Welles Park

  • 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60625 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Becky Kliber
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7511

Located in the heart of Lincoln Square at Lincoln and Montrose Avenues sits the 15-acre Welles Park, a gathering place for musicians and sports and fitness enthusiasts of all kinds. Many residents enjoy the park’s indoor pool—using it year-round for lap swims, instruction, and aqua exercise. Others visit Welles Park’s fitness center for a workout, while some prefer a leisurely game of horseshoes at the park’s outdoor pits.

The Chicago Park District installed and unveiled a green, wrought-iron, European-style gazebo on the west side of the park as a centerpiece for the Lincoln Square community. Equipped with electricity for lights and sound, the gazebo is used for outdoor concerts, storytelling and other performances.

In Spring 2010 the park district unveiled a new action packed ADA accessible/softsurface playground for community children. On the many fields at Welles Park, one can find baseball, softball, track and field, and football. Preschoolers get involved in tot soccer, floor hockey, tumbling and various play groups, while older children can participate in tumbling, arts & crafts, swimming and many sports. Welles Park also provides activities for adults and children who are developmentally disabled through its therapeutic recreation programs.

History

One of five parks created by the Lincoln Park Commission and named for a member of President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, Welles Park honors Gideon Welles (1802-1878), Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869. Since the Lincoln Park Commission's formation in 1869, its primary responsibility was to improve and manage Lincoln Park and its connecting boulevards. By 1908, the commissioners were impressed with new neighborhood parks on Chicago's south and west sides, and began efforts to create similar parks on the city's north side. In 1910, the Lincoln Park Commission transformed an initial 8-acre site into Welles Park. The commissioners began leasing a large property just east of the park in 1922, and several years later they purchased the additional acreage to permanently enlarge Welles Park. A small fieldhouse opened in Welles Park in 1915. This was replaced by a modern facility in 1970. In the 1920s, Abe Saperstein (1902-1966) began his career as a basketball coach in the Welles Park fieldhouse. Saperstein soon recruited south side African-American basketball players to play at a Jewish youth center in the Maxwell Street neighborhood. In 1927, he began coaching a semi-professional black basketball team. Known as the Savoy Big Five, because they played twice a week at the south side Savoy Ballroom. Saperstein soon took the team on the road, driving the players in his own Model T Ford. He renamed the team the Harlem Globetrotters to suggest an all-black travelling team. Saperstein encouraged the players to do trick moves with the basketball, and they became the one of the world's most entertaining and well-known basketball teams. In 1971, Abe Saperstein was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

Parking/Directions

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

Free street parking available around the park. Parking is limited; therefore, public transportation is highly encouraged.
Creating a New Universe

Creating a New Universe (1)

Location Notes: East Wall of Gymnasium Building

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Welles Gazebo

Welles Gazebo

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Gazebo

Welles Diamond

Welles Diamond

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Park - Crepes in the Park

Welles Park - Crepes in the Park

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)659-8690

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Welles Park - Mama Lucy's

Welles Park - Mama Lucy's

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (224) 624-0096

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Welles Fieldhouse

Welles Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours: , ,

Welles Fitness Center

Welles Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Closed 1-2 pm weekdays for cleaning

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year, Senior (Limited Hrs)

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Welles Football/Soccer

Welles Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Welles Gymnasium

Welles Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Horseshoe

Welles Horseshoe

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Clubroom

Welles Clubroom

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Welles Picnic Grove

Welles Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Playground - N

Welles Playground - NAccessible

Location: 2333. W. Sunnyside Ave.

