Rainbow Beach Park

  • 2873 E. 75th St.   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

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

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 Garden

Rainbow Garden

Location Notes: 3111 E. 77th St.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Edible

Rainbow Beach - Bena Marie's

Rainbow Beach - Bena Marie's

Location: 3111 E. 77th St.

Hours:

Phone: (773)656-3659

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 Center

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Notes: M-F, 8-8pm; Sa, 9-4pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Rainbow Multipurpose Field

Rainbow Multipurpose Field

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Rainbow Gymnasium

Rainbow Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Rainbow Clubroom

Rainbow Clubroom

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

Rainbow Playground

Rainbow Playground

Location Notes: 2873 E. 75th St.

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

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Skyhawks Wheelchair Basketball at Rainbow Beach 94514InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2014/10/11 14:00From October 11, 2014 to March 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Rainbow Beach 112412OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$15.00
Basketball at Rainbow Beach 98960InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$5.00
Basketball at Rainbow Beach 98961InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Male2015/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Basketball Tournament at Rainbow Beach 112670TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/01/19 15:00January 19, 2015
Monday from 9am to 5pm
$0
Basketball Tournament at Rainbow Beach 112671TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/02/16 15:00February 16, 2015
Monday from 9am to 5pm
$0
Drop-in at Rainbow Beach 99468InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
$10.00
Inner City Basketball at Rainbow Beach 112413Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Rainbow Beach 101297InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Rainbow Beach 101694OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$5.00
Volleyball League at Rainbow Beach 102181Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/01/17 00:15From January 16, 2015 to April 17, 2015
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
$50.00

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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. 

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