Sheil Park

  • 3505 N. Southport Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60657 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Michelle Baldwin
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7826

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.

History

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.

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

Sheil Fieldhouse

Sheil Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3505 N. Southport Ave.

Hours: , ,

Sheil Gymnasium

Sheil Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3505 N. Southport Ave.

Sheil Clubroom

Sheil Clubroom

Location Notes: 3505 N. Southport Ave.

Notes: Clubrooms

Sheil Picnic Tables

Sheil Picnic Tables

Location Notes: 3505 N. Southport Ave.

Sheil Playground

Sheil PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
Adventure Camp at Sheil 195145CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2017/08/07 14:30From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$143.00
Art Camp at Sheil 195275CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 17:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$124.00
Basketball - Open at Sheil 195375OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 50Male2017/08/15 11:30From August 15, 2017 to September 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Sheil 195376OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/13 11:30From June 13, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$55.00
Basketball - Open at Sheil 195376OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/13 11:30From June 13, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$55.00
Basketball - Open at Sheil 195376OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/13 11:30From June 13, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$55.00
Basketball - Open at Sheil 195376OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/13 11:30From June 13, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$55.00
Basketball Camp Partnership at Sheil 195415PartnershipGroupCamps - SportsAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/08/14 18:00From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$0
Boot Camp at Sheil 195967InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$28.00
Boot Camp at Sheil 195968InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Gym Wheel - Advanced II Partnership at Sheil 195996PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to August 14, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Gym Wheel - Beginner Partnership at Sheil 195997InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/06/21 21:30From June 21, 2017 to August 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$65.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Sheil 196651InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$25.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Sheil 196652InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
Play Camp at Sheil 196844CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$152.00
Play Camp at Sheil 196846CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$152.00
Play Camp at Sheil 221209CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$95.00
Senior Citizens Club at Sheil 196965OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/06/07 19:30From June 7, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
Sports Camp at Sheil 196845CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 17:30From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$84.00
Theater Camp at Sheil 197444CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$394.00
Toddler Camp at Sheil 201596CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3Coed2017/07/18 14:00From July 18, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:15am
$60.00
Toddler Camp at Sheil 199137CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3Coed2017/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2017 to July 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$60.00
Toddler Camp at Sheil 199139CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3Coed2017/06/27 15:30From June 27, 2017 to July 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$60.00
Toddler Camp at Sheil 201597CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3Coed2017/07/18 15:30From July 18, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:45am
$60.00
Yoga at Sheil 197659InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 8 but less than 14Female2017/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$25.00
Yoga at Sheil 197660InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 8 but less than 14Female2017/06/22 21:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$25.00

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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.

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.

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