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What Is Big City Pickle?

Big City Pickle is one of Chicago’s largest Pickleball organizations with 3 locations and 40 outdoor Pickleball courts. Choose from locations in Gold Coast/Old Town, Fulton Market, or Lincoln Yards, and enjoy Court Rentals, Events, Leagues, Tournaments, Open Play, Instruction, and more.

Who's allowed to play at Big City Pickle?

Anyone can play at Big City Pickle provided you have booked a court rental, registered for a league, class, open play, tournament, or event. All players must register with Big City Pickle and sign the waiver in order to play. Registrations for all rentals and programs are available on a first come/first serve basis.

How can I rent a court?

Renting a court is easy at Simply choose the location, date, and time you want to play and if there is a court available you may book it for 1, 1.5, or 2 hours. If you are looking for a longer duration or multiple courts or time blocks please reach out to us at

How do I join a Pickleball league?

All Pickleball leagues at Big City Pickle locations are managed by Chicago Sport and Social Club, and you can find all available leagues and register at

How do I join pickup play or open play?

All Pickup Play and Open Play offerings are managed by Grab A Game, and registration is available at

How do I book an event?

You may book your event and learn more about the available types of events we offer at

How long can I rent a court?

We offer options for 1, 1.5 and 2 hour rentals.

How many players can I have for a rental?

You may have up to 8 players for a court rental.

What equipment will be provided?

For all play and rentals, we will provide the court and the net. Paddles and balls are not included and may be added for $10 for the court for the hour.

What is the rainout/cancellation policy?

We keep a close eye on the weather and the condition of our outdoor courts. We also have tools to dry the courts after it rains. When possible we’ll notify you 1-2 hours in advance if we are canceling your rental due to weather. There are some times we have to cancel on site due to unexpected conditions. If we feel the courts will be safe to play on by your rental time you won’t hear from us and you can assume it’s game on! 

If your rental is canceled due to a rainout, you will not be charged for your rental.

What’s included with a court rental?

Your rental guarantees your time on the court. Your court will be set up with a net. A Grab A Game / Big City Pickle / Chicago Sport and Social Club representative will ensure your court is accessible at your rental time and the courts are safe to play on. Up to 4 pickleball paddles and balls can be added to your rental for $10 per hour.

How far in advance can I book?

You may book a rental court up to 2 weeks in advance. For special events, multiple court rentals can book earlier by calling (312) 850-8177 or by filling our inquiry form at

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