Shedd Park

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

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 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 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.

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 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 at Shedd 162373InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 31, 2016
$0
Basketball at Shedd 162372InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Drop-in at Shedd 162703InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/29 19:45From August 29, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$7.00
Seasonal Sports at Shedd 163946InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Shedd 164010OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to December 8, 2016
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Shedd 169546InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 10, 2017
$0
Basketball at Shedd 169545InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Drop-in at Shedd 169862InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 20:45From January 10, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 5pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Shedd 189803Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Shedd 189817Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Shedd 170905InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Shedd 170962OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 16, 2017
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 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.

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.