Sheil Park

  • 3505 N. Southport Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60657 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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  • 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.

Parking/Directions

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

Location Notes: 3505 N. Southport Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 117924CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2015/08/10 14:30From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$133.00
Art Camp at Sheil 118041CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 18:00From June 30, 2015 to July 16, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$77.00
Art Camp at Sheil 118042CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/07/21 18:00From July 21, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$77.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Sheil 131813InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/06/29 20:30From June 29, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Sheil 131814InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/06/29 21:30From June 29, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Sheil 118148OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/09 11:30From June 9, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$51.00
Basketball - Open at Sheil 118147OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 50Male2015/08/18 11:30From August 18, 2015 to September 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$26.00
Basketball Camp Partnership at Sheil 131952PartnershipGroupCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/07/13 18:00From July 13, 2015 to July 17, 2015
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
$215.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Sheil 119028InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$26.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Sheil 119029InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$26.00
Gym Wheel - Advanced II Partnership at Sheil 131950PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2015/06/29 22:00From June 29, 2015 to July 27, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Gym Wheel - Beginner Partnership at Sheil 131951InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/07/01 21:30From July 1, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$61.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Sheil 119725InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Sheil 119726InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/06/18 22:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Play Camp at Sheil 120870CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$142.00
Play Camp at Sheil 120872CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$142.00
Play Camp at Sheil 120871CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 18:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$117.00
Play Camp at Sheil 120873CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/06/29 18:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$117.00
Senior Citizens Club at Sheil 117574OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/06/10 19:30From June 10, 2015 to August 12, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
Theater Camp at Sheil 121393CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/06/29 14:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$221.00
Theater Camp at Sheil 121392CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/06/30 14:30From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$221.00
Toddler Camp at Sheil 121423CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3Coed2015/06/30 14:00From June 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:30am
$102.00
Toddler Camp at Sheil 121424CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3Coed2015/06/30 15:45From June 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 12:15pm
$102.00
Yoga at Sheil 119258InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 8 but less than 14Female2015/06/16 21:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$21.00
Yoga at Sheil 119259InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 8 but less than 14Female2015/06/18 21:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$21.00

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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.