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Prairie Lakes Community Center

Welcome to Prairie Lakes Community Center.

Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker Street.

Entrance to the Community Center.

Entrance to the Theatre.

Prairie Lakes features beautifully designed landscaping.

The state-of-the-art Fitness Center features over 25 different pieces of 

exercise equipment.

The Fitness Center has top of the line fitness equipment.

The indoor walking & jogging track is free for all users. 

Zumba fitness class in the aerobics room.

Men's Basketball Leagues run year-round, in two competitive levels. 

Basketball in the air conditioned gym.

Open Volleyball in the gym.

Prairie Lakes features indoor and outdoor volleyball courts, 

plus racquetball & walleyball courts.

Racquetball Courts.

The theatre is home to Footlighters Theatre Co., Big Noise Theatre Co., Artistry in Motion Dance Co., and the Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band.

Artistry in Motion Dance Company performs in the theatre.

The 298 seat theater features excellent acoustics and perfect sightlines.

The Prairie Lakes Kitchen, perfect for parties, classes, and events.

Prairie Lakes Community Center has a variety of rooms for rent. Read more...

The Native Plant Garden at Prairie Lakes.

The playground in Prairie Lakes Park.

Sand Volleyball Courts.

Outdoor Basketball Courts.

Prairie Lakes Park is home to the District's soccer programs for children ages 4-14.

Prairie Lakes Community Center

Early morning, March 5, 2013.

Photo by Jerry Hug.

Prairie Lakes Community Center

515 E. Thacker Street, Des Plaines  Map and directions.
Front desk: 847-391-5711

Fax: 847-391-5715

Emergency After Hours Phone Number: 847-391-5713

Shelli Sarg, Facilities Manager

Complete seasonal information is in our Program and Events Guide, available online and in our facilities.




Fall-Winter-Spring Hours  September–June

Monday-Thursday: 5:30am-10:30pm
Friday: 5:30am-9:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am-5:00pm


Summer Hours • June–August

Monday-Thursday: 5:30a-9:30p
Friday: 5:30a-8:00p
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00a-5:00p



2015 Holiday Hours

May 25: 7:00a–noon

September 7: 7:00a–noon

November 26: 7:00a–noon

December 24: 5:30a-5:00p

December 25: Closed

December 31: 5:30a-5:00p

January 1: Closed


Prairie Lakes Fitness Center

One of the most popular features of the Community Center is the Prairie Lakes Fitness Center, a state of the art exercise facility. Year-round, we are open early and late, to fit your workout schedule!

The Fitness Center features a wide variety of Cybex strength training equipment, saunas, a whirlpool, locker rooms and much more. Members and daily users can pick up a fresh, warm towel at the front desk, and then enjoy a full body workout in a spacious, positive environment, with high vaulted ceilings and mirrored walls. The center has a Cardio Vision System which includes individual receivers on most of the fitness equipment, so you can listen to programs from your choice of six flat panel TV screens. 

Come in for a tour. We're always happy to show you around!

The indoor walking/jogging track is free!
We have half-mile and three-quarter mile outdoor walking/jogging tracks.

Prairie Lakes Community Center Rentals

For complete room and facility rental information, Click Here.

Contact MaryAnn for additional information. 847-391-5700.

See photos of all Park District rental facilities.

Free Wi-Fi is provided in the Mountain View Rooms and Prairie Lakes Theater.

A deposit is required for all room and kitchen rentals: R: $75/NR: $150

All fees shown are per hour.


Gymnasium Rental
Full Gym: R: $146/ NR: $220
Half Gym: R: $73/ NR: $110


Prairie Lakes Theater Rental
Contact Shelli Sarg, Facilities Manager, 847-391-5711.
Theater Rental Rules (PDF)

NOTE:*An additional $16 per hour charge applies if a room and/or facility rental
exceeds regular Prairie Lakes Community Center hours.