River Park

  • 5100 N. Francisco Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60625 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Vera Onate
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7516

Located at the convergence of the Chicago River and canal, River Park offers a rich wildlife habitat, excellent fishing and a canoe launch. River Park boasts a swimming pool and an interactive water playground in the summer months.

The artificial turf soccer field and running track, as well as a soft-surface playground, draw visitors from around the city. The park also features seven tennis courts and two baseball fields. 

Numerous children head to River Park for its strong Park Kids after-school program. Several programs are held in the park’s large auditorium, which is also available for rental by private groups. Basketball and indoor soccer are two popular programs for both youth and teens. Teens get together for a leadership camp in the summer, and preschoolers gather for play group. Adult programming at River Park includes men's basketball. River Parks Arts Partner is Chicago Dance Medium featuring ballet and modern dance instruction.

History

At 30 acres, River Park is the largest of the six parks established by the River Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Northwest side residents created the River Park District in 1917 to provide recreational opportunities and increase property values in the territory along the Chicago River's North Branch and the North Shore Channel. Almost immediately after its creation, the River Park District began to purchase land north of Argyle Avenue, where the river and the channel separate. Although land acquisition was not completed until 1922, the site opened to the public on July 4, 1920, when the park district dedicated a new flag pole there to neighborhood children. Formal improvements began two years later, with the remodeling of an existing building for fieldhouse use. In 1926, landscape architect and River Park District board member Jacob L. Crane, Jr. developed a plan for River Park. Crane's plan covered nearly 40 acres of land, including approximately ten acres northwest of the fork. (This ten-acre plot was never actually developed as parkland, and now belongs to North Park College.) In 1927, the Chicago Landscape Company implemented a modified version of Crane's plan that included beautiful greenspaces, a foot bridge over the North Branch dam and waterfall, children's playgrounds, athletic fields, and pathways for walking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld designed an impressive brick fieldhouse with a three-story central section and a long wing on either end. Constructed in 1929 to replace the original structure, the fieldhouse included a 300-seat assembly hall and a fully-equipped kitchen. The Chicago Park District installed a new swimming pool in 1948, and a new bath house in 1970. During the fall of 1999, the City of Chicago began constructing a boat launch and river walk along the south side of the North Branch, which the park district will operate once completed.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

River Diamonds

River Diamonds

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Basketball

River Basketball

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Dog Friendly Area

River Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Notes: .10 acres, located southeast of fieldhouse. Doggie drinking fountain.

River Fieldhouse

River Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Hours: , ,

River Football/Soccer

River Football/Soccer

Location Notes: West River

Notes: West River

River Gymnasium

River Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Clubroom

River Clubroom

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Notes: with stage

River Playground

River PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Running Track

River Running Track

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Notes: West River 1/4 mile track

