Lake Shore Park

  • 808 N. Lake Shore Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60611 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Juan "Dan" Puente
  • 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: 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611

Lake Shore Park

Lake Shore Park

Location: 808 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Lake Shore Park - Whisper's Café

Lake Shore Park - Whisper's Café

Location: 808 N. Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Fieldhouse

Lake Shore Fieldhouse

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

Lake Shore Fitness Center

Lake Shore Fitness Center

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

Notes: M-F 7am-10:30pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Lake Shore Gymnasium

Lake Shore Gymnasium

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

Lake Shore Clubroom

Lake Shore Clubroom

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

Lake Shore Playground

Lake Shore Playground

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

Lake Shore Running Track

Lake Shore Running Track

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

Lake Shore Tennis Court

Lake Shore Tennis Court

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

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
Tennis at Lake Shore 83475InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom July 30, 2014 to September 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$75.00
Tennis at Lake Shore 83476InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom July 30, 2014 to September 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$75.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Lake Shore 92010InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$50.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lake Shore 92104InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$50.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 93736OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 21, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$50.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 93737OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$50.00
Basketball League at Lake Shore 92369Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$225.00
Boot Camp at Lake Shore 92448InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$50.00
Boot Camp at Lake Shore 110409InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$50.00
Circuit Training at Lake Shore 110406InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$50.00
Conditioning at Lake Shore 92609InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$50.00
Cross Country at Lake Shore 92649InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 15CoedFrom September 4, 2014 to October 23, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Fit & Strong at Lake Shore 92821InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$50.00
Fit & Strong at Lake Shore 92822InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$50.00
Flag Football at Lake Shore 110415InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to October 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Free
Floor Hockey at Lake Shore 110410InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Fun and Games at Lake Shore 110413InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Golf - Jack Nicklaus Learning League at Lake Shore 93055InstructionSports - GolfAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lake Shore 93859InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
$60.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lake Shore 93860InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$60.00
Music and Movement at Lake Shore 110412InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
$50.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Lake Shore 94064InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$160.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Lake Shore 94129Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$480.00
Pilates at Lake Shore 94187InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$50.00
Pilates at Lake Shore 94186InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$50.00
Recreational Tumbling at Lake Shore 94276InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$50.00
Running Group at Lake Shore 94319InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$50.00
Seasonal Sports at Lake Shore 94389InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$40.00
Soccer at Lake Shore 94572InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Step Aerobics at Lake Shore 94696InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$50.00
Tennis at Lake Shore 94932InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$65.00
Tennis at Lake Shore 94931InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom September 10, 2014 to October 15, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$75.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Lake Shore 93372InstructionSports - TennisAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$50.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Lake Shore 94930InstructionSports - TennisAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$50.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Lake Shore 95228InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$50.00
Weightlifting at Lake Shore 110407InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$50.00
Weightlifting at Lake Shore 110408InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$50.00
Winter Break Camp at Lake Shore 110414CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 5pm
Each Friday from 8:30am to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, January 1, 2015
$160.00

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611 2
Community Gardens 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Ornamental 2 Community Garden
Concessions Lake Shore Park, 808 Lake Shore Drive 0
Fieldhouse 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611 0
Fitness Centers 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611 1 M-F 7am-10:30pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Gymnasiums 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611 1
Meeting/Event Space 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611 2
Playgrounds 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611 1
Running Tracks 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611 1
Tennis Courts 808 N. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago IL 60611 2
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.