Don Nash Community Center

  • 1833 E. 71st St.   Chicago, Illinois 60649 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Rochelle Portee-White
  • Park Phone: (773) 256-0904

Located in the South Shore community, Don Nash Community Center totals .88 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, indoor pool, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, aquatics, Pilates, yoga, seasonal sports, senior activities, Line Dancing. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Swim Camp.

In addition to programs, Don Nash Community Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

History

The Chicago Park District purchased the Don Nash Community Center, a former YMCA, in 1991. At the time, the surrounding South Shore community suffered from a severe shortage of recreational facilities. The area parks included neither gymnasiums nor swimming pools. The former YMCA offered both a central location in the community and approximately 35,000 square feet of space, nearly twice that of the average modern Chicago park fieldhouse. After purchasing the property, the park district extensively remodeled the building, which had been constructed by the YMCA in the 1940s. Using funds from the Government Assistance Project of the Chicago Community Trust, the park district also developed wide-ranging programming for the site. Today, Don Nash Community Center, with its gymnasium, swimming pool, kitchen, and club rooms, is popular gathering place for South Shore residents. Donald Jordan Nash (1935-1992), for whom the park is named, joined the Coca Cola Company in 1962 as a route helper, rising through the ranks to become the company's first African-American to serve as Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs. A native Chicagoan, Nash demonstrated a great commitment to children in Chicago Park District programs, volunteering as a mentor and teacher in his spare time.

Parking/Directions

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

Don Nash Fieldhouse

Don Nash Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1833 E. 71st

Hours: , ,

Don Nash  Fitness Center

Don Nash Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

M-F, 7-8:45pm;

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Don Nash Gymnasium

Don Nash Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1833 E. 71st

Don Nash Clubrooms

Don Nash Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1833 E. 71st

Don Nash  Playground

Don Nash PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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 Don Nash 167347Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to June 16, 2017$312.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Lap Swim at Don Nash 173471OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 13:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
$40.00
Park Kids - Winter at Don Nash 173996InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
$104.00
Senior Citizens Club at Don Nash 174398OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/02/28 17:30From February 28, 2017 to March 28, 2017
Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm on the 4th week of each month
$0
TEAM Sports at Don Nash 174737InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 20, 2017
$35.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Don Nash 178170OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 192331InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 178310InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 192332InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 16:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 192328InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 17:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 192326InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 16:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 192330InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 192329InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/08 14:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 178215InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 13:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 178216InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 13:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 178218InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 13:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 178217InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 13:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178220InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178302InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178308InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178221InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178303InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178309InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178314InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 19:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178223InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 14:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178305InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178306InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178222InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 14:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178304InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178311InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 17:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178313InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 19:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178214InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 13:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178219InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 14:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178301InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 178307InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Don Nash 178550OpenSports - Basketball40 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Don Nash 178549OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$26.00
Basketball Skills at Don Nash 178701InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 19:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$23.00
Bitty Basketball at Don Nash 178765InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/08 15:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to Noon
$24.00
Chair Exercise at Don Nash 192318InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$14.00
Crocheting at Don Nash 192323InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles21 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:15From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$17.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Don Nash 192320InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Don Nash 192321InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Family Swim at Don Nash 179197OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/08 00:00From April 7, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
Lap Swim at Don Nash 179824OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 12:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 179867InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 179872InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 179869InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 179870InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 179866InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/07 16:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 179868InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 16:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 192333InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 17:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Lifeguard Training at Don Nash 193739InstructionAquatics - Specialized15 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Line Dance at Don Nash 190803InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoed2017/04/11 16:00From April 11, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$45.00
Open Swim at Don Nash 180240OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/08 18:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Don Nash 180361InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 19:30From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
$104.00
Play School at Don Nash 192325InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$3.00
Seasonal Sports at Don Nash 192322InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Don Nash 180897OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Spring Break Camp at Don Nash 181161CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 13:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$55.00
TEAM Sports at Don Nash 181340InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Don Nash 181424OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 00:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Don Nash 181443InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Don Nash 181646InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$34.00
Tone Stretch Balance at Don Nash 192319InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:15From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$41.00
Yoga/Pilates at Don Nash 182154InstructionWellness - Yoga25 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$64.00

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Description

Located in the South Shore community, Don Nash Community Center totals .88 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, indoor pool, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, aquatics, Pilates, yoga, seasonal sports, senior activities, Line Dancing. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Swim Camp.

In addition to programs, Don Nash Community Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

The Chicago Park District purchased the Don Nash Community Center, a former YMCA, in 1991. At the time, the surrounding South Shore community suffered from a severe shortage of recreational facilities. The area parks included neither gymnasiums nor swimming pools. The former YMCA offered both a central location in the community and approximately 35,000 square feet of space, nearly twice that of the average modern Chicago park fieldhouse. After purchasing the property, the park district extensively remodeled the building, which had been constructed by the YMCA in the 1940s. Using funds from the Government Assistance Project of the Chicago Community Trust, the park district also developed wide-ranging programming for the site. Today, Don Nash Community Center, with its gymnasium, swimming pool, kitchen, and club rooms, is popular gathering place for South Shore residents. Donald Jordan Nash (1935-1992), for whom the park is named, joined the Coca Cola Company in 1962 as a route helper, rising through the ranks to become the company's first African-American to serve as Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs. A native Chicagoan, Nash demonstrated a great commitment to children in Chicago Park District programs, volunteering as a mentor and teacher in his spare time.

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