Loyola Park

  • 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60626 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Mary Hopkins
  • Park Phone: (773) 262-8605

Located in the East Rogers Park community (adjacent on the west to Sheridan Road, abutting Loyola University’s property to the south, and Lake Michigan on the east), Loyola Park sits on approximately 21.5 acres of land. The large fieldhouse is equipped with two gymnasiums, woodshop, boxing center and clubrooms for rental. Outside, the park offers a senior baseball and a softball field, a two-hoop basketball court, sand volleyball courts, four tennis courts, a playground, as well as a nearly 2/3-mile walking trail along the beautiful beach and Lake Michigan.  Beach season begins the Friday before Memorial Weekend and goes through Labor Day. 

With a great diversity, and quantity, of programs: there’s something for everyone at Loyola Park! Parents will appreciate the opportunity for their tots / preschoolers to increase their socialization skills in programs such as: Preschool, Tot Spot, MightyFitFamily, Saturday Dribblers, Saturday Kickers, Tiny Tot- and Recreational-Tumbling. Loyola Park is one of the sites for the popular Park Kids after school program for youth; Winter- and Spring-Break Camps are available during days when school is out.

Recreation for youth includes: baseball, basketball, boxing, cheerleading, cross-country, and Go Girl Go, gymnastics, hip hop dance, seasonal sports, soccer, softball, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling. Pre-Teens and Teens can make new friendships in their age-appropriate clubs. Other teen programs include: baseball, basketball, boxing, cheerleading, drop-in, flag football, Go Girl Go, hip hop dance, soccer, softball, and volleyball. During the summer, Loyola Park offers various camps, in addition to its popular 6-week affordable day camp for youth: Dance Intensive-, Basketball-, Soccer-, Tennis-, Volleyball-, and Play-Camp.

Loyola Park is also noted for its Special Recreation programs for people with disabilities—including training for Special Olympics, after school Park Kids, summer camp for children and teens.

Adults and/or seniors are not forgotten; they can enjoy low-impact aerobics, conditioning, cross-training, yoga, boxing, and volleyball.Tae Kwon Do is an all-ages class offered through a partnership.

On the cultural side, Loyola Park offers arts & crafts and woodcraft. The park has Art Partnership who bring their talents to the community.  Barrel of Monkey's offers writing and improv workshops for children and Full Effect offers Hip Hop Dance classes.

Loyola Park is the home of artist Lynn Takata’s “Windform”: a 100’ long abstract concrete sculpture, which is meant to represent the movement of the water--and provides areas for patrons to sit and enjoy the lake, as well as slopes for children to climb and play on.

Loyola Park hosts a bounty of annual special events: the autumn Boxing Show and Halloween Party, Black History Month Celebration, Family Valentine Dance, Earth Day Park Clean-up, Easter Egg Hunt, Gym Showcase, and the Father’s Day-weekend Artists of the Wall Festival.

History

Loyola Park was the sole park created by the North Shore Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Unlike most of these park boards, the North Shore District, formed in 1900, was at first interested only in enhancing the area through boulevard improvements along Sheridan Road, Pratt Boulevard, and Ashland Avenue. By 1905, however, public pressure had prompted the district to consider park development. The district spent several years mulling its options. Finally, in 1909, at the urging of the Rogers Park Woman's Club, the North Shore District determined to concentrate its resources on purchasing land for a single beachfront park and boating basin known as North Shore Park. Shortly thereafter, noted landscape architect and engineer O.C. Simonds developed plans for a pier at the site, but these were never realized. By 1917, the North Shore District had acquired more than nine acres of lakeshore property. A small fieldhouse, built in 1923, soon provided game and club rooms. Playfields were flooded for ice skating in winter; in 1929, the local American Legion post erected a shelter house for skaters. Several years after the Chicago Park District took over in 1934, local residents asked that North Shore Park be renamed. The park district agreed, and held a contest to choose a new name. Neighborhood residents favored the name Loyola Park, for nearby Loyola University. The Jesuits began to develop this important Rogers Park institution in 1906, when they purchased a 20-acre site between Devon and Loyola Avenues. During the 1930s, the university raised its neighborhood profile substantially by constructing a number of dramatic Art Deco buildings, including the Madonna della Strada Chapel. Around 1950, the Chicago Park District more than doubled the size of Loyola Park and built a new fieldhouse with an adjacent grandstand. Another half-acrewas added1971, bringing the size ofLoyola Park to more than 21.5 acres.

