Rainbow Beach Park

  • 3111 E. 77th Street   Chicago, Illinois 60649 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours: , ,
  • Park Supervisor: Ryan Morris
  • Park Phone: (312) 745-1479

Located in the South Chicago neighborhood, Rainbow Beach and Park totals 60.98 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center and multipurpose rooms. A green feature of the park includes a community garden. Outside, the park offers a beach and comfort station, basketball/ tennis/ handball courts, baseball diamonds, and two playgrounds.Many of these spaces are available for rental including our fields, gymnasium and multipurpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, seasonal sports, arts & crafts, youth and adult fitness classes, Senior Club, Teen Club, cheerleading, and basketball leagues. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Rainbow Beach Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

History

Named for the U.S. Army's 42nd Rainbow Division that fought gallantly in World War I, Rainbow Beach & Park began as two separate municipal beaches. The first was established in 1908 by the Special Parks Commission, a city agency that studied open space needs and created parks, playgrounds, and beaches in densely- populated areas of Chicago. This small site at 79th Street and Lake Michigan was known as Rocky Ledge Beach. The name referred to the area's rocky terrain, and to the manmade limestone ledge that served as a shore promenade and provided protection from shoreline erosion. By 1912, the heavily-used beach had bathrooms and changing rooms. Illuminated by electric lights, the beach remained open until 9:30 p.m. for the benefit of working men and women.

In 1914, the city began efforts to expand the beach, and soon acquired land between 75th Street and Rocky Ledge Beach. The City Council officially named the new site Rainbow Beach in 1918. The smaller, adjacent Rocky Ledge Beach continued operating as a children's beach.

The two beaches were consolidated in 1959, when the Chicago Park District began leasing the site from the city. For many years the park lacked sufficient indoor recreational facilities, so in 1999 a large fieldhouse was constructed. Designed by David Woodhouse Architects, the fieldhouse takes full advantage of Rainbow Beach & Park's breathtaking views of the lakefront and skyline. 

Parking/Directions

Metered parking is available in the lot on site, and another lot nearby.  Get rates and additional information.   

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Summer Vault

Summer Vault

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Rainbow  Baseball

Rainbow Baseball

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Rainbow Basketball

Rainbow Basketball

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th Street (75th St. @ Lake Michigan)

Notes: Distance swimming is available parallel to shore at boat line.

Rainbow Dune Habitat

Rainbow Dune Habitat

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Notes: just southeast of the fieldhouse

Rainbow Fieldhouse

Rainbow Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Hours: , ,

Rainbow Fitness Center

Rainbow Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Rainbow Multipurpose Field

Rainbow Multipurpose Field

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Rainbow Gymnasium

Rainbow Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Rainbow Clubroom

Rainbow Clubroom

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Rainbow Playground

Rainbow PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Chicago Plays! Renovation, Fall 2015

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Rainbow Handball/Racquet ball

Rainbow Handball/Racquet ball

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Rainbow Tennis Court

Rainbow Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Rainbow Volleyball

Rainbow Volleyball

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
Skyhawks WC Basketball Camp at Rainbow Beach 207617CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/12/19 15:00From December 19, 2017 to December 20, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
$0
Skyhawks Wheelchair Basketball at Rainbow Beach 207619InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/10/07 14:00From October 7, 2017 to March 24, 2018
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Rainbow Beach 211796InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$3.00
Basketball at Rainbow Beach 225794InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/02/19 15:30February 19, 2018
Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball at Rainbow Beach 211797InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2018/01/13 18:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$3.00
Basketball Tournament at Rainbow Beach 225791TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Male2018/01/15 15:30January 15, 2018
Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Drop-in at Rainbow Beach 225792InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/02/02 15:30February 2, 2018
Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Drop-in at Rainbow Beach 225793InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2018/02/02 21:30February 2, 2018
Friday from 3:30pm to 7pm
$0
FFW Preview - Fitness Center at Rainbow Beach 228597OpenWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/08 14:30From January 8, 2018 to January 13, 2018
Each Monday from 8:30am to 8:15pm
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 8:15pm
Each Friday from 8:30am to 8:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 4pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Rainbow Beach 212722Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Park Kids at Rainbow 225796InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 7pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Rainbow Beach 213699InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Rainbow 225797InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Volleyball at Rainbow Beach 225795InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Female2018/01/17 00:30From January 16, 2018 to March 27, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$10.00

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Located in the South Chicago neighborhood, Rainbow Beach and Park totals 60.98 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center and multipurpose rooms. A green feature of the park includes a community garden. Outside, the park offers a beach and comfort station, basketball/ tennis/ handball courts, baseball diamonds, and two playgrounds.Many of these spaces are available for rental including our fields, gymnasium and multipurpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, seasonal sports, arts & crafts, youth and adult fitness classes, Senior Club, Teen Club, cheerleading, and basketball leagues. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Rainbow Beach Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

Named for the U.S. Army's 42nd Rainbow Division that fought gallantly in World War I, Rainbow Beach & Park began as two separate municipal beaches. The first was established in 1908 by the Special Parks Commission, a city agency that studied open space needs and created parks, playgrounds, and beaches in densely- populated areas of Chicago. This small site at 79th Street and Lake Michigan was known as Rocky Ledge Beach. The name referred to the area's rocky terrain, and to the manmade limestone ledge that served as a shore promenade and provided protection from shoreline erosion. By 1912, the heavily-used beach had bathrooms and changing rooms. Illuminated by electric lights, the beach remained open until 9:30 p.m. for the benefit of working men and women.

In 1914, the city began efforts to expand the beach, and soon acquired land between 75th Street and Rocky Ledge Beach. The City Council officially named the new site Rainbow Beach in 1918. The smaller, adjacent Rocky Ledge Beach continued operating as a children's beach.

The two beaches were consolidated in 1959, when the Chicago Park District began leasing the site from the city. For many years the park lacked sufficient indoor recreational facilities, so in 1999 a large fieldhouse was constructed. Designed by David Woodhouse Architects, the fieldhouse takes full advantage of Rainbow Beach & Park's breathtaking views of the lakefront and skyline. 

Metered parking is available in the lot on site, and another lot nearby.  Get rates and additional information.   

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.