Sherman Park

  • 1301 W. 52nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: Park: 6am - 11pm, Fieldhouse: M-F 11am-9pm
  • Park Supervisor: Marvin Tolbert
  • 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

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Sherman Diamond

Sherman Diamond

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Basketball

Sherman Basketball

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Fieldhouse

Sherman Fieldhouse

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Fishing Area

Sherman Fishing Area

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Fitness Center

Sherman Fitness Center

Location: 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: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Gymnasium

Sherman Gymnasium

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Park Lagoon

Sherman Park Lagoon

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Clubroom

Sherman Clubroom

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Playground

Sherman PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Tennis Court

Sherman Tennis Court

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Volleyball

Sherman Volleyball

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Sherman Spray Pool

Sherman Spray Pool

Location: 1301 W. 52nd St.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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 - 5 on 5 at Sherman 92174OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$69.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Sherman 111286InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$9.00
Flag Football at Sherman 92900InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13MaleFrom September 16, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$2.00
Flag Football at Sherman 92901InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 17MaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$2.00
Homework Time at Sherman 93148InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
Free
Kickboxing at Sherman 111282InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$9.00
Music and Movement at Sherman 93914InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
$2.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 94422InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 17MaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$2.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 94423InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17MaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$2.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 94424InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 18, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$2.00
Seasonal Sports at Sherman 94425InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16FemaleFrom September 18, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$2.00
Small Group Personal Training at Sherman 111284InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to October 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Sherman 111283InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom October 29, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Sports Conditioning at Sherman 111285InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Step Aerobics at Sherman 94705InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Teen Club at Sherman 94863OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18MaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$4.00
Teen Club at Sherman 94862OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 8pm
$2.00

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1301 W. 52nd St. 5
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1301 W. 52nd St. 2
Fieldhouse 1301 W. 52nd St. 1
Fishing Areas 1301 W. 52nd St. 1
Fitness Centers 1301 W. 52nd St. 1 M-F, 11-8:45pm; Sa, 114pm. Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 1301 W. 52nd St. 1
Gymnasiums 1301 W. 52nd St. 2
Lagoons and Ponds 1301 W. 52nd St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 1301 W. 52nd St. 2
Playgrounds 1301 W. 52nd St. 0
Swimming Pools 1301 W. 52nd St. 0
Tennis Courts 1301 W. 52nd St. 2
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 1301 W. 52nd St. 1
Water Spray Features 1301 W. 52nd St. 1
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.