Lake Shore Park

  • 808 N. Lake Shore Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60611 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Jason.Zaffaroni
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7891

Located in the Near North Community Area also called Streeterville, Lake Shore Park totals [5.79] acres. Amenities include extensive outdoor recreational opportunities in this densely populated community, including tennis courts, a quarter mile soft surface running track, softball diamonds and a playground. Inside it offers a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center and meeting rooms available for rent.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Lake Shore Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies and concerts.

Can you believe Lake Shore Park sits atop what were originally the sand dunes of Lake Michigan? Today, Lake Shore Park offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities in this densely populated community, including tennis courts, a quarter mile soft surface running track, softball diamonds and a playground. Inside we offer a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center and meeting rooms available for rent.

History

Lake Shore Park was planned for years before development beganby the Lincoln Park Commission just before 1900. The Lincoln Park Commission was one of three Chicago park boards created by the Illinois state legislature in 1869. Twenty years later, the legislature gave a section of accumulating duneland north of Chicago Avenue to the park commission. The City of Chicago challenged the commission's ownership, but the matter was resolved in the commission's favor in 1895. Shortly thereafter, plans were drawn for what was initially known as Chicago Avenue Park. In 1897, the commission began stabilizing and expanding the site with landfill, a process that would continue for many years. Landscape improvements began in 1900. In 1907, the Lincoln Park Commission agreed to expand the park by improving city land just west of the park. At the time, the Lincoln Park Commission was a leader in a national movement toward neighborhood parks. The commission's efforts included Seward and Stanton parks, developed during the same period. In 1908, the commission officially named the expanded property Lake Shore Playground, in recognition of its location. A shelter house was erected, and outdoor recreational facilities installed. By 1915, the city had reclaimed its land, transferring it to the State of Illinois for an armory. The commission completely redesigned the remaining parkland in the following years. Demolishing the original shelter house, the commission constructed a new brick fieldhouse. The 1916 fieldhouse sat at the east end of the park, facing Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. A running track, baseball diamond, and tennis courts stretched to the west. The Chicago Park District took control of Lake Shore Park in 1934, when the 22 city park districts were consolidated into a single unified district. In 1963, the park district dismantled the 1916 structure and built yet another fieldhouse on the park's eastern border. The armory to the west was demolished in the 1990s, and Lake Shore Park is now bordered by the stepped terraces of the new Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Josef Paul Kleihues.

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

Lake Shore Softball Diamond

Lake Shore Softball Diamond

Location Notes: 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611

Lake Shore Fieldhouse

Lake Shore Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611

Hours: ,

Lake Shore Fitness Center

Lake Shore Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

Notes:

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

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Lake Shore Gymnasium

Lake Shore Gymnasium

Location Notes: 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611

Lake Shore Clubroom

Lake Shore Clubroom

Location Notes: 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611

Lake Shore Playground

Lake Shore PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Lake Shore Running Track

