Recreation & Fitness Directory for the Hyde Park-Kenwood Area

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December 17, 2916 Saturday, times? Blackhawks Skating Clinic at Midway Rink,

Walking groups in summer. One leaves Bixler fountain (57th an Kenwood) Wednesdays at 6 pm. The other leaves Elm Park (Woodlawn just north of 53rd) Sundays at 10 am and goes toward the lakefront. Both max. 3 miles. Thers oasr otgher goups suchn as in Museum of Science and Industry and one that walks in East Hyde Park yearround and ends up at Piccolo Mondo about 9:30 am (Wednesdays for sure, other days also).

A complete compilation of available programming structure, scheduling, and prices is not practical here at this time. What's below is a start.

Online programs signup for fall underway. You must set up an account (if not already) in the Park District website and sign up. Suggest you browse park's offerings first. You can also sign up in the park fieldhouse. Sign up to get Park Points-

To Soccer (AYSO, Britannia, youth and adult registration information)

There is open basketball in the area!! JCC 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Hyde Park Neighborhood Club 5480 S. Kenwood, Jackson Park Fieldhouse 6401 S. Stony Island and more.

In this page:

Opportunities and Announcements

Free running and training Saturdays in Washington Park mornings. September 24-November 12.

Pickleball- an exciting senior friendly game that uses whiffleballs- Sundays at 4 pm at the 59th St. Marina Tennis Courts. From Lake Shore Drive at 5800 veer left past the bowling green and over the Music Court Bridge. search Chicago Pickleball.

AYSO youth soccer registration for indoor soccer. Dec. 12 , Friday 5-7, Dec. 20, Saturday 9:30-11:30 at Nichols Fieldhoue 1355 E. 53rd St. Starts Jan. 3 8-2. online forms. 773 844-225 or 73 324-KICK.

Chicago Fire Soccer- Who: Boys and Girls, U7- U14 (rising 1st- 8th graders)
What: Soccer Skills, Scrimmages, Swimming, Team Building, World Cup Fun
When: Monday-Friday, June 16-20th, 9:00am-4:00pm, $350 or Wednesday-Friday, June 18-20th, $225.
Where: University of Chicago Lab School & Midway Plaisance, Hyde Park
For more info go to Also Available: Early Drop-off (8am), $15/ day & Late Pick Up (5:30pm), $20/day

2014: Chicago Track Club in conjunction with World Sport Chicago has begun
training at the Jackson Park Track, 61st and S. Stony Island Ave.
Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 PM to 7 PM. They meet
trackside. Both Coach Beacham and Nayer are at practices.
There are both regular and WSC Track meets as well.
Kids 6 to 14 will also be able to compete in the World Sport Chicago
Summer Program meets and final meet with Chicago Track Club.

The 3x / week walking (MWF) and 2x / week fitness class (MW) are still going strong. The free program is sponsored by University of Chicago Medical Center Community Affairs. Registration is required to get your badge that gains you entrance into the Museum and free parking in the garage. Here is the web site to visit for details and the contact information.

Legends baseball is back in session- Marcellus Moore is director of operations. 23 teams play from Kenwood Community Park. Contacts are,

And there are 6 am walks around the Point.

003 District CAPS Youth Basketball Program every Saturday at Henry Crown Fieldhouse, 5550 S. University. September 22nd- November 10th 2012, 3:30-5:30 pm Ages 13-19 Officer C. Hutchinson, 312 747-7004.

Elm Park Walking Club. Sundays. Newly started. 10 am. Call first. Take walks from the park, 5211 S. Woodlawn, through the neighborhood. Free to the Public. All Are Encouraged to Join, Especially Seniors Citizens.
*******Chicago Park District’s Physical Fitness Specialist Mr. Solomon Smith III Will Kick off the 1st “Elm Park Walking Club” Meet-Up with
a Lesson on Stretches, Walking Strides, & Walking Fitness Tips*******
(Every Sunday a Walk & Once Month a Special Guest Presentation)

For More Info Call the Elm Park Advisory Council
at 773 454-0499 or email Timika Hoffman-Zoller

The track training for youth is moved from Jackson Park to Kenwood Academy track.