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment , Rubberized Surface

Welles Tennis Court

Welles Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Sand Volleyball

Welles Sand Volleyball

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Sand

Welles Water Spray Feature

Welles Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: North playground

Events

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 Welles 156195OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 156194OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2016/06/19 18:00From June 19, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 156192OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/06/29 00:00From June 28, 2016 to August 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$27.00
Basketball League at Welles 156229Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/23 23:30From June 23, 2016 to September 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$135.00
Family Swim at Welles 156737OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
$0
Lap Swim at Welles 156998OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$40.00
Sand Volleyball Open at Welles 158125OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/06/30 00:00From June 29, 2016 to August 31, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$27.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 158657OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/06/28 00:00From June 27, 2016 to August 29, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$27.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 158656OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2016/06/28 00:00From June 27, 2016 to August 29, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$5.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Leadership Club (Special Rec) at Welles 164810InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$10.00
Adult Swim at Welles 164821OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 19:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise (Special Recreation) at Welles 164829InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 16:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$8.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 164841InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 164842InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 164840InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 18:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 164922InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 164923InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 164924InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 164927InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 164925InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 164926InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 18:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 164971InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 164972InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Welles 165048InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/24 17:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$38.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 165245OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/09/18 16:00From September 18, 2016 to December 11, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 165246OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2016/09/18 19:00From September 18, 2016 to December 11, 2016
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 165243OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$27.00
Basketball at Welles 165320InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Basketball League at Welles 165361Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$145.00
Basketball Tournament at Welles 184510TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2016/12/13 00:00From December 12, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$30.00
Chair Exercise at Welles 165542InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 165543InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 184508InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 19:45From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$0
Cross Country at Welles 165667InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/09/08 22:00From September 8, 2016 to November 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Welles 165684InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Family Arts and Crafts at Welles 165846InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$38.00
Family Swim at Welles 165872OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 2:15pm
$0
Fitness & Nutrition (Special Rec) at Welles 165887InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 165922InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 11:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$25.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 165923InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 11:30From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Welles 166009InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Floor Hockey at Welles 166010InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Floor Hockey at Welles 166011InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$31.00
Floor Hockey at Welles 166012InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$31.00
Floor Hockey at Welles 166014InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$31.00
Fun and Games at Welles 166013InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 19:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$31.00
Fun with Food at Welles 185152InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 19:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$25.00
Fun with Food at Welles 185153InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/23 20:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$25.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Welles 166640InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$208.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Welles 166658Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to June 1, 2017$624.00
Lacrosse at Welles 166700InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2016 to November 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Lap Swim at Welles 166716OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Monday from 7:45pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 166888InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Welles 166892InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 166893InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 166891InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 166887InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 166889InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 19:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 166890InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 20:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Welles 166935InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$38.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Welles 166973InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Welles 185151InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$18.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Welles 167011InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$18.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 167010InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$18.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 167015InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 15:30From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$18.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 167012InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$18.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 167013InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 16:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$18.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 167066InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 14:15From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$37.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 167067InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 15:15From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$37.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 167241InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/19 15:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
$31.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 167242InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/19 16:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
$31.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 167240InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/19 19:45From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
$31.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Welles 167828InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 19:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$31.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Welles 167247OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$0
Pickleball - Open at Welles 165244OpenSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$20.00
Play School - Fall at Welles 167452InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 15:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$52.00
Play School - Fall Winter Spring at Welles 167453Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 15:45From September 20, 2016 to June 1, 2017$156.00
Recreational Tumbling at Welles 167680InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/20 20:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$27.00
Recreational Tumbling at Welles 167679InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$27.00
Seasonal Sports (Special Recreation) at Welles 167724InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$8.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 167827InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 167829InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 20:45From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$31.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 167826InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Soccer at Welles 168071InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 20:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$31.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Welles 168099InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs8 and upCoed2016/09/23 20:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
Special Olympics Bowling at Welles 168106InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2016/09/21 20:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Welles 168121InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
$9.00
Special Recreation Sports Camp at Welles 184509CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2016/12/06 20:00From December 6, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$0
Storytime & Crafts at Welles 168155InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$31.00
Strength & Conditioning at Welles 168182InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 18:15From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Team Gymnastics at Welles 168239InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
$27.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 168263InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 168264InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2016/09/23 14:00From September 23, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 168609InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 168610InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 168612InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 168611InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 14:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 168688InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 168689InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 168691InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 168690InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Welles 168732InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 19:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$31.00
Tot Spot at Welles 168763OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/09/21 14:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$27.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 168928OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$5.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 168927OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$27.00
Volleyball at Welles 168961InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Volleyball League at Welles 165362Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upMale2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$245.00
Yoga at Welles 169145InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/23 13:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 8:45am to 9:45am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$25.00
Yoga at Welles 169146InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2016/09/23 17:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 169163InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$25.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 169164InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 14:15From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$25.00
Youth Swim at Welles 169196OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0

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Located in the heart of Lincoln Square at Lincoln and Montrose Avenues sits the 15-acre Welles Park, a gathering place for musicians and sports and fitness enthusiasts of all kinds. Many residents enjoy the park’s indoor pool—using it year-round for lap swims, instruction, and aqua exercise. Others visit Welles Park’s fitness center for a workout, while some prefer a leisurely game of horseshoes at the park’s outdoor pits.

The Chicago Park District installed and unveiled a green, wrought-iron, European-style gazebo on the west side of the park as a centerpiece for the Lincoln Square community. Equipped with electricity for lights and sound, the gazebo is used for outdoor concerts, storytelling and other performances.

In Spring 2010 the park district unveiled a new action packed ADA accessible/softsurface playground for community children. On the many fields at Welles Park, one can find baseball, softball, track and field, and football. Preschoolers get involved in tot soccer, floor hockey, tumbling and various play groups, while older children can participate in tumbling, arts & crafts, swimming and many sports. Welles Park also provides activities for adults and children who are developmentally disabled through its therapeutic recreation programs.

One of five parks created by the Lincoln Park Commission and named for a member of President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, Welles Park honors Gideon Welles (1802-1878), Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869. Since the Lincoln Park Commission's formation in 1869, its primary responsibility was to improve and manage Lincoln Park and its connecting boulevards. By 1908, the commissioners were impressed with new neighborhood parks on Chicago's south and west sides, and began efforts to create similar parks on the city's north side. In 1910, the Lincoln Park Commission transformed an initial 8-acre site into Welles Park. The commissioners began leasing a large property just east of the park in 1922, and several years later they purchased the additional acreage to permanently enlarge Welles Park. A small fieldhouse opened in Welles Park in 1915. This was replaced by a modern facility in 1970. In the 1920s, Abe Saperstein (1902-1966) began his career as a basketball coach in the Welles Park fieldhouse. Saperstein soon recruited south side African-American basketball players to play at a Jewish youth center in the Maxwell Street neighborhood. In 1927, he began coaching a semi-professional black basketball team. Known as the Savoy Big Five, because they played twice a week at the south side Savoy Ballroom. Saperstein soon took the team on the road, driving the players in his own Model T Ford. He renamed the team the Harlem Globetrotters to suggest an all-black travelling team. Saperstein encouraged the players to do trick moves with the basketball, and they became the one of the world's most entertaining and well-known basketball teams. In 1971, Abe Saperstein was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

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

Free street parking available around the park. Parking is limited; therefore, public transportation is highly encouraged.