Berger Park

  • 6205 N. Sheridan Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60660 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Justin "J.D." Ostergaard
  • Park Phone: (773) 761-0376
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Located on Sheriden Rd in the Edgewater community, the park overlooks beautiful Lake Michigan. As an early proponent of developing street-end beaches on Chicago's north side, Berger Park Cultural Center has now become a neighborhood icon.

Great for fun learning and excitement, events such as Concerts and Movies in the Park and the Annual Jewelry and Ceramics Show have contributed to the cultural façade of Chicago’s north shore area. Boasting programs that include a variety of cultural programs such as Jewelry Making, Acting, Guitar, Tap, Modern, Flamenco, Senior Line Dance and much more. The Cultural Center is currently home to one of the most popular ceramics program within the Chicago Park District.  Proud partner to some of Chicago's finest arts organizations, Berger offers patrons the unique opportunity to study with 3 Cat Productions, Ultimate School of Guitar and Soul and Duende Flamenco Dance.

For those looking to get a little exercise we offer Low Impact Aerobics and Conditioning. If you have little ones - check out the Play School program and Mom's, Pop's, & Tot's both crazy fun activities. Need something that keeps your children engaged after school?  We have our popular Park Kids program .  We can't forget our seniors...we have Bridge and Senior Craft Club, plus more.

This quaint historic landmark mansion features hardwood floors, original woodwork and antique light fixtures among other charming details--it could be the ideal place for your next special event.

The mansion also boasts a magnificent outdoor space along Lake Michigan with breathtaking  views. Located just minutes from downtown, this unique space offers many opportunities for special event and meeting rentals including three rooms that can be used individually for intimate gatherings or together for functions that can accommodate up to 100 guests.

In July 2005, a new state-of-the-art playground was dedicated. The 8,000-square-foot playground has an ADA-accessible drinking fountain and ADA-accessible equipment. In addition, the new playground features a play area shaped like a pirate ship, new drainage, soft surface tiles and rubber surfacing, new walkways, new concrete curbing, trash cans, benches--including a mosaic art bench--and new landscaping.

History

Berger Park honors Albert E. Berger (1900-1950), a native Chicagoan and Edgewater resident. Berger, who lived with his family in one of the large homes that lined the Sheridan Road before 1950, was a tax consultant and real estate developer, and a member of numerous philanthropic and civic groups. He was also an early proponent of developing street end beaches on Chicago's north side. Such beaches met the summertime recreational needs of Edgewater residents who lived beyond easy reach of the Lincoln Park beaches. By 1937, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation was operating 27 street-end beaches, including one at the end of Edgewater's Granville Avenue, near Berger's home. The city transferred Granville Beach and Park to the Chicago Park District in 1959. By this time, many of Edgewater's fashionable Sheridan Road homes had given way to modern highrises. In an attempt to address the recreational needs of the many apartment dwellers, the city in 1976 constructed a playground along the northern right-of-way of Granville Avenue, leasing it to the park district. Residents of crowded Edgewater needed still more parkland, however, and the park district purchased three additional lakeshore acres from the Viatorian Fathers in 1981. The property included two of the few remaining Sheridan Road mansions, the south one designed by William Carbys Zimmerman and the north one by Myron H. Church. In 1988, the park district rehabilitated the homes, which are now used as a recreational building and a cultural center, respectively. The north mansion's original coach house is now the location of a neighborhood cafe. The south coach house also still stands. Berger Park now offers many activities, including senior aerobics; computer, jewelry making, and writing classes; and theater and music programs for children and adults.

Parking/Directions

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

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A Time of Trumpets

A Time of Trumpets (1)

Location Notes: Playground

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Solstice

Solstice (1)

Location Notes: Berger Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Berger Pottery Studio (in South Mansion)

Berger Pottery Studio (in South Mansion)

Berger Community Garden

Berger Community Garden

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Descriptors: Ornamental

Berger Park - Waterfront Cafe`

Berger Park - Waterfront Cafe`

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Phone: (773)761-3294

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Berger North Mansion Lakeside

Berger North Mansion Lakeside

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Notes: Table & chairs available upon request.

Descriptors: Recommended for Weddings

Berger Park South Mansion

Berger Park South Mansion

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Notes: Table & chairs available upon request.

Descriptors: Metered Street Parking, Recommended for Weddings

Berger Jewelry/Lapidary Studio (in South Mansion)

Berger Jewelry/Lapidary Studio (in South Mansion)

Location Notes:

Berger Living Room (in South Mansion)

Berger Living Room (in South Mansion)

Berger Ballroom (in South Mansion)

Berger Ballroom (in South Mansion)

Berger Park Coach House

Berger Park Coach House

Notes: Table & chairs available upon request. Stage available upon request.

