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

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A Time of Trumpets

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Location Notes: Playground

Descriptors: Playground Art

Berger Pottery Studio

Berger Pottery Studio

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Berger Park - Waterfront Cafe`

Berger Park - Waterfront Cafe`

Location: 6205 N. Sheridan

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Phone: (773)761-3294

Berger North Mansion Lakeside

Berger North Mansion Lakeside

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

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Notes: North Lakeside Cultural Center

Berger Park CC South Mansion

Berger Park CC South Mansion

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

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Berger Garden

Berger Garden

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

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Notes: Community Garden

Berger Jewelry/Lapidary Studio

Berger Jewelry/Lapidary Studio

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Berger Meeting/Event Space

Berger Meeting/Event Space

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Notes: Clubrooms & Ball Room

Berger Park Coach House

Berger Park Coach House

Location: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Berger Playground

Berger PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.

Events

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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
Art.xiii Camp at Berger 118047CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$122.00
Bridge Club at Berger 118242OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/08/11 17:00From August 11, 2015 to September 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Ceramics at Berger 118262InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/06/17 19:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 118261InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/06/17 22:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 118259InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/06/18 19:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 118260InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/06/18 22:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 132038InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 14:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$46.00
Ceramics at Berger 132039InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$46.00
Dance Camp at Berger 131933CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/08/18 14:00From August 18, 2015 to August 27, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$35.00
Day Camp at Berger 118419CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$180.00
Extended Camp at Berger 118570CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 20:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 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
$147.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 119201InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/06/16 19:00From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$102.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 119202InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$102.00
Leadership Camp at Berger 119466CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 15 but less than 18Coed2015/06/22 14:00From June 22, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$122.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 119704InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2015/08/11 14:15From August 11, 2015 to September 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Play Camp at Berger 131905CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/08/17 14:00From August 17, 2015 to August 28, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$50.00
Theater Camp at Berger 121388CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$255.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Berger 146835InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2015 to November 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$25.00
Ballet - Beginner at Berger 146831InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$36.00
Ballet - Beginner at Berger 125211InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 19:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$36.00
Bridge Club at Berger 125630OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Ceramics at Berger 125655InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/23 19:00From September 23, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 125650InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/16 22:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 125654InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/17 19:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 125651InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/17 22:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 125653InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$46.00
Ceramics at Berger 125652InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$46.00
Chess at Berger 146841OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2015 to November 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Children's Theater at Berger 125716InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 19:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$36.00
Creative Drama at Berger 146825InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater60 and upCoed2015/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$0
Dance - Tap at Berger 125841InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2015/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Dance - Tap at Berger 125842InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$36.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Berger 146836InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2015 to November 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$30.00
Guitar - Beginner Partnership at Berger 126231InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 14 but less than 60Coed2015/09/16 01:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$101.00
Guitar - Intermediate Partnership at Berger 126226InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/09/18 22:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$101.00
Guitar - Introduction Partnership at Berger 126227InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$101.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 126588InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$110.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 126589InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$110.00
Little Artists at Berger 146832InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 19:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Berger 126938InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Berger 126939InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/17 18:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Berger 148036InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2015 to November 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 125971InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2015/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 126950InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2015/09/15 14:15From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 127098InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/14 14:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$26.00
Musical at Berger 146823InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$60.00
Musical at Berger 146824InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$60.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Berger 127314InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 19:45From August 24, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$150.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Berger 127426Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 19:45From August 24, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$450.00
Play School at Berger 127507InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$148.00
Puppetry at Berger 127550InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/17 16:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$36.00
Senior Dance at Berger 148082InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2015/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Sing-Along at Berger 127890InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Sing-Along at Berger 127891InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/18 14:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$26.00
Story Telling Workshop at Berger 146830InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater60 and upCoed2015/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Storybook Adventures at Berger 128070InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 15:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$36.00
Storytime at Berger 128075InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/18 15:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Teen Leadership Club at Berger 128222InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/04 19:45From September 4, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$21.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 128432InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 18:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$36.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 125831InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 19:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$36.00
Tot Spot at Berger 148035OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2015 to November 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00

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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.