Welles Park

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

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

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

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

History

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

Parking/Directions

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

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

Creating a New Universe (1)

Location Notes: East Wall of Gymnasium Building

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Welles Gazebo

Welles Gazebo

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Gazebo

Welles Diamond

Welles Diamond

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Park - Crepes in the Park

Welles Park - Crepes in the Park

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)659-8690

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Welles Park - Mama Lucy's

Welles Park - Mama Lucy's

Location: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (224) 624-0096

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Welles Fieldhouse

Welles Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours: , ,

Welles Fitness Center

Welles Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Closed 1-2 pm weekdays for cleaning

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

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Welles Football/Soccer

Welles Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Welles Gymnasium

Welles Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Horseshoe

Welles Horseshoe

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Clubroom

Welles Clubroom

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Welles Picnic Grove

Welles Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Playground

Welles PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 2333. W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Renovated Winter 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Welles Park Pool

Welles Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)742-7515

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift

9/11-11/25 | Welles Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 8/28/2017 - 11/25/2017

Welles Tennis Court

Welles Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Welles Sand Volleyball

Welles Sand Volleyball

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: Sand

Welles Water Spray Feature

Welles Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Notes: North playground

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 view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Adult Leadership Club (Special Rec) at Welles 204834InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$9.00
Adult Swim at Welles 204847OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 19:30From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise (Special Rec) at Welles 204869InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
$9.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 204881InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 204882InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 18:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 204880InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 204965InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 204966InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 204967InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 204970InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 204968InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to November 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 204969InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 18:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 205012InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 205013InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Welles 205092InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/09/16 17:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
$40.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 205310OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/09/10 16:00From September 10, 2017 to December 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 205311OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/09/10 17:30From September 10, 2017 to December 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 205309OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$29.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 207203OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball at Welles Cancelled205374InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Basketball League at Welles 205423Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/10/05 23:30From October 5, 2017 to January 18, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$150.00
Boot Camp at Welles 224479InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/10/17 11:30From October 17, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$15.00
Boot Camp at Welles 206018InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 11:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$30.00
Boot Camp at Welles 206019InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 11:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$30.00
Boot Camp at Welles 224480InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/10/19 11:30From October 19, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am
$15.00
Chair Exercise at Welles 205636InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 205637InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 15:15From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Cross Country at Welles 205754InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/09/06 21:45From September 6, 2017 to November 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Welles 205772InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Family Arts and Crafts at Welles 205943InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
$40.00
Family Swim at Welles 205973OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to November 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 2:15pm
$0
Fitness & Nutrition (Special Rec) at Welles 205986InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:15From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Welles 206116InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Floor Hockey at Welles 206117InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Floor Hockey at Welles 206119InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
$33.00
Holiday Camp (Special Recreation) at Welles 226497CampsCamps - General Interest14 and upCoed2017/11/28 19:30From November 28, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Welles 206449InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
$218.00
Lacrosse at Welles 206497InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:15From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Lacrosse League at Welles Cancelled224229Team_LeagueSports - LacrosseAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/09/30 14:30From September 30, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Lap Swim at Welles 206513OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to November 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Monday from 7:45pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 206693InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Welles 206697InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 206698InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/14 00:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 206696InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 206692InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 206694InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 19:30From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 206695InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Welles 206738InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
$40.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Welles 206780InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Welles 206809InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/09/12 15:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$22.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Welles 206808InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 206821InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 16:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 206824InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$22.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 206881InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/09/15 14:15From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
$33.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 206882InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/09/15 15:15From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
$33.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 207035InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/11 15:15From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$33.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 207036InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/11 16:15From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$33.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Welles 207042InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/09/12 19:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$33.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Welles 207047OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$0
Play School at Welles 207238InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/12 15:45From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$55.00
Recreational Tumbling at Welles 207334InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/09/12 20:45From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
$29.00
Recreational Tumbling at Welles 207333InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
$29.00
Seasonal Sports (Special Recreation) at Welles 207378InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 207484InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
$14.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 207485InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 20:45From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$33.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 207483InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
$14.00
Soccer at Welles 207719InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$33.00
Soccer at Welles 224228InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 13, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$14.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Welles 207754InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs8 and upCoed2017/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
$8.00
Special Olympic Alpine Skiing at Welles 226507InstructionSports - Special Olympics14 and upCoed2017/12/20 13:30From December 20, 2017 to December 21, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Special Olympics Basketball at Welles 226504InstructionSports - Basketball14 and upCoed2017/12/13 22:00From December 13, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 9pm
$0
Special Olympics Bowling at Welles 207763InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Special Olympics Gymnastics at Welles 226508InstructionGymnastics - Recreational14 and upCoed2018/01/03 14:00From January 3, 2018 to January 5, 2018
Each Wednesday from 8am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 2pm
Each Friday from 8am to 2pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Welles 207790InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
$11.00
Special Olympics Snowshoeing at Welles 226501InstructionSports - Special Olympics14 and upCoed2017/12/09 14:00December 9, 2017
Saturday from 8am to 4pm
$0
Special Olympics Sports Camp at Welles 226499CampsCamps - Sports14 and upCoed2017/12/05 15:30From December 5, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Storytime & Crafts at Welles 207834InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$33.00
Strength & Conditioning at Welles 207863InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 18:15From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Team Gymnastics at Welles 207929InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 9, 2017
$29.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 207956InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 207957InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2017/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 208145InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 208146InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2017/09/12 14:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 208148InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2017/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 208147InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2017/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 208228InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 208229InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 208231InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 208230InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Welles 208266InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 19:45From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$33.00
Tot Spot at Welles 208303OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/09/13 14:15From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$29.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 208435OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 00:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$5.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 208434OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/09/12 00:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$29.00
Volleyball at Welles 208465InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Volleyball League at Welles 208487Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upMale2017/09/14 00:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$255.00
Walking Club at Welles 205638OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2017/09/15 19:45From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
$0
Yoga at Welles 208698InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/09/12 13:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 208715InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/12 14:15From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 224482InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/10/17 14:15From October 17, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 224483InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/10/19 14:15From October 19, 2017 to November 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 208716InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/14 14:15From September 14, 2017 to November 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$30.00
Youth Swim at Welles 208740OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$0

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

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

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

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

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

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