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

6/17-19 and 8/ 29-9/5 | River Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 5/20/2016 - 9/6/2016

6/20 – 7/4 & 8/13-28 | River Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 5/20/2016 - 8/29/2016

August 31: open swim will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm. September 5: the pool is open 11am-5pm on Labor Day. Please call the pool/water park at 312-742-4466 for a full schedule. September 5: the pool closes for the season at 5pm. Thank you!

Notice Valid From: 8/24/2016 - 9/17/2016

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.

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

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
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
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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at River 162170InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$37.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 162205PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoed2016/09/07 23:00From September 7, 2016 to October 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
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 162201PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/10 15:00From September 10, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$64.00
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 - Beginner Arts Partner at River 162203PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2016/09/10 16:00From September 10, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$64.00
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 162228PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/09/10 17:00From September 10, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$64.00
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 185087OpenSports - Basketball21 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at River 184480OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at River 184481OpenSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at River 185084OpenSports - Basketball21 and upCoed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at River 185086OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball at River 162272InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/19 23:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$12.00
Basketball at River 162359InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/21 23:15From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$12.00
Children's Theater Arts Partner at River 162552PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/07 22:00From September 7, 2016 to October 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$64.00
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
Dance - Hip Hop at River 162619InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$27.00
Fun and Games at River 162916InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$27.00
Kiddie College at River 163185InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$79.00
Kiddie College at River 163186InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 17:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$52.00
Music and Movement at River 163461InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$27.00
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
Park Voyagers at River 185594InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/26 21:00From September 26, 2016 to October 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Park Voyagers at River 185595InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/26 22:00From September 26, 2016 to October 26, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at River 164122InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/20 23:15From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$12.00
Soccer at River 164123InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/22 23:15From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$12.00
Stretching at River 164247InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 164374PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/08 21:30From September 8, 2016 to October 27, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$64.00
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
Tot Spot at River 164507OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$17.00
Yoga/Pilates - Arts Partner at River 164744PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga21 and upCoed2016/09/06 23:00From September 6, 2016 to October 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$80.00
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

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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.