Berger Playground

Berger PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 206744InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2017/08/29 14:15From August 29, 2017 to December 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 206838InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 9:45am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 9:45am
Each Friday from 9am to 9:45am
$30.00
Park Kids - Fall at Berger 207060InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:45From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$161.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Berger 207163Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:45From September 5, 2017 to June 18, 2018$483.00
Play School at Berger 207243InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$210.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Berger 225720InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2018/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Bridge Club at Berger 212043OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2018/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2018 to March 29, 2018
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Cardio Conditioning at Berger 213049InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Ceramics at Berger 212068InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2018/01/10 20:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
$120.00
Ceramics at Berger 212063InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$120.00
Ceramics at Berger 212067InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2018/01/11 20:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
$120.00
Ceramics at Berger 212064InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$120.00
Ceramics at Berger 212066InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 16:15From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$50.00
Ceramics at Berger 212065InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 17:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$50.00
Children's Theater at Berger 225721InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Children's Theater at Berger 225722InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 17:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$50.00
Dance - Tap at Berger 212271InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2018/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Dino Diggers at Berger 225730InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$25.00
Film Club at Berger 212408OpenCulture and Arts - Video21 and upCoed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$0
Fit & Strong at Berger 225724InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Guitar - Beginner Partnership at Berger 225782InstructionCulture and Arts - Music21 and upCoed2018/01/09 01:15From January 8, 2018 to March 26, 2018
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8pm
$110.00
Guitar - Beginner Partnership at Berger 225783InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$110.00
Guitar - Group Partnership at Berger 225786InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2018/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$110.00
Handbuilding at Berger 225718InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2018/01/13 15:15From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$40.00
Improvisation at Berger 225723InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater21 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$25.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 212739InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2018/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$120.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 212740InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$120.00
Little Artists at Berger 213022InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$25.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 213048InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2018/01/09 15:15From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 213147InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2018/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 9am to 9:45am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 9:45am
Each Friday from 9am to 9:45am
$40.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 213146InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2018/01/13 15:15From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$20.00
One-Person Show at Berger 225731InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater21 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$25.00
One-Person Show at Berger 225781InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater21 and upCoed2018/01/11 01:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
$25.00
Painting at Berger 225719InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$25.00
Park Kids - Winter at Berger 213319InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 20:45From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$161.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Berger 225784InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$110.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Berger 225785InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2018/01/12 22:45From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$110.00
Play Production at Berger 225725InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2018/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 5:30pm
$0
Play School at Berger 213449InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$165.00
Puppetry at Berger 225726InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$20.00
Readers Theater at Berger 225734InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater21 and upCoed2018/01/13 20:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
Sketch and Stand-Up Comedy at Berger 225732InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater21 and upCoed2018/01/10 01:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
$0
Story Telling Workshop at Berger 213967InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater60 and upCoed2018/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
Storytime at Berger 225727InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$20.00
Stretching at Berger 225729InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 225717InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 17:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 214223InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$25.00
Walking Club at Berger 225728OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2018/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Berger 219246InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/03/26 20:00From March 26, 2018 to June 22, 2018
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
$161.00

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Located on Sheriden Rd in the Edgewater community, the park overlooks beautiful Lake Michigan. As an early proponent of developing street-end beaches on Chicago's north side, Berger Park Cultural Center has now become a neighborhood icon.

Great for fun learning and excitement, events such as Concerts and Movies in the Park and the Annual Jewelry and Ceramics Show have contributed to the cultural façade of Chicago’s north shore area. Boasting programs that include a variety of cultural programs such as Jewelry Making, Acting, Guitar, Tap, Modern, Flamenco, Senior Line Dance and much more. The Cultural Center is currently home to one of the most popular ceramics program within the Chicago Park District.  Proud partner to some of Chicago's finest arts organizations, Berger offers patrons the unique opportunity to study with 3 Cat Productions, Ultimate School of Guitar and Soul and Duende Flamenco Dance.

For those looking to get a little exercise we offer Low Impact Aerobics and Conditioning. If you have little ones - check out the Play School program and Mom's, Pop's, & Tot's both crazy fun activities. Need something that keeps your children engaged after school?  We have our popular Park Kids program .  We can't forget our seniors...we have Bridge and Senior Craft Club, plus more.

This quaint historic landmark mansion features hardwood floors, original woodwork and antique light fixtures among other charming details--it could be the ideal place for your next special event.

The mansion also boasts a magnificent outdoor space along Lake Michigan with breathtaking  views. Located just minutes from downtown, this unique space offers many opportunities for special event and meeting rentals including three rooms that can be used individually for intimate gatherings or together for functions that can accommodate up to 100 guests.

In July 2005, a new state-of-the-art playground was dedicated. The 8,000-square-foot playground has an ADA-accessible drinking fountain and ADA-accessible equipment. In addition, the new playground features a play area shaped like a pirate ship, new drainage, soft surface tiles and rubber surfacing, new walkways, new concrete curbing, trash cans, benches--including a mosaic art bench--and new landscaping.

Berger Park honors Albert E. Berger (1900-1950), a native Chicagoan and Edgewater resident. Berger, who lived with his family in one of the large homes that lined the Sheridan Road before 1950, was a tax consultant and real estate developer, and a member of numerous philanthropic and civic groups. He was also an early proponent of developing street end beaches on Chicago's north side. Such beaches met the summertime recreational needs of Edgewater residents who lived beyond easy reach of the Lincoln Park beaches. By 1937, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation was operating 27 street-end beaches, including one at the end of Edgewater's Granville Avenue, near Berger's home. The city transferred Granville Beach and Park to the Chicago Park District in 1959. By this time, many of Edgewater's fashionable Sheridan Road homes had given way to modern highrises. In an attempt to address the recreational needs of the many apartment dwellers, the city in 1976 constructed a playground along the northern right-of-way of Granville Avenue, leasing it to the park district. Residents of crowded Edgewater needed still more parkland, however, and the park district purchased three additional lakeshore acres from the Viatorian Fathers in 1981. The property included two of the few remaining Sheridan Road mansions, the south one designed by William Carbys Zimmerman and the north one by Myron H. Church. In 1988, the park district rehabilitated the homes, which are now used as a recreational building and a cultural center, respectively. The north mansion's original coach house is now the location of a neighborhood cafe. The south coach house also still stands. Berger Park now offers many activities, including senior aerobics; computer, jewelry making, and writing classes; and theater and music programs for children and adults.

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

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