June 9, Saturday and continuing. Train for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in your own backyard! Join the
Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) this summer
at LaRabida Hospital parking lot.

Your 18-week training includes:
• Fully supported long runs
• Experienced, CPR trained group leaders
• Speed training and mid-week runs
• A day-by-day training plan for the entire 18 weeks
• 24-Hour Injury Prevention Hotline
• VIP Race Day Amenities
• One-of-a-kind tech top
• And more!

Check us out online to learn more! or call Megan Sullivan at 312-666-9836 ext. 13. Join CARA this summer and find out why experience is the best coach! Training begins Saturday, June 9.

There are many private lessons available in various sports in Jackson Park. One in golf for ladies is that of Robin Aikens, LPGA pro. keyword the trainer, such as Robin Aikens.

Walks in Jackson Park- Wed at 7, Sat at 8 bird walks. Sunrise and sunset walks monthly from 58th and Lake Shore Drive full and new moon day respectively.

Legends baseball (Hyde Park-Kenwood Legends. Skills clinics and season.

Clinics- in winter Register. or Deadline 5 days prior.
Season - final day to register Sat mid March, opening day Sat mid May , All Star Game 4th Sat June 4, closing 4th Sat July . Games start at 5;30- must be there 15 min. prior. Plus var practices. Prices $150-175+.

For something completely different, in season of course.... Lakeside Lawn Bowling Club Open House. Jackson Park south of Museum of Science and Industry east lot. Exit Lake Shore Drive at 58th (Science Drive). Wear flat shoes. Tom at 708 366-8228. General bowling Tuesday nights at 7, Saturdays and Sundays at 1.

There is a new exercise and fitness group that meets every day at the Point, 55th east of the underpass by the fountain, for various kinds of activites. Find out more at Still active?

Fitness Boot Camp on the Lake / Classes every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, morning and evening. 773 406-2152,

Free Yoga classes at Lotus Living Center.

Three Pillars Wellness and yoga center at 1516 E. 53rd St. has closed due to impending move of owner Cynthia Latimer's impending move to Oregon, but its replacements are already in place-Chataranga Holistic Fitness and Praxis Holistic Chiropractic and Massage have opened in the accessible Arts Deco building at 1525 E. 55th St.

Now recruiting for spring 2011: Chicago Youth Lacrosse. Starting spring 2011. Founder/Director Head Coach, Boys Lacrosse. Drew Stevenson,, Chicago Youth Lacrosse Saint Ignatius College Prep, (C)312.720.4295 (F)615.694.8079, CYL is a division of Develop The Athlete /

Chicago Metro Baseball/Kirby Puckett Boys and Girls Club. Has league play in Jackson starting April 2011 (kids and 16 up), possibly in other parks. Contact Ziff Sistrunk,, 773-469-3837.

Mayor Daley's Chicago Sports Fest between Christmas and New Years. Volleyball Midwest Junior, Adaptive Sports, World Sport Chicago incl. interactive zone, Chicago Works Out!, CPS Holiday Hoops tournament, The Half-Time Stage, Harlem Globtrotters ...

M.A.D.E.- Made For Chicago leadership basketball camps- coming to Shoesmith School summer 2010. M.A.D.E. Annual "Leadership Development Summer Basketball Progam. Open to boys adn girls ages 9-14 June 21-July6 26 6 weeks 9 am-non. $100 per week ($75 by June 8 deadline). BB, teamwork, leadership skills, healthy nutritional habits ++. Celebrity guests. Information/reg at the school or through MADE at 312 532-2898

Southside Fire Soccer summer camps underway-

Park District summer camps- again in 2010. Check at or at the park for exact program and schedule.

Watch each summer for some of these:

Museum of Science and Industry summer week-long camps continue through August. For kids entering grade 3 in coming fall though grade 5 in coming fall. Themes include "It's Alive," "Fun in the Sun:" including making solar ovens and wind turbines and testing Lake water; "Science Olympics." $200 each week, 9 am-4:30 pm. NO lunch provided. Regina Cavazos, 773 947-3121.

