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 - 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: Artificial Turf

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

Notice Valid From: 12/5/2016 - 12/11/2016

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 Playground - Wrightwood

Riis Playground - Wrightwood (1)

Riis Playgrounds

Riis PlaygroundsAccessible (1)

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

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

Descriptors: Outdoor, Water Playground Attached or Nearby, ADA Lift

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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Silver Skates at Riis

Location: Riis Park, Chicago, IL  60639

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.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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 169315InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 18:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$25.00
Basketball - Open at Riis 169457OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$25.00
Basketball at Riis 169527InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/17 22:00From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$19.00
Basketball at Riis 169528InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/01/14 19:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Riis 169646InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/18 00:00From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$33.00
Ceramics at Riis 169699InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Riis 169701InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/13 23:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$19.00
Drop-in Learn to Skate at Riis 169866PartnershipGroupSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/12/03 17:45From December 3, 2016 to February 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$140.00
Family Skate at Riis 169879OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/11/26 23:30From November 26, 2016 to February 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$11.00
Fit & Strong at Riis 169895InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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 170024InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 18:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Gymnastics at Riis 170108InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$19.00
Gymnastics at Riis 171270InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$19.00
Homework Time at Riis 170172InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$53.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 170176OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/12/26 18:00From December 26, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 7pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 7pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 7pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 7pm
Each Friday from Noon to 7pm
$4.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 170177OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/01/02 18:00From January 2, 2017 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 7pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 7pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 7pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 7pm
Each Friday from Noon to 9pm
$4.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 170174OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/01/16 18:00January 16, 2017
Monday from Noon to 7pm
$4.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 170175OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/02/20 18:00February 20, 2017
Monday from Noon to 7pm
$4.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 170187OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/11/27 18:00From November 27, 2016 to February 19, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 6pm
$4.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 170188OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/11/30 21:00From November 30, 2016 to February 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
$4.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 170189OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/12/01 21:00From December 1, 2016 to February 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Thursday, January 5, 2017
$4.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 170190OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/11/25 19:30From November 25, 2016 to February 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, December 30, 2016
Friday, January 6, 2017
$4.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 170191OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/11/26 19:00From November 26, 2016 to February 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 4, 2017
$4.00
Kiddie College at Riis 170318InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 16, 2017
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
$45.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Riis 170495InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 00:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Play School at Riis 170774InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2017 to March 16, 2017
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
$25.00
Pond Hockey at Riis 170782OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/11/26 16:45From November 26, 2016 to February 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 4, 2017
$7.00
Pre Ballet & Creative Movement at Riis 171409InstructionGymnastics - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 20:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$19.00
Rat Hockey at Riis 170807OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2016/11/27 16:00From November 27, 2016 to February 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to 11:30am
$7.00
Rat Hockey at Riis 188108OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2016/11/28 00:30From November 27, 2016 to February 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$7.00
Rat Hockey at Riis 170806OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2016/12/01 01:30From November 30, 2016 to February 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$7.00
Sculpture Open Studio at Riis 169387OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Riis 170899InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$19.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Riis 170940InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Riis 171022InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/18 23:00From January 18, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$8.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Riis 171018InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/19 00:30From January 18, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$7.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Riis 189709InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$10.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Riis 189710InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$10.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Riis 189711InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$10.00
Stained Glass at Riis 171156InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/01/11 23:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Stick & Puck at Riis 171163OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2016/11/26 16:00From November 26, 2016 to February 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$7.00
Tap & Ballet at Riis 170109InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Teen Leadership Club at Riis 171546InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 23:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$6.00
Tot Spot at Riis 171667OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 7Coed2017/01/11 20:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$6.00

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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.