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 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

Location Notes:

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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

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.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
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 104848InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2015/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$51.00
Ballet - Beginner at Berger 105738InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/02 19:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$36.00
Bridge Club at Berger 105515OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Ceramics at Berger 105548InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/04/01 19:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 105545InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 105546InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 105544InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/04/02 22:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$112.00
Ceramics at Berger 105547InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$46.00
Ceramics at Berger 105543InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$46.00
Children's Theater at Berger 105606InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/01 19:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$36.00
Conditioning at Berger 105628InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$0
Dance - Modern at Berger 106758InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$51.00
Dance - Modern at Berger 105726InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/31 19:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$36.00
Dance - Tap at Berger 129307InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:45am
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:45am
$0
Dance - Tap at Berger 105737InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/01 17:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$36.00
Euchre Club at Berger 105809Individual_LeagueSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$11.00
Family Yoga at Berger 129486InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 60Coed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$163.00
Film Club at Berger 129886OpenCulture and Arts - Video60 and upCoed2015/04/07 20:30From April 7, 2015 to May 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Guitar - Group at Berger 129308InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 60Coed2015/04/01 01:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$101.00
Guitar - Group Partnership at Berger 105996InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$99.00
Guitar - Group Partnership at Berger 105997InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$99.00
Improvisation at Berger 129311InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$0
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 106236InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/03/31 19:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$102.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 106237InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$102.00
Line Dance at Berger 106538InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2015/03/31 15:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Little Artists at Berger 129883InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$36.00
Little Artists at Berger 107100InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2015/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$26.00
Little Artists at Berger 107101InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/02 16:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$26.00
Little Artists at Berger 106550InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$26.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 106557InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:15From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 106669InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/03/30 14:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$26.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 106670InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/01 15:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 106671InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$26.00
Monologue Class at Berger 129310InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Berger 106947InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/23 20:00From March 23, 2015 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
$147.00
Play School at Berger 107056InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2015/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$147.00
Puppetry at Berger 129312InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/02 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$36.00
Scrap Booking at Berger 105666InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Berger 107732OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Show Choir at Berger 129309InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$51.00
Sing-Along at Berger 107417InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2015/03/30 15:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Sing-Along at Berger 107418InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/03 14:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$26.00
Storybook Adventures at Berger 107647InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$31.00
Storytime at Berger 107648InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/01 14:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$26.00
Storytime at Berger 107649InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Stroller Fitness at Berger 129349InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6m but less than 60Coed2015/03/31 17:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$6.00
Teen Leadership Club at Berger 107851InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$21.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 107980InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$36.00
Walking Club at Berger 105659OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2015/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Yoga at Berger 129350InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$82.00
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

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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.