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)

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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

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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 156277OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/08/16 17:00From August 16, 2016 to September 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Ceramics at Berger 156292InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/25 14:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$47.00
Ceramics at Berger 156293InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$47.00
Dance Camp at Berger 156353CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/23 14:00From August 23, 2016 to September 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$40.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Berger 157282InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2016/08/16 14:15From August 16, 2016 to September 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$0
Play Camp at Berger 157446CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/22 14:00From August 22, 2016 to September 2, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$50.00
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
Ceramics at Berger 165517InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/28 19:00From September 28, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
$114.00
Ceramics at Berger 165512InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$114.00
Ceramics at Berger 165516InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$114.00
Ceramics at Berger 165513InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
$114.00
Ceramics at Berger 165515InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$47.00
Ceramics at Berger 165514InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$47.00
Dance - Tap at Berger 165719InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Guitar - Beginner Partnership at Berger 166102InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2016/09/21 01:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$103.00
Guitar - Intermediate Partnership at Berger 166103InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 21:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$103.00
Guitar - Introduction Partnership at Berger 166104InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$103.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 166552InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 5pm
$112.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Berger 166553InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$112.00
Little Artists at Berger 166921InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/24 16:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$31.00
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 185418InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$27.00
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
Play School at Berger 167454InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$151.00
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

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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.