River Park

  • 5100 N. Francisco Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60625 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Vera Onate
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7516
- Please note: River Park tennis courts are closed for construction. Tennis Courts in Legion Park are available to use, or visit surrounding parks such as Horner or Welles. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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 Rental

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.

Please note: River Park tennis courts are closed for construction. Tennis Courts in Legion Park are available to use, or visit surrounding parks such as Horner or Welles. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Notice Valid From: 6/7/2017 - 10/14/2017

River Volleyball

River Volleyball

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Water Playground

River Water Playground

Location Notes: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Arts & Crafts at River 202278InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$39.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 202305PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/09/06 23:00From September 6, 2017 to October 25, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 202306PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/11/01 23:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$70.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 202301PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/09/09 15:15From September 9, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$64.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 202302PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/11/04 15:15From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$56.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 202304PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2017/11/04 16:15From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$56.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 202303PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2017/09/09 16:15From September 9, 2017 to October 21, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$64.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 202320PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/09/07 23:00From September 7, 2017 to October 26, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 202321PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2017/11/02 23:00From November 2, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$70.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 202318PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/09 17:00From September 9, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$64.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 202319PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/11/04 17:00From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$56.00
Basketball - Open at River 202367OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at River 202446InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 11, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
$13.00
Basketball at River 202447InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$13.00
Dance - Hip Hop at River 202705InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Fun and Games at River 203002InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017
$28.00
Kiddie College at River 203253InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:30From September 11, 2017 to June 4, 2018
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, October 23, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
$249.00
Kiddie College at River 203254InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/12 17:30From September 12, 2017 to June 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$165.00
Music and Movement at River 203525InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
$28.00
Park Kids - Fall at River 203631InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 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
$156.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at River 208759Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 8, 2018$468.00
Soccer at River 204088InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
$13.00
Soccer at River 204089InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$13.00
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 204357PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2017/09/07 21:30From September 7, 2017 to October 26, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$64.00
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 204358PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2017/11/02 21:30From November 2, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$56.00
Tiny Tot Sports at River 224192InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$25.00
Yoga/Pilates - Arts Partner at River 204759PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga16 and upCoed2017/09/05 23:00From September 5, 2017 to October 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$80.00
Yoga/Pilates - Arts Partner at River 204760PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga16 and upCoed2017/10/31 23:00From October 31, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$70.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at River 210295InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
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
$156.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at River 216109InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 26, 2018
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
$156.00

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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.