Seward Park

  • 375 W. Elm St.   Chicago, Illinois 60610 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Joyce Freeman-Herron
  • Phone: (312) 742-7895

Located in the Near North Community Area, Seward Park totals 7.32 acres and offers the right mix of athletic programming, family special events for residents in this emerging neighborhood. Individuals and teams frequently rent Seward Park’s two gyms for sports leagues and games, fundraisers, parties, corporate outings and more. Seward Park features two gyms with balconies; men’s & women’s locker rooms; a dance studio; six club/meeting rooms; a boxing ring and room; playground; two softball/soccer fields; and several outdoor basketball standards. Seward Park offers the following programs for different age groups at various times throughout the year: basketball, boxing, track and field, volleyball, arts & crafts, indoor and outdoor soccer, T-Ball, summer day camp, Cubs Care Rookie Baseball, and bitty basketball. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Water enthusiast visit the indoor swimming pool at Stanton Park just steps away.

In addition to programs, Seward Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as concerts and Movies in the Park.

History

Completed in 1908, Seward Park was one of the Lincoln Park Commission's first three neighborhood parks. Although the park commission was established in 1869 to manage Lincoln Park and its connecting boulevards, by the turn of the century administrators were concerned about the living conditions in densely-populated neighborhoods within their jurisdiction. Approval of a 1907 bond issue allowed the acquisition of land for Seward and Stanton Parks, along with improvements to Lake Shore Playground, which was already part of the Lincoln Park System. Prairie School architect Dwight H. Perkins designed the Seward Park fieldhouse. An advocate for playgrounds in congested districts and a leader in saving the forest preserves, Perkins served as architect to the Chicago Board of Education during the period in which he also worked for the Lincoln Park Commission. Perkins' fieldhouse included gymnasiums, shower baths, a reading room, club rooms, and an assembly hall equipped with a movable stage and an electric lantern with an attachment for educational moving pictures. The Lincoln Park Commissioners decided to name new parks after President Abrabham Lincoln's cabinet members. William H. Seward (1801-1872) was the Secretary of State during Lincoln's administration.

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Seward Baseball

Seward Baseball

Location: 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610

Seward Basketball

Seward Basketball

Location: 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610

Seward Boxing Room

Seward Boxing Room

Location: 375 W. Elm St.

Seward Park - A&J Hot Dog Stand

Seward Park - A&J Hot Dog Stand

Location: 375 W. Elm St.

Seward Fieldhouse

Seward Fieldhouse

Location: 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610

Seward Fitness Arcade

Seward Fitness Arcade

Location: 375 W. Elm St. Chicago, IL 60610

Seward Gymnasium

Seward Gymnasium

Location: 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610

Seward Clubroom

Seward Clubroom

Location: 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610

Seward Playground

Seward PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610

Seward Spray Pool

Seward Spray Pool

Location: 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610

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
Basketball - Open at Seward 92333OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Free
Boxing at Seward 92492InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Free
Boxing at Seward 92493InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Free
Boxing at Seward 92494InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$50.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Seward 110417InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 14CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Free
Flag Football at Seward 92898InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 12CoedFrom September 24, 2014 to November 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Free
Golf at Seward 93067InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 9, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$30.00
Outdoor Soccer at Seward 93999InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom August 30, 2014 to October 18, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$60.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Seward 94081InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Free
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Seward 94142Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Seward 94416InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Seward 94665InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Seward 94666InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Free
Step Aerobics at Seward 94704InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$15.00
Teen Club at Seward 94861OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Free
Tiny Tot Tennis at Seward 95290InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Seward 110918InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$15.00

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Description

Located in the Near North Community Area, Seward Park totals 7.32 acres and offers the right mix of athletic programming, family special events for residents in this emerging neighborhood. Individuals and teams frequently rent Seward Park’s two gyms for sports leagues and games, fundraisers, parties, corporate outings and more. Seward Park features two gyms with balconies; men’s & women’s locker rooms; a dance studio; six club/meeting rooms; a boxing ring and room; playground; two softball/soccer fields; and several outdoor basketball standards. Seward Park offers the following programs for different age groups at various times throughout the year: basketball, boxing, track and field, volleyball, arts & crafts, indoor and outdoor soccer, T-Ball, summer day camp, Cubs Care Rookie Baseball, and bitty basketball. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Water enthusiast visit the indoor swimming pool at Stanton Park just steps away.

In addition to programs, Seward Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as concerts and Movies in the Park.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610 5
Boxing Gym 375 W. Elm St. 1
Concessions 0
Fieldhouse 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610 1
Fitness Arcades 375 W. Elm St. Chicago, IL 60610 1
Gymnasiums 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610 2
Meeting/Event Space 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610 6
Playgrounds 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610 0
Water Spray Features 375 W. Elm St. Chicago IL 60610 1
Completed in 1908, Seward Park was one of the Lincoln Park Commission's first three neighborhood parks. Although the park commission was established in 1869 to manage Lincoln Park and its connecting boulevards, by the turn of the century administrators were concerned about the living conditions in densely-populated neighborhoods within their jurisdiction. Approval of a 1907 bond issue allowed the acquisition of land for Seward and Stanton Parks, along with improvements to Lake Shore Playground, which was already part of the Lincoln Park System. Prairie School architect Dwight H. Perkins designed the Seward Park fieldhouse. An advocate for playgrounds in congested districts and a leader in saving the forest preserves, Perkins served as architect to the Chicago Board of Education during the period in which he also worked for the Lincoln Park Commission. Perkins' fieldhouse included gymnasiums, shower baths, a reading room, club rooms, and an assembly hall equipped with a movable stage and an electric lantern with an attachment for educational moving pictures. The Lincoln Park Commissioners decided to name new parks after President Abrabham Lincoln's cabinet members. William H. Seward (1801-1872) was the Secretary of State during Lincoln's administration.

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