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 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

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  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, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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 195527InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 13:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 8am to 8:45am
$55.00
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Abs & Core at Lake Shore 221204InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$35.00
Art & ABCs at Lake Shore 224047InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$55.00
Arts & Crafts at Lake Shore 224048InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 205236OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2017/09/17 19:30From September 17, 2017 to December 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$55.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 205237OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMale2017/09/12 17:15From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$55.00
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 205238OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$0
Basketball - Open at Lake Shore 224049OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 17:15From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 28, 2017
$0
Cardio Conditioning at Lake Shore 205979InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:50am
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:50am
$60.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Lake Shore 224050InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 11Female2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$23.00
Conditioning at Lake Shore 205708InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 17:00From September 13, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Cross Country at Lake Shore 205747InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2017/09/05 21:30From September 5, 2017 to October 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Dodgeball at Lake Shore 221205InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$0
Drop-In Camp at Lake Shore 224059CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/10/09 15:30October 9, 2017
Monday from 10:30am to 4:30pm
$0
Drop-In Camp at Lake Shore 224060CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/11/10 16:30November 10, 2017
Friday from 10:30am to 4:30pm
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Lake Shore 205989InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/18 15:15From September 18, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$21.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Lake Shore Cancelled205990InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 15:15From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$21.00
Floor Hockey at Lake Shore 206092InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$23.00
Fun and Games at Lake Shore 224051InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$45.00
Gymnastics at Lake Shore 224052InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
$40.00
Little Artists at Lake Shore 206730InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
$55.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Lake Shore 224053InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/13 13:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$35.00
Mighty Munchkins at Lake Shore 206731InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lake Shore 206853InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$55.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lake Shore 206854InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$55.00
Music and Movement at Lake Shore 206898InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
$55.00
Park Kids - Fall at Lake Shore 207094InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 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
$174.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Lake Shore 207167Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 8, 2018$522.00
Pickleball at Lake Shore 224058InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2017/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$20.00
Play School at Lake Shore 207265InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
$55.00
Recreational Tumbling at Lake Shore Cancelled207316InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$55.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Lake Shore 224054InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Lake Shore 208520InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$60.00
Strength & Conditioning at Lake Shore 221202InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
$40.00
Teen Club at Lake Shore 221203OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$0
Tiny Tot Tennis at Lake Shore 208235InstructionSports - TennisAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 16:15From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 28, 2017
$55.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Lake Shore 208252InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 28, 2017
$55.00
Tone Stretch Balance at Lake Shore 205980InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$40.00
Winter Break Camp at Lake Shore 208568CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 14:30From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
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
$174.00
Yoga at Lake Shore 208658InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/18 14:00From September 18, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$21.00
Yoga at Lake Shore Cancelled208659InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Lake Shore 213352InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Lake Shore 219279InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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

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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.