Lake Shore Park

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

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

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 Saturday, August 20, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 165183OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/25 19:30From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$52.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 165184OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$52.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 165185OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 22:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Conditioning at Lake Shore 165625InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 13:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 8am to 8:45am
$52.00
Cross Country at Lake Shore 165661InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2016/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Fit & Strong at Lake Shore 165878InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$52.00
Fit & Strong at Lake Shore 165879InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$52.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Lake Shore 185559InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$20.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Lake Shore 185626InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Lake Shore 165982InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Lake Shore 165983InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Little Artists at Lake Shore 184299InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
$52.00
Little Artists at Lake Shore 184304InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$52.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Lake Shore 184307InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$52.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lake Shore 167045InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
$62.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lake Shore 167046InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$62.00
Music and Movement at Lake Shore 167084InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
$52.00
Park Kids - Fall at Lake Shore 167296InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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
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
Play School at Lake Shore 184301InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$52.00
Recreational Tumbling at Lake Shore 167653InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$52.00
Seasonal Sports at Lake Shore 167778InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Seasonal Sports at Lake Shore 167777InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$44.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Lake Shore 184300InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Lake Shore 168694InstructionSports - TennisAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 20:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Lake Shore 168695InstructionSports - TennisAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:15From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:15am to Noon
$52.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Lake Shore 168712InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$52.00
Weightlifting at Lake Shore 169013InstructionSports - Weightlifting21 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$52.00
Weightlifting at Lake Shore 169014InstructionSports - Weightlifting21 and upCoed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$52.00
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
Yoga at Lake Shore 185557InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$20.00
Yoga at Lake Shore 185627InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$20.00
You Build It at Lake Shore 184302InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$52.00
You Build It at Lake Shore 184303InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$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.