Shedd Park

  • 3660 W. 23rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Wanda Norris
  • Park Phone: (773) 762-3168

Located in the South Lawndale community, Shedd Park totals 1.13 acres and features a field house with a gymnasium and kitchen. Outside, the park offers basketball courts, a playground and interactive water spray feature.

Park-goers can play basketball and table games at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year as well as track-e parent friendly program, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

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

History

In 1885, businessman and philanthropist John G. Shedd began developing part of South Lawndale's Millard and Decker subdivision. To enhance the area and its property values, he reserved 1.13 acres for what was initially called Shedd's Park. Although Shedd intended to improve the private park through a local assessment, his neighbors did not want to be taxed, and they suggested that it should be made a public park. In 1888, he sold the site to the city, reserving a small lot on the park's north side for the construction of a Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad station. Ten years later, the city transferred the unimproved park to the West Park Commission. Shortly thereafter, the railroad delivered, free of charge, 196 carloads of soil for planted slopes to screen the train tracks. Shedd helped the commissioners gain title to the train station lot in 1914, and the building was demolished. Two years later, probably based on the recommendation of landscape architect Jens Jensen, the commission hired Prairie School architect William Drummond to design the Shedd Park fieldhouse. In 1928, the firm of Michaelsen & Rognstad designed a gymnasium addition, well incorporated with the original Prairie-style building. Born on a farm in New Hampshire, John Graves Shedd (1850-1926) began working as a store clerk at the age of 17. He decided to go west, and arrived in Chicago in 1872. Striving to work at the "biggest store in town," Shedd took a $10-a-week job as stockboy in the Field, Leiter and Company Store. He quickly rose to higher positions. Promoted to partner in what was then Marshall Field and Company in 1893, Shedd became vice-president in 1901 and president of the store after Marshall Field died in 1906. Among his numerous charitable efforts and contributions, Shedd donated $3 million to the South Park Commissioners to build the Shedd Aquarium in Grant Park

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Shedd Basketball

Shedd Basketball

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Park Community Garden

Shedd Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Shedd Fieldhouse

Shedd Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Hours: ,

Shedd Gymnasium

Shedd Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Clubroom

Shedd Clubroom

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Playground

Shedd Playground

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Spray Pool

Shedd Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
Click on the program name links below to register now.

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 Shedd 122605InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball at Shedd 122604InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Drop-in at Shedd 122891InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 19:45From August 24, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$6.00
Flag Football at Shedd 123001InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 2pm
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Shedd 126577InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2015 to November 7, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 3pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Shedd 124159InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Shedd 124222OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$0

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Located in the South Lawndale community, Shedd Park totals 1.13 acres and features a field house with a gymnasium and kitchen. Outside, the park offers basketball courts, a playground and interactive water spray feature.

Park-goers can play basketball and table games at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year as well as track-e parent friendly program, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

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

In 1885, businessman and philanthropist John G. Shedd began developing part of South Lawndale's Millard and Decker subdivision. To enhance the area and its property values, he reserved 1.13 acres for what was initially called Shedd's Park. Although Shedd intended to improve the private park through a local assessment, his neighbors did not want to be taxed, and they suggested that it should be made a public park. In 1888, he sold the site to the city, reserving a small lot on the park's north side for the construction of a Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad station. Ten years later, the city transferred the unimproved park to the West Park Commission. Shortly thereafter, the railroad delivered, free of charge, 196 carloads of soil for planted slopes to screen the train tracks. Shedd helped the commissioners gain title to the train station lot in 1914, and the building was demolished. Two years later, probably based on the recommendation of landscape architect Jens Jensen, the commission hired Prairie School architect William Drummond to design the Shedd Park fieldhouse. In 1928, the firm of Michaelsen & Rognstad designed a gymnasium addition, well incorporated with the original Prairie-style building. Born on a farm in New Hampshire, John Graves Shedd (1850-1926) began working as a store clerk at the age of 17. He decided to go west, and arrived in Chicago in 1872. Striving to work at the "biggest store in town," Shedd took a $10-a-week job as stockboy in the Field, Leiter and Company Store. He quickly rose to higher positions. Promoted to partner in what was then Marshall Field and Company in 1893, Shedd became vice-president in 1901 and president of the store after Marshall Field died in 1906. Among his numerous charitable efforts and contributions, Shedd donated $3 million to the South Park Commissioners to build the Shedd Aquarium in Grant Park

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