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Wellness Center Fitness Instructors

Get fit in a safe, fun and non-intimidating exercise class! Chicago Park District fitness classes offer a high-quality, low cost alternative to commercial gyms.

No matter your age or ability, we offer a fitness class that is right for you. All classes are taught by certified fitness instructors, select classes are taught by U.S. Veterans.

Our qualified staff of nationally certified and professional instructors holds leading credentials ranging from Group Exercise Instruction, to Personal Training and Cardio Dance. We will motivate, encourage and help you achieve your personal fitness goals!

Meet some of our fitness instructors:
 

Darnell Harris

Darnell Harris Jr.

North Region

Homan Square Park
3559 W. Arthington St.
312.746.6650
Tuesday 3:30-7:30pm
Wednesday 3:45-7:15pm
Thursday 3:30-7:30pm



 

Jake Kolbus

Jake Kolbus

North Region

Sheil Park
3505 N. Southport Ave.
312.742.7826
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6:15-11am

Margate Park
4921 N. Marine Dr.
312.742.7522
Tuesday & Thursday 9am-1:45pm


 

 

Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer Lewis

North Region

Haas Park
2402 N. Washtenaw Ave.
312.742.7552
Monday 4:15-8:45pm
Tuesday 4-8:45pm
Thursday 4:30-5:45pm

Hamlin Park
3035 N. Hoyne Ave.
312.742.7785
Wednesday 4:15-8:45pm


Edgebrook Park
6525 N. Hiawatha Ave.
773.631.7461
Saturday 9:30am-2pm


 

 

Josh Quinones

Josh Quinones

South Region

Hayes Park
2936 W. 85th St.
312.747.6177
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-8:45pm


North Region

Jefferson Park
4822 N. Long Ave.
773.685.3316
Monday 5:30-9:45pm
Wednesday 6-9pm
Friday 3:45-9pm


 

 

Leslie Koch

Leslie Koch

North Region

Edgebrook Park
6525 N. Hiawatha Ave.
773.631.7462
Monday 4:30-8:45pm


Clarendon Park
4501 N. Clarendon Ave.
312.742.7512
Wednesday 9:15am-1pm & 4:45pm-9pm

Hamlin Park
3035 N. Hoyne Ave.
312.742.7785
Thursday 6:30-9pm
Saturday 8:45am-1pm


 

 

Michael L Johnson

Michael L. Johnson

Central Region

La Follette Park
1333 N. Laramie Ave.
773.287.0541
Tuesday 10:30am-1:45pm
Thursday 1-7:45pm

Columbus Park
500 S. Central Ave.
773.287.7641
Saturday 9am-1:45pm


 

 

Patricia Donahue Thorpe

Patricia Donahue-Thorpe

South Region

Washington Park
5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
773.256.1248
Monday & Wednesday 4:30-8:30pm


North Region

Amundsen Park
6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave.
312.746.5003
Tuesday 6-8:15pm
Friday 8:30-11:15am

 
 

 
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Brandon Lyles

South Region


Fernwood Park
10436 S. Wallace St.
312.747.6132

Monday 4-6:45pm
Tuesday 5-7:45pm
Thursday 5-7:45pm


Central Region

Piotrowski Park
4247 W. 31st St.
312.747.6608
Friday 11am-6:15pm

 


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Lauren James


Central Region

Ping Tom Memorial Park
1700 S. Wentworth Ave.
312.225.3121
Tuesday & Thursday 8:30am-12:15pm

Chicago Women's Park & Gardens
1801 S. Indiana Ave.
312.257.4486
Monday & Wednesday 4:30-8:45pm
Saturday 8:30am-12:30pm