Claremont Playlot Park is a small playground located in the Near West Community. The 1.04 acre playground was renovated in Fall 2012 as part of the Chicago Plays! program. The playground includes slides, swings and climbing equipment.
Claremont Playlot Park is an active community park. While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out nearby Altgeld Park for programs, recreation, swimming in the outdoor pool, or workout opportunities in the fitness center.
The Chicago Park District purchased this once-vacant lot for park development in 1974. Two years later, at the request of area residents, the park district officially designated the site Claremont Park for nearby Claremont Avenue.
The street takes its name from the Clermont, the first commercially successful steamboat. Designed by inventor, canal engineer, and artist Robert Fulton (1765-1815), the Clermont made its inaugural voyage on August 17, 1807. The steamboat trip up the Hudson River from New York City to Albany, New York took 62 hours.