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.

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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

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Adventure Camp at Sheil 155954CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2016/08/15 14:30From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$136.00
Art Camp at Sheil 156073CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/26 18:30From July 26, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$79.00
Basketball - Open at Sheil 156185OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/14 11:30From June 14, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$52.00
Basketball - Open at Sheil 156184OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 50Male2016/08/23 11:30From August 23, 2016 to September 16, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Each Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$27.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Sheil 156763InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$27.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Sheil 156764InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$27.00
Gym Wheel - Advanced II Partnership at Sheil 156793PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2016/07/11 22:00From July 11, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Gym Wheel - Beginner Partnership at Sheil 156794InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/07/06 21:30From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$62.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Sheil 157303InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$22.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Sheil 157304InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$22.00
Play Camp at Sheil 157491CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$145.00
Play Camp at Sheil 157492CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 18:30From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$119.00
Play Camp at Sheil 157493CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$145.00
Play Camp at Sheil Cancelled157494CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/07/05 18:30From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$119.00
Senior Citizens Club at Sheil 158138OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/06/15 19:30From June 15, 2016 to August 17, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
Theater Camp at Sheil 158561CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/07/05 14:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$375.00
Yoga at Sheil 158717InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 8 but less than 14Female2016/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Yoga at Sheil 158718InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 8 but less than 14Female2016/06/23 21:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00

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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.