the ice rink will operate (weather permitting) from Thanksgiving weekend (Friday) until February. Call (312) 746-5735  for skate fees, times, and rental information. If it gets a little chilly...no worries we have a toasty warming trailer.

We invite you go come out and check out all that Riis Park has to offer!

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 2
Concessions Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton 0
Concessions 0
Fieldhouse 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 3
Gymnasiums 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 2 1 Large, 1 Medium
Ice Rinks 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago Blackhawks Ice Rink 1 (312) 746-5735; SCHEDULE: F: 1:30-5 pm open skate; 5:15-6:15 pm rat hockey; 6:30-9 pm family skate, Sa: 10-10:45 am stick & puck; 10:45-11:30 am pond hockey; 11:45 am-12:30 pm learn to skate; 1-4 pm, 6-9 pm open skate, Su: 12-6 pm open skate; 6-7:30 pm rat hockey View fees and more info.
Lagoons and Ponds 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 1 Riis Park Lagoon
Meeting/Event Space 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 5
Picnic Groves 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 6
Playgrounds 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 2
Running Tracks 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 1
Swimming Pools 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 10
Water Playgrounds 6100 W. Fullerton Ave. 0
Teddy Roosevelt once said that Jacob A. Riis came nearer than anyone to being "the ideal American." Riis (1849-1914), a photojournalist and reformer, drew national attention to the plight of the inner-city poor through his expose, How the Other Half Lives. Riis advocated the creation of small playgrounds to provide "breathing spaces" for densely-populated urban neighborhoods. His 1898 speech at Chicago's Hull House inspired local reformers to petition for city playgrounds. By the time the Northwest Park District created Riis Park in 1916, the playground movement Riis had helped to inspire had in turn fueled park-building across the nation. The park district designed Riis Park to provide a broad range of recreational amenities for its developing middle class neighborhood. The park remained essentially undeveloped until 1928, however, when the park district installed a ski jump and golf course, and commissioned locally-prominent architect Walter W. Alschlager to design a fieldhouse. In 1934, Riis Park came under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Park District, which used Works Progress Administration funding for further improvements. Riis Park developed in two distinct halves separated by a steep glacial ridge, a remnant of the shoreline of Lake Chicago. To the east stood the Georgian-revival fieldhouse, surrounded by various other athletic facilities. Respected landscape architect Alfred Caldwell designed the western portion of the park. Caldwell's plan, fully implemented by 1940, incorporated naturalistic plantings; a stone-edged lagoon; shady, enclosed areas; and a broad, sunny meadow.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.