Parking/Directions

Parking is located at Lunt Avenue & Sheridan Road and Touhy Avenue & Shereidan Road (both east of Sheridan Road). Free parking from 7 p.m. until 9 a.m. $1 per hour from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Loyola North Diamond

Loyola North Diamond

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Loyola South Diamond

Loyola South Diamond

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Loyola Basketball Court

Loyola Basketball Court

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Loyola Beach

Loyola Beach

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave. (Greenleaf Ave. @ Lake Michigan)

Notes: No distance swimming is available, see Leone Beach for info on nearest distance swimming.

Loyola Boxing Gym

Loyola Boxing Gym

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Loyola Hedge Garden

Loyola Hedge Garden

Location Notes: 1200 W. Morse Ave.

Notes: Community Garden - Loyola Hedge Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Morse Ave. Circles

Morse Ave. Circles

Location Notes: 1200 W. Morse Ave.

Notes: Community Garden - Morse Ave. Circles

Descriptors: Ornamental

Loyola Beach - Heartland Holdings

Loyola Beach - Heartland Holdings

Location: 1230 W. Greenleaf

Hours:

Phone: (773)465-8005

Notes:

www.heartlandcafe.com

Loyola Dune Habitat

Loyola Dune Habitat

Location Notes: Morse Ave. to Farwell Ave. on Lake Michigan beach

Notes: Dune Restoration Site

Loyola Fieldhouse

Loyola Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Hours: ,

Loyola Fitness

Loyola Fitness

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Loyola Gymnasium

Loyola Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Loyola Auditorium

Loyola Auditorium

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Notes: 150 seating capacity on folding chairs

