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

Welles PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 2333. W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Renovated Winter 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment , Rubberized Surface

Welles Park Pool

Welles Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)742-7515

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift

6/19-25 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 6/7/2017 - 6/25/2017

6/26-8/6 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 6/7/2017 - 8/6/2017

8/7-27 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 6/9/2017 - 8/27/2017

8/28-9/4 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 6/7/2017 - 9/4/2017

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

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

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
T-Ball League at Welles 181291InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/28 21:00From April 28, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$33.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Welles 195138OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 19:15From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 195162InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/21 18:15From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 195161InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/23 18:15From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 195238InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/20 18:15From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 195237InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/21 14:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 195239InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/22 18:15From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 195262InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:45From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 195261InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 23:45From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Welles 195281InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 195388OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/06/18 16:00From June 18, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to 1:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 195387OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/06/18 18:30From June 18, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 195385OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2017 to August 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 195386OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/07/01 00:00From June 30, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Welles 195421Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$145.00
Boot Camp at Welles 195974InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 11:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$28.00
Boot Camp at Welles 199182InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/07/25 11:30From July 25, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$14.00
Boot Camp at Welles Cancelled195972InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 12:45From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$28.00
Boot Camp at Welles 195975InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 11:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$28.00
Boot Camp at Welles 199183InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/07/20 11:30From July 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$14.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Welles 195584CampsCamps - General Interest8 and upCoed2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$166.00
Day Camp at Welles 195700CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$423.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Welles 195893InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 12Coed2017/06/24 17:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Family Swim at Welles 195941OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
$0
Lap Swim at Welles 196341OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 12:30From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
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
$40.00
Leadership Camp at Welles 196407CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 13:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
$180.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 196600InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 21:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 196606InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 22:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 196605InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/21 21:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 196604InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/22 21:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 196607InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/22 22:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 196608InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:45From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 196603InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/23 21:30From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 196601InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 19:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 196602InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 20:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Welles 196632InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/06/24 14:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$28.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 196653InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/06/20 15:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$20.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 196655InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/06/20 16:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$20.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 196654InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/06/22 15:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$20.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 196656InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/06/22 16:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$20.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Welles 196769OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/24 15:45From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:45am to Noon
$0
Sand Volleyball Open at Welles 196950OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/29 00:00From June 28, 2017 to August 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Welles 201797InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/07/27 12:45From July 27, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$28.00
Small Group Personal Training at Welles 195973InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 12:45From June 22, 2017 to July 20, 2017
Each Thursday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$28.00
Sports Camp (Special Recreation) at Welles 197051CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2017/08/21 19:00From August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
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
Sports Camp at Welles 197097CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/06/26 20:00From June 26, 2017 to July 14, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$50.00
Sports Camp at Welles 197095CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/07/17 20:00From July 17, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$50.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 197192InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 22:30From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$35.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 197597OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/06/27 00:00From June 26, 2017 to August 28, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$28.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 197596OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/06/27 00:00From June 26, 2017 to August 28, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$5.00
Yoga at Welles 199179InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/06/20 12:45From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:45am to 8:45am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 197679InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/20 14:15From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$28.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 201795InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/07/25 14:15From July 25, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$14.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 201796InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/07/27 14:15From July 27, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$14.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 197680InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/22 14:15From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$28.00
Youth Swim at Welles 197715OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 20:30From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$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.