River Park Pool

River Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)742-4466

River Tennis Court

River Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Volleyball

River Volleyball

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Water Playground

River Water Playground

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at River 90844Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 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
$429.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Tap - Arts Partner at River 130276PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/04/27 18:00From April 27, 2015 to June 15, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$60.00
Arts & Crafts at River 102536InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$36.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 102567PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2015/04/29 23:00From April 29, 2015 to June 17, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$80.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 130253PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2015/04/29 23:00From April 29, 2015 to June 17, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$80.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 130270PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2015/05/02 15:00From May 2, 2015 to June 20, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$64.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 102565PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/05/02 15:00From May 2, 2015 to June 20, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$64.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 102566PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2015/05/02 16:00From May 2, 2015 to June 20, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$64.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 130266PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2015/05/02 16:00From May 2, 2015 to June 20, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$64.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 102583PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoed2015/04/30 23:00From April 30, 2015 to June 18, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 130255PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoed2015/04/30 23:00From April 30, 2015 to June 18, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet Conditioning Arts Partner at River 102585PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoed2015/04/28 23:00From April 28, 2015 to June 16, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$80.00
Basketball at River 102729InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Basketball at River 129157InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Basketball at River 102730InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 00:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Basketball at River 102731InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Children's Theater - Arts Partner at River 130272PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/04/29 22:00From April 29, 2015 to June 17, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$64.00
Children's Theater Arts Partner at River 102842PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/29 22:00From April 29, 2015 to June 17, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$64.00
Dance - Hip Hop at River 102901InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$26.00
Indoor Soccer at River 103233InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Kiddie College at River 103342InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 15:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$77.00
Kiddie College at River 103343InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/31 17:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$51.00
Music and Movement at River 103649InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$26.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at River 103791InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 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
$146.00
Rawfootage - Partnership at River 130278PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAnyCoed2015/03/07 18:30From March 7, 2015 to June 20, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Soccer at River 104212InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 23:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Stretching at River 104291InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance - Arts Partner at River 130261PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/04/30 21:30From April 30, 2015 to June 18, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$64.00
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 104428PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/30 21:30From April 30, 2015 to June 18, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$64.00
Tot Spot at River 104537OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$16.00
Track & Field at River 104564InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Volleyball at River 129159InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2015/04/02 00:15From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8:30pm
$0
Yoga/Pilates - Arts Partner at River 130258PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoed2015/04/28 23:00From April 28, 2015 to June 16, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$80.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at River 117388OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 115992PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2015/06/24 23:00From June 24, 2015 to July 29, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$51.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 115990PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/06/27 15:00From June 27, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$39.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 115991PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/06/27 16:00From June 27, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$39.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 115996PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2015/06/25 23:00From June 25, 2015 to July 30, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$51.00
Basketball at River 116055InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 23:00From June 29, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop Arts Partner at River 116148InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2015/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2015 to July 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$26.00
Dance - Tap Arts Partner at River 116150PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2015 to July 27, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$39.00
Day Camp at River 116239CampsCamps - 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
Early Bird Camp at River 116286CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$51.00
Extended Camp at River 116325CampsCamps - General InterestAt 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
$170.00
Family Swim at River 116493OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/13 17:45From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Lap Swim at River 116718OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 22:45From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
From June 18, 2015 to June 25, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$40.00
Lap Swim at River 116718OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 22:45From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
From June 18, 2015 to June 25, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$40.00
Leadership Camp at River 116756CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 13:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
$155.00
Learn to Swim at River 116868InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/17 22:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Musical Arts Partner at River 116134PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/06/24 22:00From June 24, 2015 to July 29, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$39.00
Open Swim at River 131865OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/07 18:00September 7, 2015
Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Monday from 2:45pm to 5pm
$0
Open Swim at River 131863OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/07/04 21:00July 4, 2015
Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at River 117462OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 26, 2015
From June 18, 2015 to June 25, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at River 117462OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, June 26, 2015
From June 18, 2015 to June 25, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Pilates Arts Partner at River 115997PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness16 and upCoed2015/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2015 to July 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$51.00
POST Adult Swim at River 131236OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 22:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Family Swim at River 131237OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/08/24 17:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Lap Swim at River 131239OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/13 22:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
From August 13, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$40.00
POST Lap Swim at River 131239OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/13 22:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
From August 13, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$40.00
POST Open Swim at River 131867OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/10 18:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at River 131240OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/13 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
From August 13, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at River 131240OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/13 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
From August 13, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
POST Teen Swim at River 131241OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/25 19:45From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at River 131238OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/25 19:15From August 25, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
$0
PRE Open Swim at River 117382OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 18:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Stretching at River 117690InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/24 00:00From June 23, 2015 to July 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
TEAM Sports at River 131474InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Teen Swim at River 117379OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 19:45From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 117774PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/06/25 21:30From June 25, 2015 to July 30, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$39.00
Youth Swim at River 131866OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 19:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
$0

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Located at the convergence of the Chicago River and canal, River Park offers a rich wildlife habitat, excellent fishing and a canoe launch. River Park boasts a swimming pool and an interactive water playground in the summer months.

The artificial turf soccer field and running track, as well as a soft-surface playground, draw visitors from around the city. The park also features seven tennis courts and two baseball fields. 

Numerous children head to River Park for its strong Park Kids after-school program. Several programs are held in the park’s large auditorium, which is also available for rental by private groups. Basketball and indoor soccer are two popular programs for both youth and teens. Teens get together for a leadership camp in the summer, and preschoolers gather for play group. Adult programming at River Park includes men's basketball. River Parks Arts Partner is Chicago Dance Medium featuring ballet and modern dance instruction.

At 30 acres, River Park is the largest of the six parks established by the River Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Northwest side residents created the River Park District in 1917 to provide recreational opportunities and increase property values in the territory along the Chicago River's North Branch and the North Shore Channel. Almost immediately after its creation, the River Park District began to purchase land north of Argyle Avenue, where the river and the channel separate. Although land acquisition was not completed until 1922, the site opened to the public on July 4, 1920, when the park district dedicated a new flag pole there to neighborhood children. Formal improvements began two years later, with the remodeling of an existing building for fieldhouse use. In 1926, landscape architect and River Park District board member Jacob L. Crane, Jr. developed a plan for River Park. Crane's plan covered nearly 40 acres of land, including approximately ten acres northwest of the fork. (This ten-acre plot was never actually developed as parkland, and now belongs to North Park College.) In 1927, the Chicago Landscape Company implemented a modified version of Crane's plan that included beautiful greenspaces, a foot bridge over the North Branch dam and waterfall, children's playgrounds, athletic fields, and pathways for walking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld designed an impressive brick fieldhouse with a three-story central section and a long wing on either end. Constructed in 1929 to replace the original structure, the fieldhouse included a 300-seat assembly hall and a fully-equipped kitchen. The Chicago Park District installed a new swimming pool in 1948, and a new bath house in 1970. During the fall of 1999, the City of Chicago began constructing a boat launch and river walk along the south side of the North Branch, which the park district will operate once completed.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.