Riis Park

  • 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60639 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Keith Hammerberg
  • Park 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.

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 - Eloteros Unidos De Riis Park

Riis Park - Eloteros Unidos De Riis Park

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton

Phone: (773)474-2383

Riis Park - Felix Hernandez

Riis Park - Felix Hernandez

Location: 6100 W. Fullerton

Hours:

Phone: (773)331-3266

Riis Fieldhouse

Riis Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Hours: ,

Riis Football/Soccer

Riis Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Soccer Fields

Riis Soccer Fields

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Gymnasiums

Riis Gymnasiums

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Notes: 1 Large, 1 Medium

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 Playgrounds

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Riis Running Track

Riis Running Track

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Park Pool

Riis Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)746-5918

Riis Tennis Courts

Riis Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Riis Water Play Area

Riis Water Play Area

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Events

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Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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 95873InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 18:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Arts & Crafts - Open Studio at Riis 95938OpenCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Riis 96029OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$22.00
Basketball at Riis 96104InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$8.00
Basketball at Riis 96102InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Basketball at Riis 96103InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Bitty Basketball at Riis 96210InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Ceramics at Riis 96258InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Ceramics at Riis 96259InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Ceramics at Riis 96260InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/05 23:45From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$45.00
Ceramics at Riis 96261InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Dodgeball at Riis 97845InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Drawing at Riis 97648InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$22.00
Drop In Learn to Skate at Riis 96956PartnershipGroupSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 17:45From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 31, 2015
$130.00
Family Ceramics at Riis 96440InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Family Ceramics at Riis 96439InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Family Skate at Riis 96446OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 23:30From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$10.00
Fit & Strong at Riis 96494InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Riis 96629InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Gymnastics at Riis 96696InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$16.00
Homework Time at Riis 96752InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$50.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 96770OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/29 18:00From December 29, 2014 to January 1, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 5pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 114162OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2015/01/19 18:00January 19, 2015
Monday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 96769OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/22 18:00From December 22, 2014 to December 24, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 5pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 114163OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2015/02/16 18:00February 16, 2015
Monday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 96763OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/30 18:00From November 30, 2014 to March 1, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 6pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 96764OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 96764OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 96764OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 96765OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/04 21:00From December 4, 2014 to February 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, January 1, 2015
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 96766OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/28 19:30From November 28, 2014 to February 27, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 9pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 96767OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 19:00From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 5pm
$3.00
Kiddie College at Riis 96925InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
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
$42.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Riis 97078InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$8.00
Painting at Riis 97433InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2015/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Painting at Riis 97434InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$16.00
Painting at Riis 97435InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2015/01/08 23:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Play School at Riis 97542InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
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
$22.00
Pond Hockey at Riis 97550OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 16:45From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 31, 2015
$7.00
Rat Hockey at Riis 114055OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2014/11/30 16:00From November 30, 2014 to March 1, 2015
Each Sunday from 10am to 11:30am
$7.00
Rat Hockey at Riis 114036OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2014/12/05 01:30From December 4, 2014 to February 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$7.00
Recreational Tumbling at Riis 97615InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$16.00
Sculpture at Riis 97650InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$16.00
Sculpture at Riis 97651InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Seasonal Sports at Riis 97702InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$16.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Riis 97753InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Riis 97847InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$35.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 League at Riis 97846Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 23:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$5.00
Stained Glass at Riis 97939InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/01/07 23:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Stick & Puck at Riis 97947OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 16:00From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$7.00
Table Games at Riis 97977OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Team Gymnastics at Riis 98010InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Riis 98161InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 20:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$16.00

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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.

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.