Riis Park

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

2015 Water Playground Schedule

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.

In Fall 2014 the playground area was updated as park of Chicago Plays! playground renovation. The new signature playground features custom equipment, rubberized soft surfacing, large rubberized soft surfacing play mounds, passive water runnel area, water bottle/bucket filler, natural pathways,trees, and shrubs.

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 Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Park - El Chuzo Inc.

Riis Park - El Chuzo Inc.

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton

Hours:

Phone: (773) 816-3025

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Riis Park - Eloteros Unidos De Riis Park

Riis Park - Eloteros Unidos De Riis Park

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton

Phone: (773)474-2383

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Riis Fieldhouse

Riis Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Hours: ,

Riis Football/Soccer

Riis Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Riis Soccer Fields

Riis Soccer Fields

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Riis Gymnasiums

Riis Gymnasiums

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Notes: 1 Large, 1 Medium

Riis Ice Rink

Riis Ice Rink

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Phone: (312)746-5735

Descriptors: Outdoor

Riis Park Lagoon

Riis Park Lagoon

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Notes: Riis Park Lagoon

Riis Auditorium & Clubrooms

Riis Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Picnic Groves

Riis Picnic Groves

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Playgrounds

Riis PlaygroundsAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Riis Running Track

Riis Running Track

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Tennis Courts

Riis Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Events

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Family Camping at Riis

Location: Riis Park, Chicago, IL  IL

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 Saturday, April 9, 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
Art & ABCs at Riis 140396InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 17:45From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$10.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Riis 140150InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2016/04/30 17:30From April 30, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Ceramics at Riis 142323InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$24.00
Dodgeball at Riis 141978InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Fit & Strong at Riis 140576InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 16:30From March 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$24.00
Homework Time at Riis 140815InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$52.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Riis 140826Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/04/27 21:00From April 27, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Riis 140921InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 16:30From March 28, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$44.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Riis 141113InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Play School at Riis 141419InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 18:30From March 28, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$24.00
Rugby at Riis 141582InstructionSports - Rugby18 and upCoed2016/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Sculpture Open Studio at Riis 141586OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture60 and upCoed2016/03/30 16:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Sculpture Open Studio at Riis 141585OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$10.00
Soccer League at Riis 141857Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$15.00
Stained Glass at Riis 141909InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/03/30 22:45From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$18.00
T-Ball at Riis 141963InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/04/30 15:30From April 30, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$42.00
Teen Club at Riis 139868OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Young Scientist at Riis 142459InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 19:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$18.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Riis 154660CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$357.00
Family Swim at Riis 154783OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Riis 154891Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/05/30 17:00From May 30, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Lap Swim at Riis 154930OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/21 21:45From June 21, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$40.00
Leadership Camp at Riis 154964CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$104.00
Learn to Swim at Riis 155060InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Riis 155062InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 17:15From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Riis 155059InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Riis 155061InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 17:15From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Riis 155136OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/21 16:45From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Riis 155172OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Play Camp at Riis 155246CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$104.00
Sports Camp at Riis 155630CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$99.00
Sports Camp at Riis 155631CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 20:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$174.00
TEAM Sports at Riis 155677InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:45From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Tennis Camp at Riis 155752CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
$0
Youth Swim at Riis 155893OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0

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2015 Water Playground Schedule

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.

In Fall 2014 the playground area was updated as park of Chicago Plays! playground renovation. The new signature playground features custom equipment, rubberized soft surfacing, large rubberized soft surfacing play mounds, passive water runnel area, water bottle/bucket filler, natural pathways,trees, and shrubs.

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!

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.