Shedd Park

  • 3660 W. 23rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Wanda Norris
  • 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: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Park Community Garden

Shedd Park Community Garden

Location: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Shedd Fieldhouse

Shedd Fieldhouse

Location: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Gymnasium

Shedd Gymnasium

Location: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Clubroom

Shedd Clubroom

Location: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Playground

Shedd Playground

Location: 3660 W. 23rd St.

Shedd Spray Pool

Shedd Spray Pool

Location: 3660 W. 23rd St.

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 Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 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 at Shedd 89661InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Basketball at Shedd 89660InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Free
Conditioning at Shedd 89824InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 17 but less than 30CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$5.00
Drop-in at Shedd 89930InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$5.00
Flag Football at Shedd 90026InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 12FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to November 8, 2014
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
Free
Inner City Flag Football at Shedd 112189InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to November 8, 2014
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 1pm to 3pm
Free
RedCross Baby Sitter Certification at Shedd 111957InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to October 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Shedd 91080InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Shedd 91120OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Free
Soccer - Open at Shedd 91193OpenSports - SoccerAt least 18 but less than 30CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$5.00
Soccer - Open at Shedd 91192OpenSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:45pm
$5.00

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Basketball Court - Outdoor 3660 W. 23rd St. 1
Community Gardens 3660 W. 23rd St. Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Fieldhouse 3660 W. 23rd St. 0
Gymnasiums 3660 W. 23rd St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 3660 W. 23rd St. 2
Playgrounds 3660 W. 23rd St. 1
Water Spray Features 3660 W. 23rd St. 1
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.