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.

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

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

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

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

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

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
Baseball at Rainbow Beach 142841InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$7.00
Basketball - Open at Rainbow Beach 142939OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/03/28 15:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 30, 2016
$245.00
Basketball - Open at Rainbow Beach 142941OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/04/22 23:30From April 22, 2016 to June 17, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$17.00
Basketball - Open at Rainbow Beach 142940OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$5.00
Basketball Tournament at Rainbow Beach 161699TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15Female2016/05/30 14:00May 30, 2016
Monday from 9am to 5pm
$0
Drop-in at Rainbow Beach 143495InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Rainbow Beach 153145InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Rainbow Beach 153146InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Football at Rainbow Beach 143604InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:30From March 29, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$7.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Rainbow Beach 145103InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at Rainbow Beach 145644OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$7.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Rainbow Beach 159008OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:15pm
$17.00
Day Camp at Rainbow Beach 156455CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$186.00
Early Bird Camp at Rainbow Beach 156567CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$27.00
Early Bird Camp at Rainbow Beach 156566CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$27.00
Extended Camp at Rainbow Beach 156654CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$27.00
Extended Camp at Rainbow Beach 156655CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$27.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Rainbow Beach 156909Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/05/31 21:30From May 31, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Rainbow Beach 156930InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/06/01 21:00From June 1, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Rainbow Beach 156941InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/06/01 21:00From June 1, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Rainbow Beach 156940InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 14Coed2016/06/01 21:00From June 1, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Teen Camp at Rainbow Beach 158359CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$181.00
Tennis Camp at Rainbow Beach 158485CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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 158486CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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.