Welles Park

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

Located in the heart of Lincoln Square at Lincoln and Montrose Avenues sits the 15-acre Welles Park, a gathering place for musicians and sports and fitness enthusiasts of all kinds. Many residents enjoy the park’s indoor pool—using it year-round for lap swims, instruction, and aqua exercise. Others visit Welles Park’s fitness center for a workout, while some prefer a leisurely game of horseshoes at the park’s outdoor pits.

The Chicago Park District installed and unveiled a green, wrought-iron, European-style gazebo on the west side of the park as a centerpiece for the Lincoln Square community. Equipped with electricity for lights and sound, the gazebo is used for outdoor concerts, storytelling and other performances.

In Spring 2010 the park district unveiled a new action packed ADA accessible/softsurface playground for community children. On the many fields at Welles Park, one can find baseball, softball, track and field, and football. Preschoolers get involved in tot soccer, floor hockey, tumbling and various play groups, while older children can participate in tumbling, arts & crafts, swimming and many sports. Welles Park also provides activities for adults and children who are developmentally disabled through its therapeutic recreation programs.

History

One of five parks created by the Lincoln Park Commission and named for a member of President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet, Welles Park honors Gideon Welles (1802-1878), Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869. Since the Lincoln Park Commission's formation in 1869, its primary responsibility was to improve and manage Lincoln Park and its connecting boulevards. By 1908, the commissioners were impressed with new neighborhood parks on Chicago's south and west sides, and began efforts to create similar parks on the city's north side. In 1910, the Lincoln Park Commission transformed an initial 8-acre site into Welles Park. The commissioners began leasing a large property just east of the park in 1922, and several years later they purchased the additional acreage to permanently enlarge Welles Park. A small fieldhouse opened in Welles Park in 1915. This was replaced by a modern facility in 1970. In the 1920s, Abe Saperstein (1902-1966) began his career as a basketball coach in the Welles Park fieldhouse. Saperstein soon recruited south side African-American basketball players to play at a Jewish youth center in the Maxwell Street neighborhood. In 1927, he began coaching a semi-professional black basketball team. Known as the Savoy Big Five, because they played twice a week at the south side Savoy Ballroom. Saperstein soon took the team on the road, driving the players in his own Model T Ford. He renamed the team the Harlem Globetrotters to suggest an all-black travelling team. Saperstein encouraged the players to do trick moves with the basketball, and they became the one of the world's most entertaining and well-known basketball teams. In 1971, Abe Saperstein was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Free street parking available around the park. Parking is limited; therefore, public transportation is highly encouraged.
Creating a New Universe

Creating a New Universe (1)

Location Notes: East Wall of Gymnasium Building

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Welles Gazebo

Welles Gazebo

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Gazebo

Welles Diamond

Welles Diamond

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Park - Crepes in the Park

Welles Park - Crepes in the Park

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)659-8690

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Welles Park - Mama Lucy's

Welles Park - Mama Lucy's

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (224) 624-0096

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Welles Fieldhouse

Welles Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours: , ,

Welles Fitness Center

Welles Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Closed 1-2 pm weekdays for cleaning

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year, Senior (Limited Hrs)

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Welles Football/Soccer

Welles Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Welles Gymnasium

Welles Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Horseshoe

Welles Horseshoe

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Clubroom

Welles Clubroom

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Welles Picnic Grove

Welles Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Playground

Welles PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 2333. W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Renovated Winter 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment , Rubberized Surface

