Shedd Park

  • 3660 W. 23rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
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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 upstairs auditorium with a stage. Outside, the park offers basketball courts, a playground and an interactive water spray feature. Shedd Park's playground was renovated in Fall 2015 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

Park-goers can play basketball and table games 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, Shedd Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Movies in the Park.

History

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 then 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.

In 1885, 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.

 

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Shedd Basketball

Shedd Basketball

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Fieldhouse

Shedd Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

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Shedd Gymnasium

Shedd Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Clubroom

Shedd Clubroom

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Playground

Shedd PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Shedd Spray Pool

Shedd Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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 177336InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball at Shedd 177154InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Fun and Games at Shedd 176988InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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
$0
Seasonal Sports at Shedd 177579InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Spring Break Camp at Shedd 199977CampsSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 15:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$25.00
Teen Club at Shedd 176904OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:45pm
$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 upstairs auditorium with a stage. Outside, the park offers basketball courts, a playground and an interactive water spray feature. Shedd Park's playground was renovated in Fall 2015 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

Park-goers can play basketball and table games 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, Shedd Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events and Movies in the Park.

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 then 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.

In 1885, 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.

 

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