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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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
Bridge Club at Berger 165497OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/06 17:00From September 6, 2016 to December 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Little Artists at Berger 186651InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to December 12, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$35.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 186652InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to December 12, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 166939InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2016/09/06 14:15From September 6, 2016 to December 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 186650InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to December 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$35.00
Park Kids - Fall at Berger 167263InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 19:45From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$153.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Berger 167372Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 19:45From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$459.00
Pre-Ballet & Creative Movement at Berger 186649InstructionGymnastics - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$50.00
Senior Dance at Berger 186653InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Tap & Jazz at Berger 186647InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to December 12, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$50.00
Teen Leadership Club at Berger 184580InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/03 17:30From September 3, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Beginner at Berger 189590InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$50.00
Bridge Club at Berger 172466OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2017 to March 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Ceramics at Berger 172495InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
$116.00
Ceramics at Berger 172490InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/11 23:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$116.00
Ceramics at Berger 172494InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$116.00
Ceramics at Berger 172491InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$116.00
Ceramics at Berger 172493InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 15:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$48.00
Ceramics at Berger 172492InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$48.00
Dance - Tap at Berger 189589InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$50.00
Dance - Tap at Berger 172685InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2017/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:30am
$0
Drop-in at Berger 172775InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 20:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$30.00
Film Club at Berger 172838OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/24 21:15From January 24, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 6pm
$0
Guitar - Group at Berger 173016InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/01/17 22:00From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$105.00
Guitar - Group at Berger 189583InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/01/17 22:45From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$105.00
Guitar - Group at Berger 173015InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/01/11 01:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:45pm to 8:30pm
$105.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 173379InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$114.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 173380InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$114.00
Little Artists at Berger 189586InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$40.00
Little Artists at Berger 173663InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/14 17:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$20.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 189587InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2017/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 173682InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2017/01/10 15:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 189585InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1y 3m but less than Coed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$40.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Berger 175130InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/14 16:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$20.00
Park Kids - Winter at Berger 173981InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
$153.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Berger 189584InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/01/17 23:00From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$105.00
Play School at Berger 174093InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$154.00
Story Telling Workshop at Berger 189593InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater60 and upCoed2017/01/13 20:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$0
Storybook Adventures at Berger 189592InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$50.00
Teen Leadership Club at Berger 174819InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 18:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Berger 189591InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$50.00

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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.

Did you know that Berger Park is on Facebook? Follow us.