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 Center

Location Notes: 1833 E. 71st

Notes: M-F, 7-8:45pm; Sa, 9-4:30pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

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 Playground

Location Notes: 1833 E. 71st

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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
POST Adult Swim at Don Nash 131003OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/25 00:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Don Nash 131004OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/29 01:00From August 28, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
POST Lap Swim at Don Nash 131006OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 12:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
POST Open Swim at Don Nash 131015OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/25 22:00From August 25, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
POST Senior Swim at Don Nash 131005OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/24 14:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0
POST Youth Swim at Don Nash 131008OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 22:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Monday from Noon to 5pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 5pm
Each Friday from Noon to 5pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at Don Nash 121164InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/08 23:00From June 8, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Don Nash 127227OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124962InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/14 13:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124963InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124964InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/15 13:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124965InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124970InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124968InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/16 13:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124969InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124966InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/17 13:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124967InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/17 14:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124971InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/17 19:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124960InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/18 13:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 124961InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/18 14:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125057InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125058InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125059InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125060InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125065InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125063InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125064InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125061InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125062InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125066InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/18 00:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125055InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/18 15:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 125056InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/18 17:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Don Nash 125283OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2015/09/18 00:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$48.00
Bitty Basketball at Don Nash 125518InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to Noon
$21.00
Bitty Basketball at Don Nash 146927InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 3, 2015
$21.00
Chair Exercise at Don Nash 125674InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$11.00
Crocheting at Don Nash 147890InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles21 and upCoed2015/09/18 16:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$10.00
Family Swim at Don Nash 125939OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/09/19 00:00From September 18, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at Don Nash 126731OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/14 12:00From September 14, 2015 to December 5, 2015
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 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 126762InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 125067InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 126759InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 126763InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 126760InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 126761InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/09/18 16:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 126758InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Line Dance at Don Nash 126924InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoed2015/09/15 00:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$21.00
Line Dance at Don Nash 126926InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$41.00
Open Swim at Don Nash 146926OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall Session at Don Nash 127329InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 19:30From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$102.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Don Nash 127399Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 19:30From September 8, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$306.00
Pilates at Don Nash 127490InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/14 17:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$31.00
Pilates at Don Nash 127489InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:15From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$61.00
PRE Adult Swim at Don Nash 148508OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/09 00:00From September 8, 2015 to September 11, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
PRE Family Swim at Don Nash 148510OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/12 00:00From September 11, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
PRE Lap Swim at Don Nash 148511OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/09 01:00From September 8, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
PRE Open Swim at Don Nash 148512OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/12 18:00September 12, 2015
Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
PRE Parent and Tot Swim at Don Nash 148514OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/09/12 15:00September 12, 2015
Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
PRE Senior Swim at Don Nash 148517OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/09/08 13:00From September 8, 2015 to September 11, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 11am
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 11am
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 11am
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 8am to 11am
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Don Nash 148516OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 22:00From September 8, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Seasonal Sports at Don Nash 146928InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Don Nash 127841OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm on the 4th week of each month
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Don Nash Cancelled128836InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$61.00
TEAM Sports at Don Nash 128149InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/07 22:00From September 7, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$28.00
Teen Leadership Connection at Don Nash 128245InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$6.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Don Nash 128489InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$32.00
Walking Club at Don Nash 128818OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2015/09/14 12:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 7am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 10am
Each Thursday from 7am to 10am
Each Friday from 7am to 10am
$0
Winter Break Camp at Don Nash 128857CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/12/21 14:00From December 21, 2015 to January 1, 2016
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
$51.00
Youth Swim at Don Nash 127229OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 17:15From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0

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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.