Chicago Park District
Welles Park Tumbler at Citywide Meet

Citywide Tumbling Meet

Playground at Welles Park

Enjoying the playground!

Welles Park Gazebo

Welcome to Welles Park!

Welles Park Athletes Marching in Special Olympics Opening Ceremony at Soldier Field

Athletes at Special Olympics Opening Ceremony

Welles Park Fitness Center

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Girls basektball league in the gym at Welles Park

Girls playing hoops in the gym.


Welles Park

2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Chicago IL 60625

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm

Fieldhouse: Mon-Fri 7am - 10pm Sa 9am - 5pm Su 10:30am - 3:30pm

Park Supervisor:
Becky Kliber

(312) 742-7511



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 a strong Junior Bears football program. Preschoolers get involved in tot soccer, floor hockey, tumbling and various play groups, while older children can participate in tumbling, dance, swimming and many sports. Welles Park also provides activities for adults and children who are developmentally disabled through its therapeutic recreation programs.


Online registration for our park begins Tuesday, February 25 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

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Baseball Field 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 5
Concessions Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside 1 Food & Beverage, 11:30am - 7:30pm, 773.339.9973
Fieldhouse 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 0
Fitness Centers 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1 M - F, 7 - 9 pm; Sa, 9:30 - 4pm; Su, 11 - 3 pm; closed 1-2 pm weekdays for cleaning; ADA accessible equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer - Grass 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Full 1
Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1 Gazebo
Gymnasiums 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1
Horseshoe Pits 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 10
Meeting/Event Space 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 7 Clubroom
Picnic Groves 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 7
Playgrounds 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Rubberized Surface 2 North playground accessible
Swimming Pools - Indoor 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 0 Spring Season Pool Schedule Accessibility feature: Lift, ADA stairs, ADA Companion Room
Tennis Courts 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Lighted 3
Volleyball Courts- Outdoor 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1 Sand
Water Spray Features 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1 North playground
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.

Contact: Stephen Waguespack

Contact Title: President

Phone: (312) 742-7511


Meeting Date/Time:  All meetings at 7:00 p.m.

March 4, 2013

May 6, 2013

July 1, 2013

August 5, 2013

September 9, 2013

November 4, 2013



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



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