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

Ice Rink will open Dec.16, dependent on weather.

Notice Valid From: 12/1/2017 - 12/17/2017

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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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 208982InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2018/01/12 20:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$19.00
Basketball - Open at Riis 209109OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2018/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Riis 226531OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2018/01/12 23:45From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$5.00
Basketball at Riis 209182InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2018/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Basketball at Riis 209297InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2018/01/13 17:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$35.00
Ceramics at Riis 209355InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Ceramics at Riis 209356InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2018/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$20.00
Dance - Jazz at Riis 226535InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Riis 210524InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2018/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Drop-in Learn to Skate at Riis 228357PartnershipGroupSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/16 17:45From December 16, 2017 to February 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 13, 2018
$140.00
Gymnastics at Riis 209755InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2018/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Gymnastics at Riis 209756InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2018/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2018 to March 7, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Homework Time at Riis 209782InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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
$56.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 228364OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/25 18:00From December 25, 2017 to December 29, 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 7pm
$0
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 228365OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2018/01/01 18:00From January 1, 2018 to January 5, 2018
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
$0
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 228362OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2018/01/15 18:00January 15, 2018
Monday from Noon to 7pm
$0
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Riis 228363OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2018/02/19 18:00February 19, 2018
Monday from Noon to 7pm
$0
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 228375OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/17 18:00From December 17, 2017 to February 18, 2018
Each Sunday from Noon to 6pm
$0
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 228376OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/13 21:00From December 13, 2017 to February 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
$0
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 228377OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/14 21:00From December 14, 2017 to February 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Thursday, January 4, 2018
$0
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 228378OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/15 19:30From December 15, 2017 to February 16, 2018
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, December 29, 2017
Friday, January 5, 2018
$0
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 228379OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/16 19:00From December 16, 2017 to February 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 5pm
$0
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Riis 228475OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/16 23:30From December 16, 2017 to February 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$0
Kickball at Riis 226536InstructionSports - KickballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$8.00
Kiddie College at Riis 209928InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
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
$47.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Riis 210109InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2018 to March 9, 2018
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Music and Movement at Riis 210393InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 20:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$20.00
Play School at Riis 210372InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 19:30From January 8, 2018 to March 15, 2018
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
$26.00
Pond Hockey at Riis 228390OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/16 16:45From December 16, 2017 to February 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 13, 2018
$7.00
Rat Hockey at Riis 228398OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2017/12/17 16:00From December 17, 2017 to February 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 10am to 11:30am
$10.00
Rat Hockey at Riis 228399OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2017/12/18 00:30From December 17, 2017 to February 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$10.00
Rat Hockey at Riis 228397OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2017/12/14 01:30From December 13, 2017 to February 7, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$7.00
Rat Hockey at Riis 228400OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2017/12/15 01:30From December 14, 2017 to February 8, 2018
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$10.00
Sculpture Open Studio at Riis 210453OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture60 and upCoed2018/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Riis 210594InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Stained Glass at Riis 210745InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2018/01/10 23:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$21.00
Stick & Puck at Riis 228404OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2017/12/16 16:00From December 16, 2017 to February 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$7.00
Storytime & Crafts at Riis 226537InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$11.00
Team Gymnastics at Riis 210591InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2018/01/08 23:45From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$0
Team Handball at Riis 227758InstructionSports - HandballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2018/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Zumba at Riis 210491InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00

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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.