Welles Park

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

Please note: Welles Park pool will be closed beginning Dec 8 through the Winter 2015 session due to major renovations of the deck, gutters, drains, and locker rooms. Check out the nearby by pools. 25 yard pools at Gill and Eckhart Parks or smaller ones at Amundsen HS, Mather HS, Uplift HS, or Independence Park.

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.

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.
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

Welles Park - Frank's Hot Dogs

Welles Park - Frank's Hot Dogs

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside

Hours:

Phone: (312)477-9592

Welles Fieldhouse

Welles Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours: , ,

Welles Fitness Center

Welles Fitness Center

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: 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

Welles Football/Soccer

Welles Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Descriptors: Full

Welles Gazebo

Welles Gazebo

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Gazebo

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 Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: North playground accessible

Welles Park Pool

Welles Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)742-7515

The pool will be closed beginning Dec 8 - Winter 2015 Session for major renovations.  Nearby Pools: 25yd Gill & Eckhart Park or smaller pools at Amundsen HS, Mather, HS, Uplift HS, and  Independence Park.

Notice Valid From: 11/7/2014 - 3/31/2015

Welles Tennis Court

Welles Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Descriptors: Lighted

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

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Welles 112470Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2014 to May 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$600.00
Play School - Fall Winter Spring at Welles 112474Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/16 15:45From September 16, 2014 to May 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$150.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Leadership Club (Special Rec) at Welles 100301InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
$8.00
Arts & Crafts at Welles 98703InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, March 7, 2015
$36.00
Arts & Crafts Workshop - Family at Welles 112879InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2015/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, March 7, 2015
$36.00
Basketball League at Welles 113182Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Basketball League at Welles 99049Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$100.00
Basketball League Partnership at Welles 99050PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$75.00
Basketball League Partnership at Welles 113199PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/01/08 01:30From January 7, 2015 to March 27, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 9pm
$75.00
Bitty Basketball at Welles 113202InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Bitty Basketball at Welles 113201InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/01/10 14:45From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 8:45am to 11:30am
$30.00
Boot Camp at Welles 99610InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 12:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45am to 7:45am
$20.00
Boot Camp at Welles 114870InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 14:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$20.00
Boot Camp at Welles 113395InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 12:45From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:45am to 7:45am
$20.00
Boot Camp at Welles 99611InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 14:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$20.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Welles 99139InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2015/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 99242InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 113394InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 16:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Welles 99354InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$0
Fun and Games at Welles 99695InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$29.00
Fun with Food at Welles 113198InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$20.00
Fun with Food at Welles 113197InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$20.00
Gymnastics at Welles 99763InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/01/06 21:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$25.00
Gymnastics at Welles 101123InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$25.00
Kiddie College - Winter at Welles 112468InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
$200.00
Little Artists at Welles 98702InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, March 7, 2015
$36.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Welles 100361InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6y 8m but less than 10Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$10.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 100395InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 100396InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 113396InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 16:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 113397InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 113398InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 100397InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$12.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 100483InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/01/09 15:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$35.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 100484InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/01/09 16:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$35.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 100417InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/05 16:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
$29.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 100418InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/05 17:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
$29.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 113200InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/05 20:45From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
$29.00
Play School - Winter at Welles 112472InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 16:45From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$50.00
Seasonal Sports (Special Recreation) at Welles 101160InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 101236InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 20:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$29.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 101239InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 21:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$29.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 101237InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$10.00
Soccer at Welles 101238InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$10.00
Soccer at Welles 101483InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$29.00
Soccer at Welles 113183InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/01/08 23:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$10.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Welles 99324InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs8 and upCoed2015/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$4.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Welles 101515InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
$7.00
Storytime at Welles 101568InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$29.00
Team Gymnastics at Welles 101628InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2015/01/05 21:45From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 19, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
$25.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 101653InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Welles 101996InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 20:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$29.00
Tot Spot at Welles 102029OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/01/07 15:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$25.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 102121OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$5.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 102120OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$25.00
Volleyball at Welles 102171InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$10.00
Yoga at Welles 101006InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/09 14:45From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 8:45am to 9:45am
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 102310InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 102311InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 15:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$20.00

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Please note: Welles Park pool will be closed beginning Dec 8 through the Winter 2015 session due to major renovations of the deck, gutters, drains, and locker rooms. Check out the nearby by pools. 25 yard pools at Gill and Eckhart Parks or smaller ones at Amundsen HS, Mather HS, Uplift HS, or Independence Park.

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.

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.