Tuesdays at 7, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 pm. Lawn Bowling at Jackson Park Bowling Green sw of Museum of Science and Industry (access from 5800 on Lake Shore Drive) Contact Tom or Lorrie at 708 366-8228.
Saturdays Croquet.

There are many kinds of classes for adults in Hyde Park, including Chaturanga Holistic Fitness at 1525 E. 55th St.

Quadrangle Club Chess Camp and Tennis Clinic (3rd annual). 1st week in July, Learn chess over 4 days from three grandmasters-- All skill levels, pm tournament play, outoor tennis and more by club pro. Grades K-12 and inspired adults. 1155 E. 57th St. Mary at 773 493-8601, fax773 493-3702.

Washington Park Running Club holds 3 to 5 mile runs open and free to the public from every Monday in the summer at 7 pm. 51st and King Dr. Corina at

Baseball/Softball. Watch in August for Ald. Willie B. Cochran's 20th Ward Youth Baseball Camp. Ages 8-12. Washington Park Field House, 5531 S. King. Baseball and Fast Pitch Soft fall Camp for Boys and Girls. No exper. or equip., no fee. Registration deadline. August 14. 773 985-5610.
Other baseball include Hyde Park Legends, BIG Baseball Academy, Chicago Metro Baseball/Kirby Puckett (Jackson...).

Best Instruction Guaranteed Baseball Academy (B.I.G). All current or former pro players. Instructs indoor and outdoor baseball clinics throughout the city year round for kids aged 4 to 13. Camp at Ellis June 19 t0August 29. Instruction-drills-strength and conditioning-field trips to minor league stadiums. Certificates. $175 a week. July camps 9:30 am-12:30 pm, August camps 9:30 am-3:30 pm. 707 E. 37th St. Contact Keronn Walker 773 206-9363,
B.I.G. Baseball Academy. Ellis Park, Kenwood Park (But moves around each year) and camps for public and private school kids- "Best Instruction Guaranteed."
All coaches are current or former pro players. Instructs indoor and outdoor baseball clinics throughout the city year round for kids aged 4 to high school. Instruction-drills-strength and conditioning-field trips to minor league stadiums. Certificates. $175 a week. July camps 9:30 am-12:30 pm, August camps 9:30 am-3:30 pm. Contact Keronn Walker 773 206-9363. See also Ellis Park.
Youth Summer Camp
at IIT College, 31st and Michigan ages 3-13- bring fielders glove, lunch and $150 per week or $35 per day. Weekly sessions run June 21 2010-September 10.

Jackson Park- see in Recreation and Park District fieldhouses/playgrounds sections above. 773 256-0903.
Tumbling Camp Aug. 4-8 9 am-12 pm; Cheerleading Camp Aug. 11-15 9 am-12 pm. Both $42 per camp. Basketball teams just held tryouts and will soon start.

This year the Tri-Masters program in Jackson Park/South Shore- every year.
The South Shore Tr super sprint for ages 15 and over and the Tri-Masters Invitational Kids Triathlon. 2 divisions in the latter, ages 7-10 and 11-14- both swim-bike-run. Sponsors are needed. Swim is at 63rd Beach, run is includes Promontory Point and LaRabida Hospital. Space is limited. Teams need sponsors-

Watch in 2008 for Big Baseball Academy, ages 3-3. Kenwood Park, 1330 E. 50th St. $100. Also Fall instructional academy, Winter developmental academy. Keronn Jackson and Adam Shaloba., 773 206-9363.

Chicago Youth Football Camps/Chicago Bears. At several parks, including Jackson (ongoing) and Washington (may be ongoing). That at Washington has a session in conjunction with St. Thomas the Apostle School: July28-August 1 for ages 6-14. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE -NEEDING ARE BEING SOLICITED, contact Natalie M. Sacuta, CYFC is located at 213 N. Morgan 1A, 60607, 312 326-7776, fax 312 226-5554.

Support, volunteer at the area Special Olympics.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Visit their website for updates. Contact the Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. 773 643-4062. Continuing at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club on Tuesdays at 7 pm. INSTEP, INC. presents Just Another Steppin' Class. 5480 S. Kenwood.
Summer Camp registration is in progress.
Session June 18-August 24 M-F 8am-6 pm. . Includes field trips, swimming twice a week at the 63rd Y, gardening, and drama.
Golden Diners is bracketed by many activities and classes before and after.
Be sure to visit our Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Programs page.

