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Clarendon Park Community Center Plans

Latest Updates:

The Clarendon Park Community Center renovation is in full swing and the center is scheduled to reopen with programming in March of 2024. See below for information about the renovation including the design plans.


This page will be continuously updated with new information as project developments are announced.

Previous news:


On March 25th, the Chicago Park District presented the latest design for Clarendon Park Improvements. Please submit any comments or questions about the latest designs to by Wednesday, April 14th.

You can watch the full presentation from Alderman Cappleman’s Office, the Chicago Park District, and Booth Hansen by clicking the video below:

You can view a PDF of the plans by clicking here to download CPD Clarendon_Community Meeting Presentation_2021.03.25



On May 20, 2020, City Council voted to approve $6.9 million from the City’s Montrose/Clarendon TIF. The $6.9 million will go toward the funding for the Clarendon Park Community Center Limited Remodel.

The Chicago Park District hosted a community meeting on September 19th, 2019 to present and discuss the finalized designs for the Clarendon Park Community Center Limited Remodel.

The presentation given to the community can be found HERE.

The $4.6 million contributed from the Clarendon/Montrose TIF District, along with additional funding from the Park District, will allow Phase 1 to move forward soon. Funding for Phase 2 will then be raised by the community.

Click HERE for an animated walk-through of the proposed design once both phases are completed.

Clarendon Park Design Ground Floor Plan

Clarendon Park Design Upper Floor Plan

After the Alderman welcomed the group and discussed the context and timeline for community feedback on the project (see below), the Park District presented the design and the estimated budget for both phases of the project. This project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 funding relied on the Clarendon Park TIF to provide $4.6M for immediate repair to a leaking roof that was causing damage to the rest of the building. Phase 1 will also include ADA compliance work, including new ADA toilets in the lobby and interior ramps.


Ald. Cappleman is excited to share the news that the Clarendon Park Community Center will be renovated.

During an extensive process led by the Chicago Park District, the community overwhelmingly supported a limited renovation of the building. The other options presented included a full remodel, which would have included restoring architectural details like decorative towers; a new building on the existing site; and a new building on a new site. The limited renovation will bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, add an elevator, create a new lobby and address ongoing issues such as water leakage. One more community meeting will be held at a time to be announced to show more detailed project plans.

The Park District projected that the limited remodel will cost $22 million. The project is made possible by the passage of the Clarendon/Montrose Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) District, which contributed $4.6 million to the Chicago Park District to use at this site. The Park District will fundraise the remainder of the cost.

Ald. Cappleman will advocate that the renovation be completed in phases for as little impact as possible on park programming, as the community has requested.

Special thanks go to the Clarendon Park Advisory Council, which has shepherded this project along the way. We look forward to a renovated community center that will serve 46th ward residents for decades to come.


The Chicago Park District held a community meeting on Feb. 4, 2019, to unveil four proposed options for the Clarendon Park Community Center, 4501 N. Clarendon. Two of the options were for renovations to the existing building and two were for new construction. One of the new construction options would allow the existing community center to remain open during construction of a community center on an adjacent site. The Park District collected comments from meeting participants.

View the presentation from the Feb. 4 meeting here: Clarendon_FINAL_presentation.

If you’d like to watch a video recording of the meeting, including the presentation, click here.

Proposed options for the Clarendon Park Community Center:

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