Gill Park

  • 825 W. Sheridan Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60613 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Robert Geraghty
  • Phone: (312) 742-7802

Located in the Lakeview community (two blocks south of Irving Park Road, on Sheridan Road slightly west of where Clarendon Avenue and Broadway Street join together), Gill Park sits on slightly more than two acres. The fieldhouse is air conditioned and contains a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, assembly hall (with portable stage), kitchen, and several clubrooms for rental. Outside, the park is equipped with a t-ball field and a playground.

Gill Park is one of the sites for the popular Park Kids after school program for youth—with special programming available on school holidays. Teens can make new friends in Teen Club, as tots can do in Play Group. On the cultural side, the park offers arts & crafts, drawing, and painting.

With Gill Park’s focus on fitness, there’s a large variety of aquatics programs—plus Pilates, yoga, walking club, and gymnastics. Sports include basketball, dodgeball, flag- and NERF-football, kickball, seasonal sports, soccer, softball,and volleyball. During the summer, there’s day camp, sports camp—plus baseball instruction/league.

History

Gill Park honors Lake View resident Joseph L. Gill (1886--1972), a Chicago Park District Commissioner, and local Democratic party leader. Gill served as 46th Ward Democratic Committeeman for more than 60 years. He was chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee from 1950 to 1953, and is said to have engineered Richard J. Daley's first nomination for mayor in 1955. Gill served the public in various capacities, including as controller of the Forest Preserve District beginning in 1919, as Illinois state representative from 1926 to 1930, and as clerk of the Municipal Court for most of the subsequent three decades. In 1960, Mayor Daley appointed Gill to the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. Gill was serving as park district vice president at the time of his death in 1972. Two years before, the park district had decided to establish a recreational facility on West Sheridan Road in the densely-populated Lake View neighborhood. By 1972, the site had been acquired with the help of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and plans had been developed for a multi-story fieldhouse with a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and an assembly hall. Neighbors refer to the impressive structure as the "highrise fieldhouse." The park district installed a new soft surface playground at Gill Park in 1991.

Parking/Directions

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

Gill Diamond

Gill Diamond

Location: 825 W. Sheridan Rd.

Gill Fieldhouse

Gill Fieldhouse

Location: 825 W. Sheridan Rd.

Gill Fitness Center

Gill Fitness Center

Location: 825 W. Sheridan Rd.

Notes: M-F, 6:30am-9:30pm; Sa/Su, 9am-4:30pm; ADA accessible equipment Sign up for a membership

Gill Gymnasium

Gill Gymnasium

Location: 825 W. Sheridan Rd.

Gill Clubrooms

Gill Clubrooms

Location: 825 W. Sheridan Rd.

Gill Playground

Gill PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 825 W. Sheridan Rd.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Lap Swim at Gill 87388OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to September 14, 2014
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 7am to 8:30am
Each Monday from 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:30am
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:30am
Each Friday from 7am to 8:30am
Each Friday from 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:45pm
$40.00
Open Swim at Gill 86704OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Free
Open Swim at Gill 86703OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Free
TEAM Sports at Gill 83366InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Gill 91904InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Gill 91903InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Gill 91980InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$28.00
Arts & Crafts at Gill 92052InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Gill 92050InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Gill 92051InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 1 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Basketball at Gill 92273InstructionSports - Basketball60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Flag Football at Gill 92879InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 11CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Flag Football at Gill 92881InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Flag Football at Gill 92880InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 14CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Gym Wheel - Beginner Partnership at Gill 111644PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$35.00
Gym Wheel - Beginner Partnership at Gill 111645PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$35.00
Gymnastics at Gill 93089InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$7.00
Learn to Swim at Gill 93592InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Gill 93594InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8:30pm to 9:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Gill 93535InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Gill 93593InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Gill 93591InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
NERF Soccer at Gill 93973InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 7CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
NERF Soccer at Gill 93974InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$10.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Gill 94051InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
$140.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Gill 111622Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 6:30pm
$420.00
Pre-Teen Club at Gill 94240OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom September 25, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Gill 94364InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$7.00
Seasonal Sports at Gill 94365InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$7.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Gill 94647InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Gill 94648InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Free
Skateboarding at Gill 92156InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$7.00
TEAM Sports at Gill 94801InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Gill 94803InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Gill 94802InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 8:30pm to 9:30pm
$35.00
Teen Leadership Club at Gill 94889InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8pm
Free
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Gill 95117InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Gill 95118InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Gill 95154InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Gill 95156InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Gill 95155InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Tot Spot at Gill 95266OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
$7.00
Volleyball at Gill 95389InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$7.00
Volleyball at Gill 95390InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$7.00
Walking Club at Gill 95447OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Free

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Description

Located in the Lakeview community (two blocks south of Irving Park Road, on Sheridan Road slightly west of where Clarendon Avenue and Broadway Street join together), Gill Park sits on slightly more than two acres. The fieldhouse is air conditioned and contains a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, assembly hall (with portable stage), kitchen, and several clubrooms for rental. Outside, the park is equipped with a t-ball field and a playground.

Gill Park is one of the sites for the popular Park Kids after school program for youth—with special programming available on school holidays. Teens can make new friends in Teen Club, as tots can do in Play Group. On the cultural side, the park offers arts & crafts, drawing, and painting.

With Gill Park’s focus on fitness, there’s a large variety of aquatics programs—plus Pilates, yoga, walking club, and gymnastics. Sports include basketball, dodgeball, flag- and NERF-football, kickball, seasonal sports, soccer, softball,and volleyball. During the summer, there’s day camp, sports camp—plus baseball instruction/league.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 825 W. Sheridan Rd. 1
Fieldhouse 825 W. Sheridan Rd. 0
Fitness Centers 825 W. Sheridan Rd. 1 M-F, 6:30am-9:30pm; Sa/Su, 9am-4:30pm; ADA accessible equipment Sign up for a membership
Gymnasiums 825 W. Sheridan Rd. 1
Meeting/Event Space 825 W. Sheridan Rd. 8
Playgrounds 825 W. Sheridan Rd. 0
Swimming Pools 825 W. Sheridan Rd. 0
Gill Park honors Lake View resident Joseph L. Gill (1886--1972), a Chicago Park District Commissioner, and local Democratic party leader. Gill served as 46th Ward Democratic Committeeman for more than 60 years. He was chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee from 1950 to 1953, and is said to have engineered Richard J. Daley's first nomination for mayor in 1955. Gill served the public in various capacities, including as controller of the Forest Preserve District beginning in 1919, as Illinois state representative from 1926 to 1930, and as clerk of the Municipal Court for most of the subsequent three decades. In 1960, Mayor Daley appointed Gill to the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. Gill was serving as park district vice president at the time of his death in 1972. Two years before, the park district had decided to establish a recreational facility on West Sheridan Road in the densely-populated Lake View neighborhood. By 1972, the site had been acquired with the help of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and plans had been developed for a multi-story fieldhouse with a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and an assembly hall. Neighbors refer to the impressive structure as the "highrise fieldhouse." The park district installed a new soft surface playground at Gill Park in 1991.

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