Akida- Hyde Park Dojo, led by David Levine, Aiki Extensions. Mondays 7 -9:15 pm. $40 a month, $12 a session.

Michelle Gaza holds a yoga class at HPNC: For class schedule & more information: (312) 342 4038. May have moved.

Basketball and Soccer Schedule ($7 per night):

Mon. 6-9 ages 35 and older
Tues. 7-9 soccer
Wed. 7-9 18+
Thurs. 6-9 35+
Fri. 6-9 s0ccer

Teen Open Gym M, F 4:30-6 with parent permission. Free

Hyde Park Legends Baseball, in association

Recreation/fitness classes at the Neighborhood Club

Physical Fitness- Adult Exercise Tu & Th 10:15, Iyengar Yoga Fri 9:15, Tai Chi Fri 11-2, Walking Mon 9-11.

Belly dancing. W 7:30. AnansaKai TaSeti., 1-888 408 1115

Tae Kwon Do. W 6. Sensei Wesley. 773 559-8767

Capoiera Alkebulan. W, F 7. Jaiel Omari, 773 651-9402

Tang Soo Do. M, F 5:30. Master Fitzgerald. 67673 643-5648

Jazzercise. M 6:30-8, Sat 8:45-10. 773 549-7310, 312 415-0496.

Aikido. M, Th 7. Donald Levine. Aiki Extensions. $40 a month, $12 a session. 312 627-6757

Instep Stepping. Tu 7. Maurice Coes. 773 350-2746

Hyde Park School of Dance. Sat 9-2. (or of ballet) 773 493-8498


Lil' Kickers Soccer. 18 mo-9 years. Wed, Th 9:30-6, Sat 9-12. $144 12 weeks, $12 class plus annual membership $36 child, $72 family

New: We Got Game Chicago's winter 2010 sports program at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club- a new partner.

A premier sports education organization owned by Brian Ploof, We Got Game creates diverse and comprehensive sports classes open to all ages. It works with After School Matters. Included are basketball leagues and classes, baseball, flag football and more from tot through age 11 and tot plus adult.

Fencing. 4th-6th grade Mon 4d:30, $25 and $250

Dance Around the World. K-3rd M, F 4:30, 4th-6th M, F 3:30. Folk and partner dancing from varied tradition, building self esteem, team work, etiquette. $25, $250

Modern Dance. K-3 Wed, 4-5. Work on routine to be performance. $25, $250

Hip Hop/African Dance. 7-8th Tu 4:0. $25, $250

Basketball. 4th-6th Tu r:30. $10 week, $120. Adophus McMilan

Yoga. K-3 W, Th 4 pm

Tot Lot with Baby PhD morning activities. Passes and by visit

Busy Bees- K-3rd.

Tweens- 4th-6th. Focusing on transitions, achievement and self-image 3-6 pm, snack, pickup from schools

Includes Dance Around the World (May I Have This Dance Club),
Drama Club,
Dance Club,
Yoga Club,
Art Club,
Basketball Club,
Soccer Club,
Chess Club for Tweens,
Fencing Club for Tweens.

Teen Program. Life skills and educational development, community involvement, own planning board. 7th-10th graders. Pickup from NKO, Canter, Kenwood.

Includes Spoken Word Program (Young Chicago Authors) includes written word-Say What Magazine.
Drama Club led by UC Theater student Organization--all the skills and a final performance.
Dance Club- Hip Hop and African styles this fall--create a routine.
Tutoring Program led by U of C. CHAMP, a holistic program focusing on academic achievement and mentorship, twice a week. One on one with a UC student.
Cooking Club- healthy dishes from fresh-scratch
Winning Words Program- led by UC Civic Knowledge: Current events through drama, debate, creative writing
Art Club
and gym.

