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: Playground Art

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 Center

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Notes: M-F, 11-8:45pm; Sa, 114pm. Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Sherman Football/Soccer

Sherman Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

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

Sherman PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 1301 W. 52nd St.

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

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
Adult Swim at Sherman 119757OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:30From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$0
Basketball Tournament at Sherman 118149TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/07/14 21:30From July 14, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$5.00
Dance - African Arts Partner at Sherman 118309PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2015/06/11 23:30From June 11, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$102.00
Dance - African Arts Partner at Sherman 118307PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 9Female2015/06/06 16:00From June 6, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 1:30pm
$122.00
Dance - African Arts Partner at Sherman 118308PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/06/06 17:00From June 6, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$143.00
Day Camp at Sherman 118432CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$153.00
Family Swim at Sherman 118915OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 7:15pm
$0
Lap Swim at Sherman 119411OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Sherman 119637InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Sherman 119639InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/21 17:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Sherman 119636InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Sherman 119638InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Open Swim Female at Sherman 119749OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2015/06/12 19:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
Open Swim Male at Sherman 120480OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2015/06/12 20:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$0
POST Adult Swim at Sherman 131024OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/25 23:30From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Sherman 131028OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 22:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Lap Swim at Sherman 131039OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/29 18:00From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$40.00
POST Open Swim Female at Sherman 131027OpenAquatics - OpenAnyFemale2015/08/24 20:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
POST Open Swim Male at Sherman 131843OpenAquatics - OpenAnyMale2015/08/24 21:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$0
POST Teen Swim at Sherman 131037OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 17:00From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Sherman 131030OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Youth Swim at Sherman 131849OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 16:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Sports Camp at Sherman 121090CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$31.00
TEAM Sports at Sherman 121188InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 22:30From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$28.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Sherman 147780Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/07/07 21:00From July 7, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Sherman 147781Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2015/07/08 21:00From July 8, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Sherman 125284OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$72.00
Basketball Skills at Sherman 148126InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Male2015/09/18 20:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Flag Football at Sherman 126057InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Male2015/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$3.00
Flag Football at Sherman 126058InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 17Male2015/09/15 21:45From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$3.00
Homework Time at Sherman 126344InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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
Music and Movement at Sherman 127173InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/09/14 20:45From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
$3.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 127731InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 17Male2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$3.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 127732InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Male2015/09/14 21:45From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$3.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 127733InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$3.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 127734InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Female2015/09/17 21:45From September 17, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$3.00
Teen Club at Sherman 128210OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Teen Club at Sherman 128209OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/09/17 23:45From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 8pm
$3.00

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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.