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.

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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

Dogs on a Cart

Dogs on a Cart

Location: Lake Shore Park, 808 Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Food & Beverage, 9:30am - 6pm, 773.517.1369

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

Events

Summer Programs

Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1. Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 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
Basketball at Lake Shore 82067InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom June 15, 2014 to August 17, 2014
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$50.00
Conditioning at Lake Shore 82167InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8am to 8:45am
$50.00
Conditioning at Lake Shore 82168InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Thursday from 8am to 8:45am
$50.00
Day Camp at Lake Shore 82268CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$530.00
Early Bird Camp at Lake Shore 82381CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$90.00
Extended Camp at Lake Shore 82457CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$180.00
Fitness Bootcamp at Lake Shore 86134InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 5, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$50.00
Leadership Camp at Lake Shore 86132CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$100.00
Running Group at Lake Shore 86133InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$50.00
Sports Camp at Lake Shore 83294CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
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
$100.00
Tennis at Lake Shore 83472InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$65.00
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 83473InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to July 23, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$75.00
Tennis at Lake Shore 83474InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to July 23, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$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
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 81697CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom June 30, 2014 to July 11, 2014
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 4, 2014
$65.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 81698CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom July 14, 2014 to July 25, 2014
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
$65.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 81699CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 30, 2014 to July 11, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 4, 2014
$40.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 81700CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom July 14, 2014 to July 25, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Tennis Camp at Lake Shore 88506CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to July 24, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$65.00
Toddler Camp at Lake Shore 83576CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to July 24, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
$80.00

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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 1 Food & Beverage, 9:30am - 6pm, 773.517.1369
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.