Berger Park Cultural Center

  • 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60660 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Justin "J.D." Ostergaard
  • Park Phone: (773) 761-0376

Located on Sheriden Rd in the Edgewater community, the park overlooks beautiful Lake Michigan. As an early proponent of developing street-end beaches on Chicago's north side, Berger Park Cultural Center has now become a neighborhood icon.

Great for fun learning and excitement, events such as Concerts and Movies in the Park and the Annual Jewelry and Ceramics Show have contributed to the cultural façade of Chicago’s north shore area. Boasting programs that include a variety of cultural programs such as Jewelry Making, Acting, Guitar, Tap, Modern, Flamenco, Senior Line Dance and much more. The Cultural Center is currently home to one of the most popular ceramics program within the Chicago Park District.  Proud partner to some of Chicago's finest arts organizations, Berger offers patrons the unique opportunity to study with 3 Cat Productions, Ultimate School of Guitar and Soul and Duende Flamenco Dance.

For those looking to get a little exercise we offer Low Impact Aerobics and Conditioning. If you have little ones - check out the Play School program and Mom's, Pop's, & Tot's both crazy fun activities. Need something that keeps your children engaged after school?  We have our popular Park Kids program .  We can't forget our seniors...we have Bridge and Senior Craft Club, plus more.

This quaint historic landmark mansion features hardwood floors, original woodwork and antique light fixtures among other charming details--it could be the ideal place for your next special event.

The mansion also boasts a magnificent outdoor space along Lake Michigan with breathtaking  views. Located just minutes from downtown, this unique space offers many opportunities for special event and meeting rentals including three rooms that can be used individually for intimate gatherings or together for functions that can accommodate up to 100 guests.

In July 2005, a new state-of-the-art playground was dedicated. The 8,000-square-foot playground has an ADA-accessible drinking fountain and ADA-accessible equipment. In addition, the new playground features a play area shaped like a pirate ship, new drainage, soft surface tiles and rubber surfacing, new walkways, new concrete curbing, trash cans, benches--including a mosaic art bench--and new landscaping.

History

Berger Park honors Albert E. Berger (1900-1950), a native Chicagoan and Edgewater resident. Berger, who lived with his family in one of the large homes that lined the Sheridan Road before 1950, was a tax consultant and real estate developer, and a member of numerous philanthropic and civic groups. He was also an early proponent of developing street end beaches on Chicago's north side. Such beaches met the summertime recreational needs of Edgewater residents who lived beyond easy reach of the Lincoln Park beaches. By 1937, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation was operating 27 street-end beaches, including one at the end of Edgewater's Granville Avenue, near Berger's home. The city transferred Granville Beach and Park to the Chicago Park District in 1959. By this time, many of Edgewater's fashionable Sheridan Road homes had given way to modern highrises. In an attempt to address the recreational needs of the many apartment dwellers, the city in 1976 constructed a playground along the northern right-of-way of Granville Avenue, leasing it to the park district. Residents of crowded Edgewater needed still more parkland, however, and the park district purchased three additional lakeshore acres from the Viatorian Fathers in 1981. The property included two of the few remaining Sheridan Road mansions, the south one designed by William Carbys Zimmerman and the north one by Myron H. Church. In 1988, the park district rehabilitated the homes, which are now used as a recreational building and a cultural center, respectively. The north mansion's original coach house is now the location of a neighborhood cafe. The south coach house also still stands. Berger Park now offers many activities, including senior aerobics; computer, jewelry making, and writing classes; and theater and music programs for children and adults.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Berger Pottery Studio

Berger Pottery Studio

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Berger Park - Waterfront Cafe`

Berger Park - Waterfront Cafe`

Location: 6205 N. Sheridan

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)761-3294

Berger North Lakeside Cultural Center

Berger North Lakeside Cultural Center

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Notes: North Lakeside Cultural Center

Berger Mansion & Coach House

Berger Mansion & Coach House

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Hours: , ,

Berger Park

Berger Park

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Berger Lapidary Studio

Berger Lapidary Studio

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Berger Meeting/Event Space

Berger Meeting/Event Space

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Notes: Clubrooms & Ball Room

