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 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

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  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, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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 154401PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 154399PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$48.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 154400PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$48.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 154402PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 159230PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 17:15From June 25, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
$48.00
Basketball - Open at River 154469OpenSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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 154567InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/06/28 22:00From June 28, 2016 to August 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$27.00
Day Camp at River 154661CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$357.00
Early Bird Camp at River 154715CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$52.00
Extended Camp at River 154754CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 20:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 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
$173.00
Family Swim at River 154785OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 17:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at River 154931OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 22:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
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 154965CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 13:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$158.00
Learn to Swim at River 155063InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/22 20:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Musical Arts Partner at River 155108PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2016 to July 20, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$48.00
Open Swim at River 155137OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 19:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Open Swim at River 155137OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 19:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Open Swim at River 155137OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 19:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Open Swim at River 155137OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 19:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Open Swim at River 155137OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 19:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at River 155173OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
From June 23, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
From August 18, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at River 155173OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
From June 23, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
From August 18, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at River 155173OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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 Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
From June 23, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
From August 18, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Stretching at River 155650InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/29 00:00From June 28, 2016 to August 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
TEAM Sports at River 155678InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 21:15From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 155756PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/06/23 21:30From June 23, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$48.00
Yoga/Pilates Arts Partner at River 155197PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga16 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$80.00
Youth Swim at River 155894OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/24 19:45From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0

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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.