Lake Shore Park

  • 808 N. Lake Shore Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60611 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Michael Mucci
  • 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.

Parking/Directions

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 Park - Café Michelle

Lake Shore Park - Café Michelle

Location: 808 N. Lake Shore Drive

Hours:

Phone: (630) 540-6704

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

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

Events

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Basketball at Lake Shore 156210InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/19 19:30From June 19, 2016 to August 21, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$52.00
Conditioning at Lake Shore 156320InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 13:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8am to 8:45am
$52.00
Conditioning at Lake Shore 156321InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 13:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 8am to 8:45am
$52.00
Day Camp at Lake Shore 156430CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$573.00
Early Bird Camp at Lake Shore 156548CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$94.00
Extended Camp at Lake Shore 156634CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 20:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$188.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Lake Shore 161740InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 11:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30am to 7:15am
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Lake Shore 157014CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/22 13:30From August 22, 2016 to September 2, 2016
Each Monday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
$208.00
Leadership Camp at Lake Shore 157052CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 13:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
$104.00
Sports Camp at Lake Shore 158232CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 13:30From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm
$104.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 158472CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to July 15, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$67.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 158473CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/07/18 15:00From July 18, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$67.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 158477CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/08/01 15:00From August 1, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$67.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 158474CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 14:00From July 4, 2016 to July 15, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$42.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 158475CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/18 14:00From July 18, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$42.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 158476CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$67.00
Toddler Camp at Lake Shore 157015CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
$42.00
Yoga at Lake Shore 161789InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/22 12:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:30am
$52.00

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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.