Loyola Clubroom

Loyola Clubroom

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Loyola Paths

Loyola Paths

Location Notes: Touhy Ave. to Pratt Ave. along lakefront

Loyola Playground

Loyola Playground

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Loyola Tennis Court

Loyola Tennis Court

Location Notes: Farwell Ave. & Lake Michigan

Loyola Beach Volleyball

Loyola Beach Volleyball

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Loyola Woodshop

Loyola Woodshop

Location Notes: 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Events

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Loyola 94133Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2014/09/02 20:00From 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
$243.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) Fall Winter Spring at Loyola 94023Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 19Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 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
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
$228.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Inner City Basketball at Loyola 100008Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to April 16, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
12" Fast Pitch Softball League at Loyola 104797Individual_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 11 but less than 15Female2015/04/27 21:00From April 27, 2015 to June 10, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
16" Softball at Loyola 104818InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$9.00
Arts & Crafts at Loyola 122176InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/04/02 19:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Loyola 122177InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Ballet - Beginner at Loyola 129511InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$11.00
Barrel of Monkeys Partnership at Loyola 105144PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Creative WritingAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2015/03/02 22:00From March 2, 2015 to May 4, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Baseball at Loyola 105173InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/03/17 23:30From March 17, 2015 to April 16, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$16.00
Baseball Little League at Loyola 105193Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/04/18 22:30From April 18, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 3pm
$71.00
Baseball Little League at Loyola 105194Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/04/19 00:45From April 18, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:45pm to 9:45pm
Each Friday from 7:45pm to 9:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$71.00
Basketball - Open at Loyola 105254OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/04/01 17:30From April 1, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$21.00
Basketball at Loyola 105362InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Basketball at Loyola 105363InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 17Coed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$11.00
Basketball Skills at Loyola 122187InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 16Female2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Loyola 105439InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$21.00
Boxing at Loyola 105498InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$42.00
Boxing at Loyola 105499InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Boxing at Loyola 105500InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at Loyola 105587InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, April 10, 2015
$11.00
Conditioning at Loyola 105643InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
$0
Kiddie College at Loyola 106319InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$36.00
Lacrosse at Loyola 106349InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Loyola 104860InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
$8.00
Little Artists at Loyola 106556InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 16:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 11:45am
$25.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Loyola 106562InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:30From March 31, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$64.00
Music and Movement at Loyola 106733InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 16:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 11:15am to 11:45am
$21.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Loyola 106986InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/03/23 20:00From March 23, 2015 to June 16, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 6, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
$83.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Spring Session at Loyola 106941InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 19Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 6, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
$78.00
Recreational Tumbling at Loyola 107125InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, April 10, 2015
$11.00
Recreational Tumbling at Loyola 107126InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, April 10, 2015
$9.00
Rugby at Loyola 122174InstructionSports - RugbyAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Loyola 107324InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
Soccer at Loyola 107491InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Soccer at Loyola 107488InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Soccer at Loyola 107490InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$21.00
Soccer League at Loyola 122175Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$6.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Loyola 107546InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, April 10, 2015
$8.00
Special Olympics Powerlifting at Loyola 107090InstructionSports - Weightlifting18 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 6, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
$8.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Loyola 107566InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$9.00
Special Olympics Softball at Loyola 107554InstructionSports - Softball18 and upCoed2015/05/13 23:30From May 13, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$6.00
Special Olympics Young Athletes at Loyola 108439InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 8Coed2015/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$9.00
Spring Break Camp at Loyola 107603CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/04/06 14:00From April 6, 2015 to April 10, 2015
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
$36.00
Table Tennis - Open at Loyola 107739OpenSports - Table Tennis16 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$11.00
Tae Kwon Do Partnership at Loyola 107759PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense8 and upCoed2015/04/02 23:00From April 2, 2015 to April 30, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$60.00
T-Ball at Loyola 107704InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/04/18 14:00From April 18, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$51.00
Teen Club at Loyola 107826OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
$0
Tennis (Special Recreation) at Loyola 107873InstructionSports - Tennis18 and upCoed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$9.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Loyola 108110InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 15:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11am
$11.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Loyola 108111InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 16:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 11:45am
$11.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Loyola 108112InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/02 15:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11am
$11.00
Tot Spot at Loyola 108150OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 5Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
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
$41.00
Track & Field at Loyola 108188InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$9.00
Volleyball - Open at Loyola 108278OpenSports - Volleyball14 and upCoed2015/04/07 00:30From April 6, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$11.00
Weaving - Open Studio at Loyola 108338OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/04/01 16:00From April 1, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to 4pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 4pm
$72.00
Weightlifting at Loyola 108345InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$19.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Loyola 108355Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 22Coed2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 10pm
$0
Woodcraft at Loyola 108378InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$61.00
Woodcraft at Loyola 108376InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$11.00
Woodcraft at Loyola 108377InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 10 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$11.00
Wrestling at Loyola 122181InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Yoga at Loyola 108394InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$36.00

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Located in the East Rogers Park community (adjacent on the west to Sheridan Road, abutting Loyola University’s property to the south, and Lake Michigan on the east), Loyola Park sits on approximately 21.5 acres of land. The large fieldhouse is equipped with two gymnasiums, woodshop, boxing center and clubrooms for rental. Outside, the park offers a senior baseball and a softball field, a two-hoop basketball court, sand volleyball courts, four tennis courts, a playground, as well as a nearly 2/3-mile walking trail along the beautiful beach and Lake Michigan.  Beach season begins the Friday before Memorial Weekend and goes through Labor Day. 

