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 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 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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
12" Slow Pitch Softball at Riis 102349Team_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Arts & Crafts at Riis 102535InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$23.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Riis 102599InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2015/05/02 17:30From May 2, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$0
Basketball at Riis 102728InstructionSports - Basketball21 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$23.00
Ceramics at Riis 102821InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Chair Exercise at Riis 102826InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Fit & Strong at Riis 102998InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$23.00
Gymnastics at Riis 103171InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Homework Time at Riis 103224InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 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
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Riis 103240InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/04/28 21:00From April 28, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Riis 103341InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 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
$43.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Riis 103517InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$9.00
Play School at Riis 103863InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 18:30From March 30, 2015 to June 4, 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
$23.00
Rugby at Riis 104795InstructionSports - Rugby18 and upCoed2015/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Sculpture - Open Studio at Riis 103946OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$23.00
Sculpture - Open Studio at Riis 103675OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$23.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Riis 104150Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$17.00
Soccer League at Riis 104151Team_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Stained Glass at Riis 104272InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/04/01 22:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
$17.00
Table Games at Riis 104339OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
T-Ball at Riis 104324InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/05/02 15:30From May 2, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$41.00
Volleyball - Open at Riis 104650OpenSports - VolleyballAnyCoed2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$17.00
Young Scientist at Riis 104778InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 19:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$17.00
Zumba at Galewood 104784InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$26.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Riis 116238CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$340.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Riis 116627Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/05/25 17:00From May 25, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Leadership Camp at Riis 117735CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$102.00
Learn to Swim at Riis 116865InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Riis 116867InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/21 17:15From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Riis 116864InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Riis 116866InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00
Play Camp at Riis 117537CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 14:00From June 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$102.00
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
PRE Youth Swim at Riis 132206OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 18:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 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
Sports Camp at Riis 117663CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$97.00
Sports Camp at Riis 117664CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 20:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$171.00
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
Teen Sports League - Soccer at Riis 117757Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2015/06/30 21:00From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Soccer at Riis 117758Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/30 21:00From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Tennis Camp at Riis 117770CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$0
Walking Club at Riis 117860OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2015/06/23 23:30From June 23, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00

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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.