Chicago Park District
Congrats! Junior Citizen Nayeli Mendoza

Congrats! Junior Citizen Nayeli Mendoza

Valentine Day Dance at Sheil Park.  Gals posing for the camera.

Valentine Day Smiles.

Sheil Park Valentines Dance.  Enjoying sweet treats.

Sweat treats.

Dads and daughters dancing at Sheil Park Valentine Dance.

Valentine Dance.

Welcome to Sheil Park!

Welcome to Sheil Park!

Come Out and Play at Sheil Park Playground.

Come Out and Play at Sheil Park Playground.

Check out the cool playground at Sheil Park.

Check out the cool playground at Sheil Park.


Sheil Park

3505 N. Southport Ave. Chicago IL 60657

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm

Fieldhouse: M-F 6am-10pm, Sa-Su 8am-4pm

Park Supervisor:
Michelle Baldwin

(312) 742-7826



Visit our new ADA accessible playground! The inside of Sheil Park rivals the hustle and bustle of Southport Avenue where it’s located. The park, featuring a fieldhouse building and an adjacent new playground, keeps Lakeview residents healthy and active with affordable, quality indoor programs, and fun family events.

Sheil Park is known among parents for its fun and imaginative early childhood programs. A variety of classes engage preschoolers as young as six months in active play that emphasizes motor skill development and socialization skills. Whether it’s toddler camp, storytime, little tykes tumbling or kids in the kitchen, there is a class for every youngster, some requiring an accompanying parent, others not.

Many residents are drawn to Sheil Park for its established theater program, which introduces youth, teens and adults to the world of acting, directing and producing. Classes range from basic acting, to more specialized areas of improvisation, set design and scriptwriting. Sheil Park prepares its students for real live productions held each season, where they can demonstrate their craft.

Residents also choose Sheil Park for fitness, including aerobics, yoga and circuit classes, as well as open gym times. Others like to take it easy, joining a teen or senior club.

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Online registration for our park begins Tuesday, February 25 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

Join us! 



Fieldhouse 3505 N. Southport Ave. 0
Gymnasiums 3505 N. Southport Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 3505 N. Southport Ave. 8 Clubrooms
Picnic Groves 3505 N. Southport Ave. 1
Playgrounds 3505 N. Southport Ave. Rubberized Surface 1
Theaters 3505 N. Southport Ave. 1
Sheil Community Center honors the memory of Archbishop Bernard J. Sheil (1886-1969), pastor at Lake View's St. Andrew's Catholic Church for more than three decades. A supporter of ecumenical efforts and of the rights of racial minorities and laborers, Archbishop Sheil was often referred to as "the friend of the little guy." His interest in young people led him to found the Catholic Youth Organization in 1930. Sheil Community Center is located in the heavily-populated Lake View neighborhood, on land once occupied by the Hanson Laundry Company. The Chicago Park District purchased the property in 1973, demolishing the laundry plant shortly thereafter. In 1975, the park district broke ground for a fieldhouse with a gymnasium, a craftshop, and clubrooms. The gymnasium is named for William E. Pollack (1909-1968), a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 13th District, in which the park lies. A native Chicagoan and a graduate of Lake View High School, Pollack served as the Republican leader for six of his nine terms in office.

Contact: Jill Heise

Contact Title: President

Phone: (773) 857-1451


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