Sherman Park

  • 1301 W. 52nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Marvin Tolbert
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6672

Located in the New City community, Sherman Park totals 60.60 acres and features two gymnasiums, an auditorium, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool,three playgrounds, basketball/tennis courts, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer/football fields. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our auditorium, gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms, and fields.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, aerobics, Teen Club. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Sherman Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Senior Sock Hop Dance, jazz concerts, and holiday-themed events.

History

Sherman Park was one of ten revolutionary Chicago parks which opened to the public in 1905. The city's population had grown from 300,000 in 1870 to 2 million by 1905, but less than 200 acres of new parkland had been created during that period. The noisy, overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods in the center of the city were far away from the existing parks. South Park Commission superintendent J. Frank Foster envisioned a new type of park that would provide social services as well as breathing spaces to these areas. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Co. designed the whole system of new parks. In addition to Sherman Park, these were Ogden, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks, and Russell, Davis, Armour, Cornell and Mark White Squares. (Mark White Square is now known as McGuane Park.) At 60 acres, Sherman Park was one of the largest of the parks. The Olmsted Brothers transformed its low and wet site into a beautiful landscape with a meandering waterway surrounding an island of ballfields. The classically-designed architecture, located at the north end of the park, includes the fieldhouse and gym and locker buildings united by trellis-like structures known as pergolas. This architectural commission was especially meaningful to Burnham because the park was named for his father-in-law, John B. Sherman (1825- 1902). The founder of Chicago's Union Stock Yards, Sherman served as a member of the South Park Commission for 25 years.

Parking/Directions

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

Mosaic

Mosaic (1)

Location Notes: Field house lobby

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Sherman Diamond

Sherman Diamond

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Basketball

Sherman Basketball

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Fieldhouse

Sherman Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Hours: , ,

Sherman Fishing Area

Sherman Fishing Area

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Fitness Center

Sherman Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Sherman Football/Soccer

Sherman Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Descriptors: Grass

Sherman Gymnasium

Sherman Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Park Lagoon

Sherman Park Lagoon

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Clubroom

Sherman Clubroom

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Playground -NW

Sherman Playground -NWAccessible

Location: 5158 S. Ada St.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Sherman Playground -SE

Sherman Playground -SEAccessible

Location: 1159 W. 54th St.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Sherman Playground -SW

Sherman Playground -SWAccessible

Location: 5444 S. Loomis Blvd.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Sherman Park Pool

Sherman Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)745-2940

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Sherman Tennis Court

Sherman Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Volleyball

Sherman Volleyball

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Spray Pool

Sherman Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 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
Basketball - Open at Sherman 165217OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$72.00
Basketball Skills at Sherman 165383InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Male2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Sherman 183974InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Flag Football at Sherman 165947InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Male2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$4.00
Flag Football at Sherman 165948InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 17Male2016/09/20 21:45From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$4.00
Homework Time at Sherman 166263InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Sherman 183976InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$5.00
Music and Movement at Sherman 167094InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
$4.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 167808InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 17Male2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$4.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 167809InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Male2016/09/19 21:45From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$4.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 167810InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/09/22 20:30From September 22, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$4.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 167811InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Female2016/09/22 21:45From September 22, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$4.00
Teen Club at Sherman 168306OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$6.00
Teen Club at Sherman 168305OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/22 23:45From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 8pm
$4.00
Volleyball at Sherman 183969InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Walking Club at Sherman 183971OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0

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Located in the New City community, Sherman Park totals 60.60 acres and features two gymnasiums, an auditorium, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool,three playgrounds, basketball/tennis courts, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer/football fields. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our auditorium, gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms, and fields.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, aerobics, Teen Club. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Sherman Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Senior Sock Hop Dance, jazz concerts, and holiday-themed events.

Sherman Park was one of ten revolutionary Chicago parks which opened to the public in 1905. The city's population had grown from 300,000 in 1870 to 2 million by 1905, but less than 200 acres of new parkland had been created during that period. The noisy, overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods in the center of the city were far away from the existing parks. South Park Commission superintendent J. Frank Foster envisioned a new type of park that would provide social services as well as breathing spaces to these areas. Nationally renowned landscape architects the Olmsted Brothers and architects Daniel H. Burnham and Co. designed the whole system of new parks. In addition to Sherman Park, these were Ogden, Palmer, Bessemer, and Hamilton Parks, and Russell, Davis, Armour, Cornell and Mark White Squares. (Mark White Square is now known as McGuane Park.) At 60 acres, Sherman Park was one of the largest of the parks. The Olmsted Brothers transformed its low and wet site into a beautiful landscape with a meandering waterway surrounding an island of ballfields. The classically-designed architecture, located at the north end of the park, includes the fieldhouse and gym and locker buildings united by trellis-like structures known as pergolas. This architectural commission was especially meaningful to Burnham because the park was named for his father-in-law, John B. Sherman (1825- 1902). The founder of Chicago's Union Stock Yards, Sherman served as a member of the South Park Commission for 25 years.

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