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 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 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
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
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 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Leadership Club (Special Rec) at Welles 211257InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs14 and upCoed2018/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018
$10.00
Adult Swim at Welles 211268OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 20:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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 211288InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
$10.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 211301InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 19:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 211302InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Welles 211300InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 19:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 211386InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 211387InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 211388InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 211391InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 211389InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Welles 211390InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 19:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 211436InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Welles 211437InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Welles 211531InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 18:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$41.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 211719OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2018/01/14 19:00From January 14, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$16.00
Basketball - Open at Welles 211720OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Basketball - Open at Welles 211718OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Basketball at Welles 211817InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Basketball League at Welles 211863Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2018/01/26 01:00From January 25, 2018 to May 24, 2018
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$152.00
Basketball League Partnership at Welles 211868PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Sunday from 2:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 9pm
$75.00
Bitty Basketball at Welles 211967InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2018/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$34.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Welles 211994InstructionSports - Bowling14 and upCoed2018/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 212101InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 18:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 19, 2018
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 212100InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 16:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Chair Exercise at Welles 212102InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 20:45From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Welles 212214InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
$0
Family Arts and Crafts at Welles 212375InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$41.00
Family Swim at Welles 212403OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/09 00:15From January 8, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
FFW Preview - Fitness Center at Welles 228611OpenWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/08 13:00From January 8, 2018 to January 14, 2018
Each Sunday from 11am to 3pm
Each Monday from 7am to 1pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7am to 1pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 4pm
$0
FFW Preview - Lap Swim at Welles 228956OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 13:30From January 8, 2018 to January 12, 2018
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
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 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
FFW Preview - Yoga/Pilates at Welles 228923InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/09 15:15January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
FFW Preview - Yoga/Pilates at Welles 228929InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/11 15:15January 11, 2018
Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Gymnastics at Welles 212627InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2018/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$29.00
Gymnastics at Welles 212626InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$29.00
Kiddie College at Welles 212783InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$218.00
Lacrosse at Welles 227109InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Lap Swim at Welles 212832OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 13:30From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Monday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
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 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 212997InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2018/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Learn to Swim at Welles 213001InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 213002InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 213000InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 212996InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 212998InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 20:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Welles 212999InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Welles 213040InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$41.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Welles 213091InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 228232InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2018/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$23.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Welles 228233InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2018/01/11 16:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$23.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 213185InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2018/01/12 15:15From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10am
$34.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Welles 213186InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2018/01/12 16:15From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$34.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 213293InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2018/01/08 16:15From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 19, 2018
$34.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Welles 213294InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2018/01/08 17:15From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 19, 2018
$34.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Welles 213299InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2018/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$34.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Welles 213304OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2018/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$0
Play School at Welles 213448InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2018/01/09 16:45From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$55.00
Seasonal Sports (Special Recreation) at Welles 213559InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2018/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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, February 6, 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Welles 213646InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2018/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Soccer at Welles 213884InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Soccer at Welles 213885InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$34.00
Soccer at Welles 213886InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Welles 213906InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs14 and upCoed2018/01/12 21:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$9.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Welles 213931InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
$12.00
Sports Conditioning at Welles 213949InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2018/01/10 22:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$0
Storytime & Crafts at Welles 213975InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$34.00
Strength & Conditioning at Welles 228244InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 19:15From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Team Gymnastics at Welles 214073InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 19, 2018
$29.00
TEAM Sports at Welles 214104InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
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 214105InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2018/01/12 15:00From January 12, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$35.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Welles 214242InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 21:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 214281InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 214282InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2018/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 214284InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Welles 214283InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 5Coed2018/01/11 15:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 214356InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 214357InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 214359InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Welles 214358InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Welles 214394InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$34.00
Tot Spot at Welles 214433OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2018/01/10 15:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$29.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 214466OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$5.00
Volleyball - Open at Welles 214465OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2018/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$29.00
Volleyball at Welles 214508InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2018/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Yoga at Welles 228251InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2018/01/09 14:00From January 8, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 228267InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/02/13 15:15From February 13, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 228269InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/09 15:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 228270InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/11 15:15From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Welles 228268InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/02/15 15:15From February 15, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$15.00
Youth Swim at Welles 214711OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
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.