Berger Playground

Berger PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Berger 91841InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Ballet - Beginner at Berger 92715InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$35.00
Bridge Club at Berger 92511OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Free
Bridge Club at Berger 110979OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Ceramics at Berger 92540InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 24, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
$110.00
Ceramics at Berger 92535InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$110.00
Ceramics at Berger 92539InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$110.00
Ceramics at Berger 92536InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$110.00
Ceramics at Berger 92538InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$45.00
Ceramics at Berger 92537InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$45.00
Children's Theater at Berger 92586InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$75.00
Crafting at Berger 110977InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Dance - Modern at Berger 110947InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Dance - Modern at Berger 92697InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$35.00
Dance - Tap at Berger 110968InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:45am
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:45am
Free
Dance - Tap at Berger 92714InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$35.00
Film Club at Berger 92819InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 23, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Free
Fit & Strong at Berger 94493InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Free
Guitar - Intermediate Partnership at Berger 93082InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$99.00
Guitar - Introduction Partnership at Berger 93080InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$99.00
Guitar Partnership - Beginner at Berger 93081InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$99.00
Improvisation at Berger 110971InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Free
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 93405InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$100.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 93406InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$100.00
Line Dance at Berger 110949InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Free
Little Artists at Berger 110951InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Little Artists at Berger 110952InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$25.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 93718InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Free
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 93846InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 110950InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 110972InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 110973InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$25.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Berger 94028InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$144.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Berger 94117Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$432.00
Play School at Berger 94200InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$144.00
Puppetry at Berger 110953InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$40.00
Scene Study at Berger 110970InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Free
Show Choir at Berger 110975InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 15CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Sing-Along at Berger 110946InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Sing-Along at Berger 94511InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$25.00
Storybook Adventures at Berger 94710InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$35.00
Storytime at Berger 94714InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$25.00
Storytime at Berger 110954InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Teen Leadership Club at Berger 94883InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 26, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 95097InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$35.00
Walking Club at Berger 110981OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Free

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Located on Sheriden Rd in the Edgewater community, the park overlooks beautiful Lake Michigan. As an early proponent of developing street-end beaches on Chicago's north side, Berger Park Cultural Center has now become a neighborhood icon.

Great for fun learning and excitement, events such as Concerts and Movies in the Park and the Annual Jewelry and Ceramics Show have contributed to the cultural façade of Chicago’s north shore area. Boasting programs that include a variety of cultural programs such as Jewelry Making, Acting, Guitar, Tap, Modern, Flamenco, Senior Line Dance and much more. The Cultural Center is currently home to one of the most popular ceramics program within the Chicago Park District.  Proud partner to some of Chicago's finest arts organizations, Berger offers patrons the unique opportunity to study with 3 Cat Productions, Ultimate School of Guitar and Soul and Duende Flamenco Dance.

For those looking to get a little exercise we offer Low Impact Aerobics and Conditioning. If you have little ones - check out the Play School program and Mom's, Pop's, & Tot's both crazy fun activities. Need something that keeps your children engaged after school?  We have our popular Park Kids program .  We can't forget our seniors...we have Bridge and Senior Craft Club, plus more.

This quaint historic landmark mansion features hardwood floors, original woodwork and antique light fixtures among other charming details--it could be the ideal place for your next special event.

The mansion also boasts a magnificent outdoor space along Lake Michigan with breathtaking  views. Located just minutes from downtown, this unique space offers many opportunities for special event and meeting rentals including three rooms that can be used individually for intimate gatherings or together for functions that can accommodate up to 100 guests.

In July 2005, a new state-of-the-art playground was dedicated. The 8,000-square-foot playground has an ADA-accessible drinking fountain and ADA-accessible equipment. In addition, the new playground features a play area shaped like a pirate ship, new drainage, soft surface tiles and rubber surfacing, new walkways, new concrete curbing, trash cans, benches--including a mosaic art bench--and new landscaping.

Berger Park honors Albert E. Berger (1900-1950), a native Chicagoan and Edgewater resident. Berger, who lived with his family in one of the large homes that lined the Sheridan Road before 1950, was a tax consultant and real estate developer, and a member of numerous philanthropic and civic groups. He was also an early proponent of developing street end beaches on Chicago's north side. Such beaches met the summertime recreational needs of Edgewater residents who lived beyond easy reach of the Lincoln Park beaches. By 1937, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation was operating 27 street-end beaches, including one at the end of Edgewater's Granville Avenue, near Berger's home. The city transferred Granville Beach and Park to the Chicago Park District in 1959. By this time, many of Edgewater's fashionable Sheridan Road homes had given way to modern highrises. In an attempt to address the recreational needs of the many apartment dwellers, the city in 1976 constructed a playground along the northern right-of-way of Granville Avenue, leasing it to the park district. Residents of crowded Edgewater needed still more parkland, however, and the park district purchased three additional lakeshore acres from the Viatorian Fathers in 1981. The property included two of the few remaining Sheridan Road mansions, the south one designed by William Carbys Zimmerman and the north one by Myron H. Church. In 1988, the park district rehabilitated the homes, which are now used as a recreational building and a cultural center, respectively. The north mansion's original coach house is now the location of a neighborhood cafe. The south coach house also still stands. Berger Park now offers many activities, including senior aerobics; computer, jewelry making, and writing classes; and theater and music programs for children and adults.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.