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.

Pottawattomie Village

Pottawattomie Village (1)

Location Notes: Field house auditorium

Descriptors: Indoor, Painting

River Diamonds

River Diamonds

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Basketball

River Basketball

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Boat House

River Boat House

River Park - River Park Paddle

River Park - River Park Paddle

Location: 5100 N. Fransisco Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773) 791-8983

Notes:

http://www.riverparkpaddle.com

Descriptors: Water Recreation

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

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

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 - E

River Playground - EAccessible

Location: 5075 N. Francisco Ave.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

River Playground - W

River Playground - WAccessible

Location: 5100 N. Albany Ave.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

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

Notes: Please note that our locker rooms close at 7:15pm. Thank you.

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Stairs

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.

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
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 185083PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2016/11/02 23:00From November 2, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$70.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 162202PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/11/05 15:00From November 5, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$56.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 162204PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2016/11/05 16:00From November 5, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$56.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 162230PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2016/09/08 23:00From September 8, 2016 to December 22, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 162231PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2016/11/03 23:00From November 3, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$70.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 162229PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/11/05 17:00From November 5, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$56.00
Basketball - Open at River 189223OpenSports - Basketball10 and upCoed2016/12/27 17:00From December 27, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at River 189222OpenSports - Basketball10 and upCoed2017/01/03 17:00From January 3, 2017 to January 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to 4pm
$0
Children's Theater Arts Partner at River 162553PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/11/02 22:00From November 2, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$56.00
Park Kids - Fall at River 163592InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$149.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at River 163614Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$447.00
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 164375PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/11/03 21:30From November 3, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$56.00
Yoga/Pilates - Arts Partner at River 164745PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga21 and upCoed2016/11/01 23:00From November 1, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$70.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at River 169373InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$38.00
Basketball at River 169532InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/01/10 01:30From January 9, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at River 169531InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Basketball at River 169530InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/17 00:15From January 16, 2017 to March 20, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$13.00
Basketball at River 169529InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/01/11 23:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Basketball League at River 169588Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Male2017/01/13 23:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Basketball League Partnership at River Cancelled169598PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$75.00
Children's Theater Arts Partner at River 169730PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/03/01 23:00From March 1, 2017 to April 5, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$48.00
Dance - Hip Hop at River 169783InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Dance- Ballet-Beginner Arts Partner at River 169806PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/03/02 00:00From March 1, 2017 to April 5, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$60.00
Dance- Ballet-Beginner Arts Partner at River 169801PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2017 to February 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$64.00
Dance- Ballet-Beginner Arts Partner at River 169804PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/03/04 16:00From March 4, 2017 to April 8, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$48.00
Dance- Ballet-Beginner Arts Partner at River 169805PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2017/01/21 17:00From January 21, 2017 to February 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$64.00
Dance- Ballet-Intermediate Arts Partner at River 169808PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2017 to February 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Dance- Ballet-Intermediate Arts Partner at River 169810PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/03/03 00:00From March 2, 2017 to April 6, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$60.00
Dance- Ballet-Intermediate Arts Partner at River 169807PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/01/07 18:15From January 7, 2017 to February 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
$64.00
Dance- Ballet-Intermediate Arts Partner at River 169809PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/03/04 18:15From March 4, 2017 to April 8, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
$48.00
Dance- Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 169811PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2017 to February 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$64.00
Dance- Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 169812PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/03/02 22:30From March 2, 2017 to April 6, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$48.00
Fun and Games at River 170025InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 9, 2017
$28.00
Indoor Soccer at River 170216InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/10 23:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$13.00
Kiddie College at River 170319InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 9, 2017
$81.00
Kiddie College at River 170320InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$53.00
Music and Movement at River 170573InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Park Kids - Winter at River 170686InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
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
$149.00
Soccer at River 171071InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Soccer at River 171072InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Stretching at River 171181InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Tot Spot at River 171432OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$18.00
Yoga/Pilates Partnership at River 171649PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga16 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to February 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$82.00
Yoga/Pilates Partnership at River 171650PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga16 and upCoed2017/03/08 00:00From March 7, 2017 to April 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$71.00

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Description

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.