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 Spring 2015 session due to major renovations of the deck, gutters, drains, and locker rooms. Check out the nearby  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

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 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 - Spring 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 - 6/1/2015

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

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

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.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
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 Swim at Welles Cancelled106898OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/04/02 01:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise (Special Rec) at Welles Cancelled104861InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 16:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$5.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles Cancelled104884InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/30 18:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles Cancelled104885InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/01 18:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles Cancelled104886InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles Cancelled104948InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles Cancelled104952InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles Cancelled104950InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 18:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles Cancelled104949InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/01 14:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles Cancelled104953InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles Cancelled104951InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/02 18:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles Cancelled104986InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles Cancelled104987InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/03 00:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Welles 105079InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$37.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 132479OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/04/12 16:00From April 12, 2015 to June 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 132480OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 17Coed2015/04/12 18:00From April 12, 2015 to June 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 105304OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 107037OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball League at Welles 105407Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/09 23:30From April 9, 2015 to June 25, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$102.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Welles 105476InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2015/04/01 20:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 105574InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 129346InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/01 15:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Welles 105693InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
$0
Dodgeball - Open at Welles Cancelled104844OpenSports - Dodgeball18 and upCoed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$26.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Welles 129274InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2015/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2015 to May 30, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$37.00
Family Swim at Welles Cancelled105846OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/04/03 23:15From April 3, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$0
Fitness & Nutrition (Special Rec) at Welles 130146InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 18:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Welles 130145InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/31 18:15From March 31, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 129276InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 11:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45am to 7:45am
$21.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 105895InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 13:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$21.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 130696InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 11:45From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:45am to 7:45am
$21.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 105896InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 13:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$21.00
Fun and Games at Welles 105958InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 19:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$30.00
Fun with Food at Welles 129277InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 19:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$21.00
Fun with Food at Welles 129278InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$21.00
Gymnastics at Welles 107146InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/03/31 20:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$26.00
Gymnastics at Welles 107145InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$26.00
Kiddie College - Spring at Welles 112469InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2015 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
$204.00
Lacrosse at Welles 106355InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 22:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Leadership Club (Special Recreation) at Welles 106534InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2015/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 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, May 5, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
$9.00
Learn to Swim at Welles Cancelled106521InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Welles Cancelled106516InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles Cancelled106518InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles Cancelled106517InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles Cancelled106522InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles Cancelled106519InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 19:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles Cancelled106520InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Little Artists at Welles 105078InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$37.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Welles 106589InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 106621InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 15:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 108415InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 106622InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 15:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 108416InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 16:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 106623InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 108417InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$13.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 106706InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 14:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$36.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 106707InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 15:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$36.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 106642InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/03/30 15:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$30.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 106641InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/03/30 16:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$30.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 129347InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/03/30 19:45From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$30.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Welles 107284InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 19:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$30.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Welles Cancelled106931OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 7Coed2015/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2015 to May 30, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$0
Play School - Spring at Welles 112473InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 15:45From March 31, 2015 to May 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$51.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 107282InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Soccer at Welles 107525InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 20:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$30.00
Soccer at Welles 105787InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Soccer at Welles 105382InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Soccer at Welles 107524InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 7Coed2015/04/02 22:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$11.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Welles 107549InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2015/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 8, 2015
$5.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Welles 107574InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2015/03/31 20:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
$7.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Welles 107573InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, May 9, 2015
$8.00
Storytime & Crafts at Welles 107661InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$30.00
T-Ball at Welles 107723InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/17 21:00From April 17, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$31.00
T-Ball at Welles 107727InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/04/04 14:15From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$30.00
T-Ball at Welles 107724InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/04/04 15:15From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$30.00
T-Ball at Welles 107725InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/04/04 16:15From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:15am to Noon
$30.00
T-Ball at Welles 107726InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/04/04 17:15From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$30.00
Team Gymnastics at Welles 107803InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 20:45From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$26.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 107795InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Welles Cancelled107796InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2015/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$35.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Welles 107283InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 20:45From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles Cancelled108023InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 4Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles Cancelled108021InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles Cancelled108024InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles Cancelled108022InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/02 14:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles Cancelled108088InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles Cancelled108086InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles Cancelled108089InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles Cancelled108087InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 23:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Welles 108129InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 19:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Tot Spot at Welles 108169OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/01 14:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$26.00
Track & Field at Welles 108196InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/04/03 22:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 108281OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 15, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$26.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 108282OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 15, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 25, 2015
$6.00
Volleyball at Welles 108305InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Yoga at Welles 107050InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/03 13:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 8:45am to 9:45am
$21.00
Yoga at Welles 130147InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2015/04/03 17:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 108436InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$21.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 108437InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/02 14:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$21.00
Youth Swim at Welles Cancelled106905OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0

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Please note: Welles Park pool will be closed beginning Dec 8 through the Spring 2015 session due to major renovations of the deck, gutters, drains, and locker rooms. Check out the nearby  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.