Seward Park

  • 375 W. Elm St.   Chicago, Illinois 60610 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Joyce Freeman-Herron
  • Park 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.

Parking/Directions

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Mosaic

Mosaic (1)

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

The Promise of Summer

The Promise of Summer (1)

Location Notes: East exterior of field house

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Seward Baseball

Seward Baseball

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

Seward Basketball

Seward Basketball

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

Seward Boxing Room

Seward Boxing Room

Location Notes: 375 W. Elm St.

Seward Park - A&J Hot Dog Stand

Seward Park - A&J Hot Dog Stand

Location: 375 W. Elm St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)287-5200

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Seward Fieldhouse

Seward Fieldhouse

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

Hours: , ,

Seward Fitness Arcade

Seward Fitness Arcade

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

Seward Gymnasium

Seward Gymnasium

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

Seward Clubroom

Seward Clubroom

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

Seward Playground

Seward PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Seward Spray Pool

Seward Spray Pool

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

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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 184314OpenSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 17Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Seward 165215OpenSports - Basketball21 and upCoed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$16.00
Boxing at Seward 165486InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Boxing at Seward 165487InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$40.00
Boxing at Seward 165485InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Chair Exercise at Seward 165894InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at Seward 165571InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Flag Football at Seward 165944InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to October 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$0
Game Room at Seward 184315OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Line Dance at Seward 165996InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Line Dance at Seward 165883InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 25 but less than 60Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Park Kids - Fall at Seward 167314InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$0
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Seward 167395Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to June 23, 2017$0
Seasonal Sports at Seward 167805InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
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
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Seward 165995OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Seward 166932InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Tennis at Seward 165006InstructionSports - TennisAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, November 21, 2016
$32.00
Wiffle Ball at Seward 166683InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/11/01 22:30From November 1, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00

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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.

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.