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

Don Nash Community Center Pool

Don Nash Community Center PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1833 E. 71st

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773)256-0906

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 22, 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
Adult Swim at Don Nash 155920OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 155971InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/24 00:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 155966InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 13:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 156044InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 14:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Family Swim at Don Nash 156692OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 00:00From June 24, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at Don Nash 156974OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 12:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Don Nash 157005CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/08/22 13:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 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
$52.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 157118InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/25 14:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 157117InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 157114InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Open Swim at Don Nash 157337OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Don Nash 158308InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Youth Swim at Don Nash 158747OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Don Nash 164813OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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 185484InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 184792InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 185485InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 16:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 185486InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Cardio Cycling at Don Nash 185488InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164845InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 13:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164846InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164847InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 13:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 186155InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164853InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164851InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 13:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164852InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 186157InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 13:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164850InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 14:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164854InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164843InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 13:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 164844InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 14:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164940InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164941InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164942InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164943InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164946InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164947InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 17:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 185505InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164944InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164945InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164938InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 164939InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Don Nash 165403InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/24 15:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$15.00
Bitty Basketball at Don Nash 165404InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 19:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$15.00
Chair Exercise at Don Nash 165536InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$12.00
Crocheting at Don Nash 165658InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles21 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Dance - African at Don Nash Cancelled183839InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Dance - African at Don Nash Cancelled183840InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Family Swim at Don Nash 165856OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Group Training at Don Nash 183838InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$60.00
Lap Swim at Don Nash 166701OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 12:00From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
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 166740InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 166735InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 166737InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 166738InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 166739InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/23 16:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 184794InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 166736InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 184793InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Line Dance at Don Nash 166908InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$43.00
Park Kids - Fall at Don Nash 167278InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
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
Pilates at Don Nash 167435InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$64.00
Senior Citizens Club at Don Nash 167910OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/27 16:30From September 27, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm on the 4th week of each month
$0
TEAM Sports at Don Nash 168242InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 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
$28.00
Teen Leadership Connection at Don Nash 168349InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$7.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Don Nash 168614InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Winter Break Camp at Don Nash 169029CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/27 14:00From December 27, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$70.00
Youth Swim at Don Nash 169187OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0

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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.