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 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.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at River 176092InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 18:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$38.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 198285PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/05/03 23:00From May 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 198283PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/05/06 15:15From May 6, 2017 to June 24, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$64.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 198284PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2017/05/06 16:15From May 6, 2017 to June 24, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$64.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 198286PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/04/27 23:00From April 27, 2017 to June 15, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 176035PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/05/06 17:20From May 6, 2017 to June 24, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:20pm to 1:30pm
$64.00
Basketball - Open at River 177328OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 00:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7:45pm to 8:45pm
$0
Basketball - Open at River 198288OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball at River 177165InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/04/03 22:45From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Basketball at River 177164InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 23:45From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Basketball at River 177163InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/04/05 22:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$12.00
Children's Theater - Arts Partner at River 198281PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/05/03 22:00From May 3, 2017 to June 21, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$64.00
Dance - Hip Hop Arts Partner at River 176001InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Fun and Games at River 176985InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Kiddie College at River 176498InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$81.00
Kiddie College at River 176499InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$54.00
Music and Movement at River 175977InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 18:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$28.00
Park Kids - Spring at River 176814InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 27, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 10, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
$149.00
Seasonal Sports at River 198289InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/06 22:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports at River 198290InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/04/06 23:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Soccer at River 177649InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/04/04 22:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$13.00
Soccer at River 177648InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 23:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Soccer at River 177650InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/04/05 23:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Stretching Arts Partner at River 177975InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance - Arts Partner at River 198279PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/05/04 21:30From May 4, 2017 to June 22, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$64.00
Tiny Tot Dance - Arts Partner at River 198280PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/05/04 22:20From May 4, 2017 to June 22, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:20pm to 6pm
$64.00
Tot Spot at River 176388OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/04/05 20:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$18.00
Yoga/Pilates - Arts Partner at River 198287PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga16 and upCoed2017/04/25 23:00From April 25, 2017 to June 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$80.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 193865PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2017 to August 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 193863PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/06/24 15:15From June 24, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$48.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 193864PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2017/06/24 16:15From June 24, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$48.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 193866PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 193867PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 17:20From June 24, 2017 to July 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:20pm to 1:30pm
$48.00
Basketball - Open at River 193908OpenSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2017/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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 at River 194025InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Day Camp at River 194114CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$375.00
Early Bird Camp at River 194170CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$55.00
Extended Camp at River 194212CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 20:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 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
$182.00
Family Swim at River 194241OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Lap Swim at River 194361OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/16 22:45From June 16, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 5:45pm to 7pm
$40.00
Leadership Camp at River 194401CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 13:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$166.00
Learn to Swim at River 194506InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/21 20:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at River 198584InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 19:45From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at River 198581InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Musical Arts Partner at River 194545PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2017 to July 26, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$48.00
Parent and Tot Swim at River 194600OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
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
$0
Stretching at River 194828InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2017 to July 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
TEAM Sports at River 194858InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/21 21:15From June 21, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 194942PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2017/06/22 21:30From June 22, 2017 to July 27, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$48.00
Yoga/Pilates Arts Partner at River 195055PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga16 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$80.00

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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.