Rainbow Beach Park

  • 3111 E. 77th Street   Chicago, Illinois 60649 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Ryan Morris
  • Park Phone: (773) 363-2225

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.

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

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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 Rainbow Beach 125358OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2015 to December 10, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Basketball at Rainbow Beach 125446InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$6.00
Drop-in at Rainbow Beach 125922InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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
$11.00
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Rainbow Beach 126606InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 3pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Rainbow Beach 126614InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 14Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 3pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Rainbow Beach 127723InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Rainbow Beach 127724InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Skyhawks Wheelchair Basketball at Rainbow Beach 127897InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/10/10 14:00From October 10, 2015 to March 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$0
Teen Club at Rainbow Beach 128207OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Volleyball League at Rainbow Beach 128808Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$51.00

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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.