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.

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Location Notes: Berger Park Cultural Center

Berger Pottery Studio (in South Mansion)

Berger Pottery Studio (in South Mansion)

Berger Community Garden

Berger Community Garden

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Berger Park - Waterfront Cafe`

Berger Park - Waterfront Cafe`

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Phone: (773)761-3294

Berger North Mansion Lakeside

Berger North Mansion Lakeside

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Notes: Table & chairs available upon request.

Berger Park South Mansion

Berger Park South Mansion

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Notes: Table & chairs available upon request.

Berger Jewelry/Lapidary Studio (in South Mansion)

Berger Jewelry/Lapidary Studio (in South Mansion)

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Berger Ballroom (in South Mansion)

Berger Ballroom (in South Mansion)

Berger Living Room (in South Mansion)

Berger Living Room (in South Mansion)

Berger Park Coach House

Berger Park Coach House

Notes: Table & chairs available upon request. Stage available upon request.

Berger Playground

Berger PlaygroundAccessible

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Berger 136205InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$60.00
Ballet - Beginner at Berger 150353InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$36.00
Ballet - Beginner at Berger 136489InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 20:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$36.00
Bridge Club at Berger 136969OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Ceramics at Berger 137002InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 136997InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 137001InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 136998InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 137000InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$46.00
Ceramics at Berger 136999InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$46.00
Children's Theater at Berger 137063InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 20:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$36.00
Creative Drama at Berger 150365InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater60 and upCoed2016/01/06 15:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$0
Dance - Tap at Berger 137171InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2016/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Dance - Tap at Berger 137172InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$36.00
Drop-in at Berger 150374InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2016/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$29.00
Film Club at Berger 137303OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/26 21:15From January 26, 2016 to March 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6pm
$0
Guitar - Group at Berger 150362InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$101.00
Guitar - Group at Berger 137479InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 60Coed2016/01/06 02:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$101.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 137754InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$110.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 137755InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$110.00
Little Artists at Berger 150358InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 20:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Berger 138056InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Berger 138057InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/07 18:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Berger 150360InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2016/01/08 18:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Berger 138058InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 138072InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2016/01/04 17:30From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 138071InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2016/01/05 15:15From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 138169InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/04 15:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$26.00
Musical at Berger 150368InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$60.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Berger 138357InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 20:45From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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
$150.00
Play School at Berger 138471InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2016/01/04 15:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$148.00
Puppetry at Berger 138522InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$36.00
Senior Dance at Berger 150354InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2016/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Sing-Along at Berger 138836InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/04 16:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Sing-Along at Berger 138835InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/08 15:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$26.00
Story Telling Workshop at Berger 150369InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater60 and upCoed2016/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Storybook Adventures at Berger 139013InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$36.00
Storytime at Berger 139016InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/08 16:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Teen Leadership Club at Berger 139184InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$21.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 139323InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 18:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$36.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 150355InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 20:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$36.00
Tot Spot at Berger 150371OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$20.00

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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.