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 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.

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Berger 94117Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Berger 98448InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2015/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$60.00
Ballet - Beginner at Berger 112910InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 20:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$35.00
Bridge Club at Berger 99183OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Ceramics at Berger 99221InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
$110.00
Ceramics at Berger 99216InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$110.00
Ceramics at Berger 99220InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$110.00
Ceramics at Berger 99217InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$110.00
Ceramics at Berger 99219InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$45.00
Ceramics at Berger 99218InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$45.00
Children's Theater at Berger 99272InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$75.00
Crafting at Berger 112924InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Dance - Modern at Berger 112908InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Dance - Modern at Berger 99392InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/06 20:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$35.00
Dance - Tap at Berger 112909InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:45am
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:45am
$0
Dance - Tap at Berger 99402InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/07 18:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$35.00
Film Club at Berger 99564OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/27 21:30From January 27, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Guitar - Group at Berger 114219InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 60Coed2015/01/07 02:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$99.00
Guitar - Group at Berger 99741InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$99.00
Guitar - Group at Berger 99742InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$99.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 100021InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$100.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 100022InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$100.00
Line Dance at Berger 100307InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2015/01/06 16:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Little Artists at Berger 112901InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Little Artists at Berger 112902InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/08 17:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$25.00
Little Artists at Berger 112906InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 8, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$25.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 100326InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2015/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 100325InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:15From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Mighty Fit Family at Berger 112914InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3m but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$25.00
Mixed Media Arts at Berger 114226InstructionCulture and Arts - Event - Art ExhibitAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 100445InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 15:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 112913InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 100444InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$25.00
Monologue Class at Berger 112922InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Berger 100897InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$144.00
Play School at Berger 101015InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$144.00
Puppetry at Berger 101063InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/08 18:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$40.00
Reading Club at Berger 112920OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Berger 112918OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Show Choir at Berger 112911InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$50.00
Sing-Along at Berger 101393InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Sing-Along at Berger 101392InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$25.00
Storybook Adventures at Berger 101549InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Storytime at Berger 101551InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/07 15:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$25.00
Storytime at Berger 101552InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Teen Leadership Club at Berger 101712InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 101837InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$35.00
Yoga at Berger 114223InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$80.00
Yoga at Berger 114221InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 60Coed2015/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$160.00

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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.