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 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 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

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

Hours: , ,

Notes: Closed 1-2 pm weekdays for cleaning Sign up for a membership

Welles Football/Soccer

Welles Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Descriptors: Full

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 Tennis Court

Welles Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Tennis Courts will be closed for renovation until mid-July.

Notice Valid From: 6/2/2015 - 7/30/2015

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

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 120661OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/15 19:15From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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 117931InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/17 18:15From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 117930InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/19 18:15From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 117996InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/16 18:15From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 117995InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/17 14:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 117997InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/18 18:15From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 118026InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 23:45From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 118025InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/19 23:45From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Welles 119747InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$26.00
Bags at Welles 131745OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/07/10 20:30From July 10, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Baseball Camp at Welles 131599CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 132246OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/06/14 16:00From June 14, 2015 to August 30, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 132245OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2015/06/14 18:00From June 14, 2015 to August 30, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 118158OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/06/17 00:00From June 16, 2015 to September 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 118159OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/27 00:00From June 26, 2015 to August 28, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$0
Basketball League at Welles 118187Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/07/02 23:30From July 2, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$100.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Welles 118342CampsCamps - General Interest8 and upCoed2015/06/29 14:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$155.00
Day Camp at Welles 118452CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$383.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Welles 131600InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2015/06/20 17:30From June 20, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$26.00
Family Swim at Welles 118967OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/15 16:00From June 15, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015 from Noon to 2pm
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 11am to 12:45pm
$0
Family Swim at Welles 118967OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/15 16:00From June 15, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015 from Noon to 2pm
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 11am to 12:45pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 121560InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 11:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$21.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 119037InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 12:45From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$21.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 121561InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 11:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$21.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 119038InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 12:45From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$21.00
Lap Swim at Welles 119425OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/15 18:00From June 15, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
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:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015 from 10:15am to 11:45am
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 1pm to 2:45pm
Monday, August 31, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
Friday, September 4, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
$40.00
Lap Swim at Welles 119425OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/15 18:00From June 15, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
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:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015 from 10:15am to 11:45am
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 1pm to 2:45pm
Monday, August 31, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
Friday, September 4, 2015 from 7:30am to 8:45am
$40.00
Leadership Camp at Welles 119487CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/23 13:30From June 23, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$168.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 119672InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 21:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 119678InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 22:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 119677InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/17 21:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 119676InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/18 21:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 119679InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/18 22:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 119680InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:45From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 119675InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/19 21:30From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 119673InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 19:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 119674InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$28.00
Little Artists at Welles 119746InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/20 14:30From June 20, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$26.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 119727InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/06/16 15:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 132240InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/06/16 16:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 119728InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/06/18 15:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 132241InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/06/18 16:30From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$13.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Welles 120801OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 7Coed2015/06/20 15:45From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:45am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
POST Adult Swim at Welles 131242OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 19:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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 Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Family Swim at Welles 131243OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 11am to 12:45pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Welles 131243OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 11am to 12:45pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Welles 133539OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/10 15:15From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Lap Swim at Welles 131245OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 18:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
From August 24, 2015 to August 28, 2015
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
Plus the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 1pm to 2:45pm
$40.00
POST Lap Swim at Welles 131245OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 18:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
From August 24, 2015 to August 28, 2015
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
Plus the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 1pm to 2:45pm
$40.00
POST Open Swim at Welles 133540OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/10 16:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Welles 131248OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/29 15:45From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:45am to Noon
$0
POST Senior Swim at Welles 133538OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/10 14:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Senior Swim at Welles 131246OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/25 18:15From August 25, 2015 to September 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Welles 133565OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday, August 28, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Welles 133565OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday, August 28, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Welles 133565OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday, August 28, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Welles 133565OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday, August 28, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Welles 133565OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday, August 28, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Welles 133565OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday, August 28, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Welles 133565OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday, August 28, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Welles Cancelled131244OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Sand Volleyball Open at Welles 120964OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/06/18 00:00From June 17, 2015 to August 26, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$26.00
Sports Camp (Special Recreation) at Welles 121059CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2015/08/24 19:00From August 24, 2015 to August 28, 2015
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 131602CampsCamps - SportsAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to July 9, 2015
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
$20.00
Sports Camp at Welles 131603CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/07/13 21:00From July 13, 2015 to July 23, 2015
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
$20.00
Sports Camp at Welles 131601CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/07/27 21:00From July 27, 2015 to August 6, 2015
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
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 121195InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 22:30From June 15, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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, September 7, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
$28.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 121465OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/06/16 00:00From June 15, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$26.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 121464OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 00:00From June 15, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$6.00
Yoga at Welles 132248InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2015/06/19 12:30From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:30am
$0
Yoga at Welles 132250InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/19 13:45From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 8:45am to 9:45am
$21.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 132243InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/16 14:15From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$21.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 132247InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/18 14:15From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$21.00
Youth Swim at Welles 120668OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 20:30From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Youth Swim at Welles 120668OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 20:30From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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:
Friday, July 3, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 3, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
$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 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.