Rainbow Beach Park

  • 3111 E. 77th Street   Chicago, Illinois 60649 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • 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.

Events

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
Day Camp at Rainbow Beach 195672CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$195.00
Early Bird Camp at Rainbow Beach 195787CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$28.00
Early Bird Camp at Rainbow Beach 195786CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$28.00
Extended Camp at Rainbow Beach 195870CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$28.00
Extended Camp at Rainbow Beach 195871CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$28.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Rainbow Beach 196252Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/05/23 21:30From May 23, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Rainbow Beach 196275InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/05/24 21:00From May 24, 2017 to August 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Rainbow Beach 196286InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/05/24 21:00From May 24, 2017 to August 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Junior Lifeguards at Rainbow Beach 201616CampsAquatics - SpecializedAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$230.00
Teen Camp at Rainbow Beach 197206CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$190.00
Tennis Camp at Rainbow Beach 197360CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 8am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 8am to Noon
Each Thursday from 8am to Noon
Each Friday from 8am to Noon
$0
Tennis Camp at Rainbow Beach 197361CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 8am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 8am to Noon
Each Thursday from 8am to Noon
Each Friday from 8am to Noon
$0

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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.