Welles Park

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

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: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Park - Crepes in the Park

Welles Park - Crepes in the Park

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Park - Frank's Hot Dogs

Welles Park - Frank's Hot Dogs

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside

Welles Fieldhouse

Welles Fieldhouse

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Fitness Center

Welles Fitness Center

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: M - F, 7 - 9 pm; Sa, 9:30 - 4pm; Su, 11 - 3 pm; closed 1-2 pm weekdays for cleaning; ADA accessible equipment Sign up for a membership

Welles Football/Soccer

Welles Football/Soccer

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Descriptors: Full

Welles Gazebo

Welles Gazebo

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Gazebo

Welles Gymnasium

Welles Gymnasium

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Horseshoe

Welles Horseshoe

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Clubroom

Welles Clubroom

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Welles Picnic Grove

Welles Picnic Grove

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Playground

Welles PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: North playground accessible

Welles Tennis Court

Welles Tennis Court

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Descriptors: Lighted

Welles Sand Volleyball

Welles Sand Volleyball

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Sand

Welles Water Spray Feature

Welles Water Spray Feature

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: North playground

Events

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Welles 70802Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemaleFrom May 7, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$245.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Welles 81824Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemaleFrom May 7, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
$245.00
16" Softball League at Welles 81824Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemaleFrom May 7, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
$245.00
16" Softball League at Welles 81824Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemaleFrom May 7, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
$245.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 81836InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 81835InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 4, 2014
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 81895InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 81894InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 81896InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 81923InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 81922InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 4, 2014
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 111094OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom July 1, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$25.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 82050OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Free
Basketball League at Welles 82083Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom June 26, 2014 to September 18, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, July 3, 2014
$245.00
Cheerleading - Competitive at Welles Cancelled86316InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 13FemaleFrom August 13, 2014 to November 8, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
$25.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Welles 82197CampsCamps - General Interest8 and upCoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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 4, 2014
$152.00
Day Camp at Welles 82320CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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 4, 2014
$375.00
Family Swim at Welles 86418OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 86934InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$15.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 86935InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 8:45am to 9:30am
$15.00
Gymnastics Camp at Welles 95618CampsCamps - SportsAt least 7 but less than 15CoedFrom August 12, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Friday from 9am to 1pm
$30.00
Junior Bear Football at Welles Cancelled82735InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14CoedFrom July 8, 2014 to November 8, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Free
Lap Swim at Welles 87404OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to September 14, 2014
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
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 Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10:30am
$40.00
Leadership Camp at Welles 82794CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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:
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
$165.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 82962InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 82968InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 82967InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 82966InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 82969InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 82970InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 82965InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 4, 2014
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 82963InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 82964InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$22.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 86925Family_InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$11.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 86926Family_InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$11.00
Nature Fun at Welles 86940InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 7CoedFrom July 12, 2014 to August 9, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$18.00
Nature Fun at Welles 86941InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom July 12, 2014 to August 9, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$18.00
Open Swim at Welles 86419OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Welles 86421OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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
Free
Parent and Tot Swim at Welles 86422OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6CoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:45am to Noon
Free
Pickleball at Welles 86318OpenSports - Pickleball18 and upCoedFrom June 20, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 4, 2014
$10.00
Sand Volleyball at Welles 83216OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 12, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Sports Camp - Special Recreation at Welles 111824CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoedFrom August 25, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
Free
TEAM Sports at Welles 83390InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 29, 2014
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:
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
$28.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 83615OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$25.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 83614OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$8.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 86927InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:30am
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 86928InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:30am
$20.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise (Special Recreation) at Welles 91856InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
$6.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 91863InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 91864InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 91862InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 91938InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 91939InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 91940InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 91943InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 91941InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 91942InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 91992InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 91993InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Arts & Crafts Workshop - Family at Welles 111794InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$36.00
Basketball - 5 on 5 at Welles 92179Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 18, 2014 to December 11, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$245.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 92359OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$25.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 92356OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Free
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Welles 92457InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Free
Chair Exercise at Welles 111795InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Free
Chair Exercise at Welles 111797InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
Free
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Welles 92671InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Free
Family Swim at Welles 111877OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Free
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 92865InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:45am to 7:45am
$20.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Welles 92866InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:45am to 7:45am
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Welles 111792InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$29.00
Floor Hockey at Welles 111793InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$29.00
Fun with Food at Welles 111799InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$20.00
Kiddie College at Welles 93512InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom 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
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
$600.00
Lap Swim at Welles 111874OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 4, 2015
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 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
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 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 93679InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Free
Learn to Swim at Welles 93684InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Leisure Education (Special Recreation) at Welles 93702InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
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, October 21, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
$8.00
Little Artists at Welles 92081InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$36.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 93796InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 93796InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 110618InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 93797InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 110619InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 110620InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 110621InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$12.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Welles 93782InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
$29.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Welles 93814InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
$29.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Welles 110827InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 13, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
$29.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 93879InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 24, 2014
$35.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 93880InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 24, 2014
$35.00
Open Swim at Welles 111875OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
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
Free
Open Swim at Welles 111876OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 29, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Pickleball at Welles 92357InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 31, 2014
$25.00
Play School at Welles 94222InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to May 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
$150.00
Running Group at Welles 110616InstructionWellness - Walking18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$20.00
Running Group at Welles 111832InstructionWellness - Walking18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$20.00
Running Group at Welles Cancelled110617InstructionWellness - Walking18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$20.00
Seasonal Sports (Special Recreation) at Welles 94331InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 94438InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
$29.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 94439InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 23, 2014
$29.00
Soccer at Welles 94590InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
$29.00
Soccer at Welles 111789InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$29.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Welles 92631InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs8 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 24, 2014
$4.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Welles 94623InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 25, 2014
$7.00
Storytime at Welles 94713InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 23, 2014
$29.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 94819InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 94818InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 95140InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5y 1m CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 95141InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 95143InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 95142InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 95207InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 95208InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 95210InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 95209InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Welles 95250InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
$29.00
Tot Spot at Welles 95284OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
$25.00
Volleyball at Welles 95428InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 15, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$25.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 95430OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 8, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$5.00
Yoga at Welles 95577InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 8:45am to 9:45am
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 95575InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 95576InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$20.00

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 5
Concessions 0
Concessions Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside 0
Fieldhouse 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 0
Fitness Centers 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1 M - F, 7 - 9 pm; Sa, 9:30 - 4pm; Su, 11 - 3 pm; closed 1-2 pm weekdays for cleaning; ADA accessible equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Full 1
Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1 Gazebo
Gymnasiums 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1
Horseshoe Pits 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 10
Meeting/Event Space 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 7 Clubroom
Picnic Groves 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 7
Playgrounds 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 0 North playground accessible
Swimming Pools 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Lighted 3
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1 Sand
Water Spray Features 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. 1 North playground
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.