Welles 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

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Welles 166658Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to June 1, 2017$624.00
Play School - Fall Winter Spring at Welles 167453Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 15:45From September 20, 2016 to June 1, 2017$156.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Welles 171942InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 18:30From January 14, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$39.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 172139OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 172137OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball League at Welles 172291Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$145.00
Basketball League Partnership at Welles 172293PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/01/10 20:30From January 10, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 9pm
$75.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Welles 172804InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$39.00
Lap Swim at Welles 173485OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to April 2, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 7:45pm to 9pm
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Little Artists at Welles 173679InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 15:30From January 14, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$39.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 174761InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 174762InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2017/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$35.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Welles 178180OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 19:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise (Special Rec) at Welles 178188InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 16:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$9.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 178212InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 178213InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 18:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 178211InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 18:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 178285InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 178286InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 178287InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 178290InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 14:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 178288InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 178289InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 18:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 178332InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 178333InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Welles 178404InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 17:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$40.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 178640OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/04/09 16:00From April 9, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 178641OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/04/09 17:30From April 9, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 178638OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$29.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 178639OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 00:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball League at Welles 178726Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to June 22, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$149.00
Boot Camp at Welles 179263InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 11:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$29.00
Boot Camp at Welles 193374InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/05/09 11:30From May 9, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$15.00
Boot Camp at Welles 193375InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/05/11 11:30From May 11, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$15.00
Boot Camp at Welles 179264InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 11:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$29.00
Boot Camp at Welles 179351InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/04/07 20:45From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$14.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Welles 178817InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/04/05 20:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 178924InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 1, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 178925InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Welles 179044InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
$0
Family Arts and Crafts at Welles 179186InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$40.00
Family Swim at Welles 179212OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 11, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 2:15pm
$0
Fitness & Nutrition (Special Rec) at Welles 179231InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 18:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
$0
Fun and Games at Welles 179340InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/07 19:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$33.00
Gymnastics at Welles 179409InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/04/04 20:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$29.00
Gymnastics at Welles 179408InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$29.00
Kiddie College - Spring at Welles 179780InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2017 to June 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$208.00
Lacrosse at Welles 179822InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Lap Swim at Welles 179837OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 12:30From April 3, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 7:45pm to 9pm
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Leadership Club (Special Recreation) at Welles 179843InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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 2, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
$12.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 180003InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Welles 180007InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 180008InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 180006InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 180002InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 180004InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 19:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 180005InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 20:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Welles 180044InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 14:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$40.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Welles 180082InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Mighty Munchkins at Welles 179350InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 19:45From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$25.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Welles 180118InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 15:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$21.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Welles 180122InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 16:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$21.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 180121InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$21.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 180119InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 15:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$21.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 180120InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$21.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 180123InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 16:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$21.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 180170InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/04/07 14:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10am
$33.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 180171InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/04/07 15:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$33.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 180320InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/03 15:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 29, 2017
$33.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 180319InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/03 16:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 29, 2017
$33.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 180321InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/03 19:45From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 29, 2017
$33.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Welles 180326InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 19:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$33.00
Parent & Tot T-Ball at Welles 180331InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/04/08 14:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, May 27, 2017
$33.00
Parent & Tot T-Ball at Welles 180328InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/04/08 15:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, May 27, 2017
$33.00
Parent & Tot T-Ball at Welles 180329InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/04/08 16:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, May 27, 2017
$33.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Welles 180335OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$0
Play School - Spring at Welles 180606InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 15:45From April 4, 2017 to June 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
$53.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 180808InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Soccer at Welles 181080InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 20:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$33.00
Soccer at Welles 181078InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Soccer at Welles 181077InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Soccer at Welles 181079InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 7Coed2017/04/06 22:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Welles 181110InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs8 and upCoed2017/04/07 20:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 5, 2017
$8.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Welles 181132InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, May 4, 2017
$10.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Welles 181131InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017
$11.00
Sports Conditioning at Welles 181152InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/04/06 21:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$0
Storytime & Crafts at Welles 181212InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$33.00
Strength & Conditioning at Welles 181242InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 18:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
T-Ball League at Welles 181291InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/28 21:00From April 28, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$33.00
Team Gymnastics at Welles 181336InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 29, 2017
$29.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 181360InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 29, 2017
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 181361InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2017/04/07 14:00From April 7, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$35.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Welles 181600InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 20:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$33.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 181639InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 181640InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2017/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 181642InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 181641InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2017/04/06 14:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 181709InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 181710InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 181712InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 181711InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Welles 181743InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 19:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$33.00
Tot Spot at Welles 181785OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/04/05 14:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$29.00
Track & Field at Welles 181818InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/04/07 22:15From April 7, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 181978OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 12, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$29.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 181979OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 12, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$6.00
Volleyball at Welles 182002InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Volleyball League Partnership at Welles 193383PartnershipGroupSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2017 to May 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
$245.00
Walking Club at Welles 178926OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2017/04/07 19:45From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 5, 2017
$0
Yoga at Welles 182145InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/07 13:45From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 8:45am to 9:45am
$29.00
Yoga at Welles 193376InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/05/12 13:45From May 12, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 8:45am to 9:45am
$15.00
Yoga at Welles 182146InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:45From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 182165InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$29.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 193377InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/05/09 14:15From May 9, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 182166InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/05/11 14:15From May 11, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 198282InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/06 14:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$29.00
Youth Swim at Welles 182188OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$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.