River Park

  • 5100 N. Francisco Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60611 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Vera Onate
  • 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.

River Diamonds

River Diamonds

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Basketball

River Basketball

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Dog Friendly Area

River Dog Friendly Area

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Notes: .10 acres, located southeast of fieldhouse. Doggie drinking fountain.

River Fieldhouse

River Fieldhouse

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Football/Soccer

River Football/Soccer

Location: West River

Notes: West River

River Gymnasium

River Gymnasium

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Clubroom

River Clubroom

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Notes: with stage

River Playground

River PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Running Track

River Running Track

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Notes: West River 1/4 mile track

River Tennis Court

River Tennis Court

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Volleyball

River Volleyball

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

River Water Playground

River Water Playground

Location: 5100 N. Francisco Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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 85847PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 85848PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoedFrom June 26, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet Conditioning Arts Partner at River 85845PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 28, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$80.00
Basketball at River 80856InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 16CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
Free
Children's Theater Arts Partner at River 85844PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$64.00
Dance - Hip Hop Arts Partner at River 85843PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance12 and upCoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 28, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$80.00
Dance - Hip Hop Arts Partner at River 81180InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 29, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Dance - Tap at River 81613InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 29, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
Day Camp at River 81004CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$333.00
Early Bird Camp at River 81055CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$50.00
Extended Camp at River 81097CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$167.00
Family Swim at River 87302OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Free
Lap Swim at River 87476OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 5:45pm to 7:15pm
$40.00
Leadership Camp at River 81659CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$152.00
Learn to Swim at River 81347InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Open Swim at River 87305OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 7 but less than 14CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Free
Open Swim at River 87307OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Free
Open Swim at River 87304OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 14 but less than 18CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Free
Parent and Tot Swim at River 87309OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 85833PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$64.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at River 89468InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$35.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 110490PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance14 and upCoedFrom September 4, 2014 to October 23, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 110492PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance14 and upCoedFrom October 30, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 110504PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7CoedFrom November 1, 2014 to December 20, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$64.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 110502PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$64.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 110506PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$64.00
Ballet - Beginner Arts Partner at River 110507PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom November 1, 2014 to December 20, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$64.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 110498PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoedFrom September 4, 2014 to October 23, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 110500PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance16 and upCoedFrom October 30, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 110508PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$64.00
Ballet - Intermediate Arts Partner at River 110509PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom November 1, 2014 to December 20, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$64.00
Ballet Conditioning Arts Partner at River 110483PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance12 and upCoedFrom September 8, 2014 to October 20, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$80.00
Ballet Conditioning Arts Partner at River 110485PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance12 and upCoedFrom October 27, 2014 to December 15, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$80.00
Children's Theater Arts Partner at River 110487PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 15CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to October 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$96.00
Dance - Hip Hop Arts Partner at River 110480PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance14 and upCoedFrom September 8, 2014 to October 20, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$80.00
Dance - Hip Hop Arts Partner at River 110481PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance14 and upCoedFrom October 27, 2014 to December 15, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$80.00
Fun and Games at River 90131InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$25.00
Kiddie College - Fall at River 90347InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$75.00
Kiddie College - Fall at River 90348InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$50.00
Music and Movement at River 90702InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$25.00
Play School at River 90914InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Stretching at River 91340InstructionWellness - Fitness55 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Free
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 110494PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 4, 2014 to October 23, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$64.00
Tiny Tot Dance Arts Partner at River 110496PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom October 30, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$64.00

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 1
Dog Friendly Areas 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 1 .10 acres, located southeast of fieldhouse. Doggie drinking fountain.
Fieldhouse 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 0
Football / Soccer West River 0 West River
Gymnasiums 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 12 with stage
Playgrounds 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 0
Running Tracks 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 1 West River 1/4 mile track
Swimming Pools 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 5
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 1
Water Playgrounds 5100 N. Francisco Ave. 1
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.