For me who began her life in Calumet Heights, South Shore was an exciting trip to 71st and South Shore Drive. Here we would visit Bramsons childrens store and Dr. Block, my orthodontist once a week. Famous residents such as Kanya West and Michele Obama began their childhood journey in South Shore of Chicago just […]
Calling all Chicago based artists and organizations
The Chicago Park District invites you to submit your best ideas for the 2018 season of Night Out in the Parks. Accepting 2018 submittals from November 1 through December 11, 2017. Apply Now for 2018 Night Out in the Parks.
Submissions are also being accepted now for the Chicago On Screen Local Film Showcase.
Learn more about Night Out in the Parks, presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Help us make Night Out in the Parks better! Take the Night Out in the Parks Survey
Named for the U.S. Army’s 42nd Rainbow Division that fought gallantly in World War I, Rainbow Beach and 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.
At the time, 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 prevented 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 the Chicago Park District constructed a large field house. Designed by David Woodhouse Architects, the field house takes full advantage of Rainbow Beach and Park’s breathtaking views of the lakefront and skyline.
We are excited to announce the date of or annual PAC and VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENT!
The event will be held on Saturday October 7th 2017 at Northerly Island
Please bring your family!
Food, Games, Canoeing, Music, Entertainment!
Please mark your calendars!
This week, CDOT reps acknowledged the ongoing testing and the planned future implementation of Ventra fare card integrating with the city’s growing Divvy bicycle sharing system. At a Monday luncheon at the City Club of Chicago, CDOT leaders indicated that the city is still working on Ventra integration using the smartphone app, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. In addition […]