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 - 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 Ice Rink

Riis Ice Rink

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Phone: (312)746-5735

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 Tennis Courts

Riis Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
Click on the program name links below to register now.

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
Family Swim at Riis 147436OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Family Swim at Riis 147397OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
$0
Lap Swim at Riis 147429OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/16 21:45From June 16, 2015 to September 6, 2015
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
Open Swim at Riis 147571OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/16 16:45From June 16, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$0
Parent And Tot Swim At Riis 147443OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/15 16:00From June 15, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Riis 131182OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 16:00From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Riis 132207OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 18:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Riis 117717InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 20:45From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
$0
Youth Swim at Riis 147411OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 18:30From June 12, 2015 to September 6, 2015
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
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Riis 122338InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$17.00
Art & ABCs at Riis 122339InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 17:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$23.00
Arts & Crafts Open Studio at Riis 122401OpenCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/09/18 18:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Riis 122498OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$23.00
Basketball at Riis 122583InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$9.00
Basketball at Riis 122582InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 21:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Basketball League at Riis 122656Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 14Male2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 3pm
$51.00
Cardio Conditioning at Riis 122728InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to November 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Ceramics at Riis 122737InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$17.00
Ceramics at Riis 122738InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Ceramics at Riis 122739InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/14 22:45From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$26.00
Ceramics at Riis 122740InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture60 and upCoed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2:30pm
$0
Dodgeball at Riis 122868InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Family Ceramics at Riis 122900InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$23.00
Family Ceramics at Riis 122899InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Riis 123048InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 22:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00
Homework Time at Riis 123247InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 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
$51.00
Kiddie College at Riis 123404InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$43.00
Kiddie College at Riis 123405InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$43.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Riis 123589InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$9.00
Painting at Riis 123845InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting60 and upCoed2015/09/17 16:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Painting at Riis 123846InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$17.00
Painting at Riis 123847InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2015/09/17 22:45From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$17.00
Play School at Riis 123986InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/14 18:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$23.00
Play School at Riis 123987InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$23.00
Recreational Tumbling at Riis 124056InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2015 to November 23, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at Riis 124057InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 21:30From September 17, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Rugby at Riis 124098InstructionSports - RugbyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Sculpture at Riis 124102InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$17.00
Sculpture at Riis 124103InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/15 22:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$17.00
Sculpture Open Studio at Riis 123774OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$23.00
Seasonal Sports at Riis 124149InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports60 and upCoed2015/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2015 to November 27, 2015
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
$0
Seasonal Sports at Riis 124150InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2015 to November 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Riis 124148InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 22:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$17.00
Stained Glass at Riis 124396InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/09/16 22:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$17.00
Table Games at Riis 124428OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/09/18 16:15From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 11:15am to 1:15pm
$0
Team Tumbling at Riis 124489InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2015 to November 25, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Riis 124629InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/14 19:30From September 14, 2015 to November 23, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$17.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Riis 124628InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 19:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$17.00
Zumba at Riis 124920InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$36.00

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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.