Lake Shore Running Track

Location Notes: 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611

Lake Shore Tennis Court

Lake Shore Tennis Court

Location Notes: 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Lake Shore 167381Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to June 16, 2017$498.00
Winter Break Camp at Lake Shore 169041CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/26 14:30From December 26, 2016 to December 28, 2016
Each Monday from 8:30am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 5pm
$166.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Lake Shore 187619InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/19 15:00From January 19, 2017 to March 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:45am
$53.00
Arts & Crafts at Lake Shore 187620InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$53.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 172084OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2017/01/15 20:30From January 15, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$53.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 172085OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2017/01/10 18:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$53.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 172083OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 23:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Basketball at Lake Shore 172200InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Checkers Club at Lake Shore 187622OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/20 22:00From January 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$21.00
Conditioning at Lake Shore 187607InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/18 18:00From January 18, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$53.00
Dream Girls Mentoring Program at Lake Shore 187624InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$31.00
Drop-In Camp at Lake Shore 187631CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/16 16:30January 16, 2017
Monday from 10:30am to 4:30pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Lake Shore 187632CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/02/20 16:30February 20, 2017
Monday from 10:30am to 4:30pm
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Lake Shore 189640InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$53.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Lake Shore 189641InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$53.00
Fun and Games at Lake Shore 187625InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$53.00
Gymnastics at Lake Shore 187626InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
$41.00
Little Artists at Lake Shore 187608InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 27, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
$41.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lake Shore 173791InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/18 16:00From January 18, 2017 to March 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
$53.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lake Shore 173792InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/20 16:00From January 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$53.00
Music and Movement at Lake Shore 187609InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 27, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
$41.00
Park Kids - Winter at Lake Shore 174014InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
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
$166.00
Play School at Lake Shore 187610InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/01/17 17:00From January 17, 2017 to March 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$53.00
Recreational Tumbling at Lake Shore 174171InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$53.00
Seasonal Sports at Lake Shore 174277InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$43.00
Soccer at Lake Shore 174529InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Soccer at Lake Shore 189642InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 17:15From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to Noon
$53.00
Teen Club at Lake Shore 187627OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tennis at Lake Shore 175085InstructionSports - TennisAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 21:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$53.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Lake Shore 175108InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$53.00
Tot Spot at Lake Shore 187629OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
$41.00
Volleyball at Lake Shore 187630InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00
Weightlifting at Lake Shore 187611InstructionSports - Weightlifting21 and upCoed2017/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$53.00
Weightlifting at Lake Shore 187612InstructionSports - Weightlifting21 and upCoed2017/01/12 18:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$53.00
Yoga at Lake Shore 189638InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$53.00
Yoga at Lake Shore 189639InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$53.00
You Build It at Lake Shore 187613InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$53.00

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Located in the Near North Community Area also called Streeterville, Lake Shore Park totals [5.79] acres. Amenities include extensive outdoor recreational opportunities in this densely populated community, including tennis courts, a quarter mile soft surface running track, softball diamonds and a playground. Inside it offers a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center and meeting rooms available for rent.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Lake Shore Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies and concerts.

Can you believe Lake Shore Park sits atop what were originally the sand dunes of Lake Michigan? Today, Lake Shore Park offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities in this densely populated community, including tennis courts, a quarter mile soft surface running track, softball diamonds and a playground. Inside we offer a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center and meeting rooms available for rent.

Lake Shore Park was planned for years before development beganby the Lincoln Park Commission just before 1900. The Lincoln Park Commission was one of three Chicago park boards created by the Illinois state legislature in 1869. Twenty years later, the legislature gave a section of accumulating duneland north of Chicago Avenue to the park commission. The City of Chicago challenged the commission's ownership, but the matter was resolved in the commission's favor in 1895. Shortly thereafter, plans were drawn for what was initially known as Chicago Avenue Park. In 1897, the commission began stabilizing and expanding the site with landfill, a process that would continue for many years. Landscape improvements began in 1900. In 1907, the Lincoln Park Commission agreed to expand the park by improving city land just west of the park. At the time, the Lincoln Park Commission was a leader in a national movement toward neighborhood parks. The commission's efforts included Seward and Stanton parks, developed during the same period. In 1908, the commission officially named the expanded property Lake Shore Playground, in recognition of its location. A shelter house was erected, and outdoor recreational facilities installed. By 1915, the city had reclaimed its land, transferring it to the State of Illinois for an armory. The commission completely redesigned the remaining parkland in the following years. Demolishing the original shelter house, the commission constructed a new brick fieldhouse. The 1916 fieldhouse sat at the east end of the park, facing Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan. A running track, baseball diamond, and tennis courts stretched to the west. The Chicago Park District took control of Lake Shore Park in 1934, when the 22 city park districts were consolidated into a single unified district. In 1963, the park district dismantled the 1916 structure and built yet another fieldhouse on the park's eastern border. The armory to the west was demolished in the 1990s, and Lake Shore Park is now bordered by the stepped terraces of the new Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Josef Paul Kleihues.

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