With a great diversity, and quantity, of programs: there’s something for everyone at Loyola Park! Parents will appreciate the opportunity for their tots / preschoolers to increase their socialization skills in programs such as: Preschool, Tot Spot, MightyFitFamily, Saturday Dribblers, Saturday Kickers, Tiny Tot- and Recreational-Tumbling. Loyola Park is one of the sites for the popular Park Kids after school program for youth; Winter- and Spring-Break Camps are available during days when school is out.

Recreation for youth includes: baseball, basketball, boxing, cheerleading, cross-country, and Go Girl Go, gymnastics, hip hop dance, seasonal sports, soccer, softball, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling. Pre-Teens and Teens can make new friendships in their age-appropriate clubs. Other teen programs include: baseball, basketball, boxing, cheerleading, drop-in, flag football, Go Girl Go, hip hop dance, soccer, softball, and volleyball. During the summer, Loyola Park offers various camps, in addition to its popular 6-week affordable day camp for youth: Dance Intensive-, Basketball-, Soccer-, Tennis-, Volleyball-, and Play-Camp.

Loyola Park is also noted for its Special Recreation programs for people with disabilities—including training for Special Olympics, after school Park Kids, summer camp for children and teens.

Adults and/or seniors are not forgotten; they can enjoy low-impact aerobics, conditioning, cross-training, yoga, boxing, and volleyball.Tae Kwon Do is an all-ages class offered through a partnership.

On the cultural side, Loyola Park offers arts & crafts and woodcraft. The park has Art Partnership who bring their talents to the community.  Barrel of Monkey's offers writing and improv workshops for children and Full Effect offers Hip Hop Dance classes.

Loyola Park is the home of artist Lynn Takata’s “Windform”: a 100’ long abstract concrete sculpture, which is meant to represent the movement of the water--and provides areas for patrons to sit and enjoy the lake, as well as slopes for children to climb and play on.

Loyola Park hosts a bounty of annual special events: the autumn Boxing Show and Halloween Party, Black History Month Celebration, Family Valentine Dance, Earth Day Park Clean-up, Easter Egg Hunt, Gym Showcase, and the Father’s Day-weekend Artists of the Wall Festival.

Loyola Park was the sole park created by the North Shore Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Unlike most of these park boards, the North Shore District, formed in 1900, was at first interested only in enhancing the area through boulevard improvements along Sheridan Road, Pratt Boulevard, and Ashland Avenue. By 1905, however, public pressure had prompted the district to consider park development. The district spent several years mulling its options. Finally, in 1909, at the urging of the Rogers Park Woman's Club, the North Shore District determined to concentrate its resources on purchasing land for a single beachfront park and boating basin known as North Shore Park. Shortly thereafter, noted landscape architect and engineer O.C. Simonds developed plans for a pier at the site, but these were never realized. By 1917, the North Shore District had acquired more than nine acres of lakeshore property. A small fieldhouse, built in 1923, soon provided game and club rooms. Playfields were flooded for ice skating in winter; in 1929, the local American Legion post erected a shelter house for skaters. Several years after the Chicago Park District took over in 1934, local residents asked that North Shore Park be renamed. The park district agreed, and held a contest to choose a new name. Neighborhood residents favored the name Loyola Park, for nearby Loyola University. The Jesuits began to develop this important Rogers Park institution in 1906, when they purchased a 20-acre site between Devon and Loyola Avenues. During the 1930s, the university raised its neighborhood profile substantially by constructing a number of dramatic Art Deco buildings, including the Madonna della Strada Chapel. Around 1950, the Chicago Park District more than doubled the size of Loyola Park and built a new fieldhouse with an adjacent grandstand. Another half-acrewas added1971, bringing the size ofLoyola Park to more than 21.5 acres.
Parking is located at Lunt Avenue & Sheridan Road and Touhy Avenue & Shereidan Road (both east of Sheridan Road). Free parking from 7 p.m. until 9 a.m. $1 per hour from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.