Welles Park

  • 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60625 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • 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 Park Pool

Welles Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)742-7515

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift

6/20-7/4 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 5/25/2016 - 7/5/2016

7/5 - 8/14 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 5/25/2016 - 8/15/2016

8/15-8/28 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 5/25/2016 - 8/29/2016

8/29-9/5 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 5/25/2016 - 9/6/2016

9/6-9/18 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 5/25/2016 - 9/19/2016

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

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Adult Swim at Welles 155947OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 19:15From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 155962InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/22 18:15From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 155961InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 18:15From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 156035InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 18:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 156034InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/22 14:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 156036InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 18:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 156058InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:45From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 156057InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/24 23:45From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Welles 156080InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 2, 2016
$27.00
Baseball Camp at Welles 156138CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$30.00
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 - Open at Welles 156084OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/07/08 20:30From July 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 156193OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/07/02 00:00From July 1, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
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
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Welles 156371CampsCamps - General Interest8 and upCoed2016/07/05 14:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$158.00
Day Camp at Welles 156484CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$403.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Welles 156678InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 12Coed2016/06/25 17:30From June 25, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 2, 2016
$27.00
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
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 156774InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 11:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$22.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 156772InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 12:45From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$22.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 156775InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 11:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$22.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 156773InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 12:45From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$22.00
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
Leadership Camp at Welles 157066CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/06/28 13:30From June 28, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$171.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 157248InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 21:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 157254InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 157253InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 21:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 157252InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/23 21:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 157255InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/23 22:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 157256InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:45From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 157251InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/24 21:30From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 157249InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/25 19:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 157250InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/25 20:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Welles 157281InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2016/06/25 14:30From June 25, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 2, 2016
$27.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 157306InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/06/21 15:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$14.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 157308InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/06/21 16:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$14.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 157307InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/06/23 15:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$14.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 157309InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/06/23 16:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$14.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Welles 157424OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/25 15:45From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:45am to Noon
$0
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
Softball Camp at Welles 159229CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 15Female2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$30.00
Sports Camp (Special Recreation) at Welles 158212CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2016/08/22 19:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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 158253CampsCamps - SportsAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to July 14, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$21.00
Sports Camp at Welles 158254CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/07/18 21:00From July 18, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$21.00
Sports Camp at Welles 158252CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/08/01 21:00From August 1, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$21.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 158344InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$28.00
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
Yoga at Welles 158723InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2016/06/24 12:30From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:30am
$0
Yoga at Welles 158724InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/24 13:45From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 8:45am to 9:45am
$22.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 158738InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/21 14:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$22.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 158739InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 14:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$22.00
Youth Swim at Welles 158766OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$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.