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 also called Streeterville, Lake Shore Park totals 5.79 acres and offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities for a densely populated community. Amenities include tennis courts, a quarter-mile soft surface running track, softball diamonds and a playground. Inside, the park offers a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center and meeting rooms. Many of these spaces are available for rental for special events. 

Park-goers come to Lake Shore Park to play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the 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 for the whole family, such as concerts, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events.

History

Lake Shore Park was planned for years before development began by 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 Fieldhouse

Lake Shore Fieldhouse

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

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Lake Shore Fitness Center

Lake Shore Fitness CenterAccessible

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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

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

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 195402InstructionSports - Basketball21 and upMale2017/06/25 19:30From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$55.00
Conditioning at Lake Shore 195526InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 13:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 8:45am
$55.00
Conditioning at Lake Shore 195527InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 13:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 8am to 8:45am
$55.00
Day Camp at Lake Shore 195646CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$1,100
Early Bird Camp at Lake Shore 200198CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$130.00
Leadership Camp at Lake Shore 196394CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 4pm
Each Friday from 9am to 4pm
$109.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 197351CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to July 7, 2017
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
$70.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 197352CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/07/10 15:00From July 10, 2017 to July 21, 2017
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
$70.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 197356CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/07/24 15:00From July 24, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$70.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 197353CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to July 7, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$44.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 197354CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/07/10 14:00From July 10, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$44.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 197355CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2017 to July 20, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$70.00
Toddler Camp at Lake Shore 197476CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/06/27 15:30From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
$44.00
Yoga at Lake Shore 200199InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/21 13:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8am to 8:45am
$55.00

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Located in the Near North community also called Streeterville, Lake Shore Park totals 5.79 acres and offers extensive outdoor recreational opportunities for a densely populated community. Amenities include tennis courts, a quarter-mile soft surface running track, softball diamonds and a playground. Inside, the park offers a full-size gymnasium, a fitness center and meeting rooms. Many of these spaces are available for rental for special events. 

Park-goers come to Lake Shore Park to play seasonal sports at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the 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 for the whole family, such as concerts, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks events.

Lake Shore Park was planned for years before development began by 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.