Coming this winter: Teen and High School Financial Literacy and Management: Checking and savings accounts How-To, budgeting, investments, stock market, asset building. College Preparation for High Schoolers: SAT/ACT, computer lab, financial aid, personal statement tutoring

Coming this winter: Intergenerational Programming Every generation has its ways of epressing its story. Highlights: oral histories, events, visual arts, dancing

Independent Seniors

Golden Diners Lunch M-F 11:30-12:30
Introduction to Chess Tuesdays 10
Computer Class 11 am, Monica Crosby
Basic French Wed 2:30, Advanced Wed 1 pm
Knitting Wed 10
Golden Troubadours Tues 1 pm
Friday Films 1 pm
Bridge Beginner Wed 1, Intermed. Th 9-3, Advanced Mon 9-3
Mah Jongg Tues 1-23.

Thinking of coaching kids? Train to do it right! Positive Coaching Alliance. Vouched for by many coaches, Phil Jackson.

Jazzercise. At Hyde Park Neighborhood Club M 6:30-8 pm, Sat 8:45-10 am. Michele Means, 773 549-7310, 312 415-0496.

Jazzercise Lite sessions Tuesdays 10 am at the Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. Barbara Cramer, 773 643-4062. Yoga classes many times of week,. also at St. Paul and Redeemer and other churches.

And there are many organizations and charities that teach skills to kids--yes, kids in our area schools: "Hook a Kid on Golf," "Love to Serve" (tennis). This includes professional sports teams (although these sometimes 'change their program' and drop successful ones in our parks): The Bears, the Black Hawks, the Bulls, the Cubs, and the White Sox. See Afterschool Programs.

University of Chicago sports events.
U of C Sports:
Activities Line 773 702-4800. Or for kids camps 773 702-9065.

U of C kids 5-12 learn to swim at the Ratner pool! Spring and Fall. Community kids learn the basics and swimming safety (Red Cross protocol, t-s ratio 1-6) from the Maroon swim teams. Look for the next. Questions Jason Weber,, 773 702-3861. Reg. for Spring 2008 starts Feb. 29. $60.

Super Summer Sports Camp Back again 2008. Boys and Girls ages 6-16

Camp mid June-late July, ages 6-16, full day, morning or afternoon.

Tennis and Swim Camp ages 6-18 July 28- August 8, M-F 8:30-12:30.

Summer Lab 2007 at the U of C Lab Schools. Mid-June late July- adventure, stage, summer school, sports, field study. Full, am or pm. All ages. 773-834-7766,

All-Star Cheer. Hyde Park's only only Allstar cheer programs. Boys and girls ages 3-18. Cheer, dance (incl. hip hop), tumbling. 2010-11 competition team placement. Attend competitions. low monthly cost available. USASF certified staff with 15+ years experience. At Bally's Total Fitness, 1301 E. 47th St. 773 924-9889.

AYSO Youth Soccer registration occurs periodically. Parents of children with disabilities: AYSO has a team for your child. Bring birth certificate or passport, health insurance care, parent photo ID.

Register online at, 773 324-KICK.
Hot line 773 324-KICK, (incl. registration forms),

Next, late registration at Nichols gym December 18, 3-5 pm. Winter sports beings Jam. 9 in the Nichols/Murray Gym.


Adult pickup games every Saturday afternoon. You must register. 10 and older.

AYSO at Nichols Park: Hyde Park-Kenwood American Youth Soccer Organization (Region 751).

Visit the local website, Hotline 773 324-KICK. Bring to registration birth certificate or passport, health insurance card, parent photo ID, parent volunteer enthusiasm!

1100 boys and girls aged 4 1/2 to 19 in the fastest growing aerobic team sport in the country.
AYSO: Safe, Fun, Fair:

AYSO Adult Amateur League. Registers and plays at Jackson Park noon. $30

Britannia Soccer Camp Taught by coaches from Britain! Ages 5-15. Call Louise McCurry (yes, the AYSO 751 Commish) 773 324-5425.

Major League Soccer Camp- $92. 4-7 on the Midway.

ChitownFutbol/Little Kickers. Soccer. Contact Hyde Park Neighborhood Club/ website. 773 643-4062. Fall season starts Sept. 4, Open House Sept. 18 -5 at 2343 S. Throop (Chitown Futbol) Lots of classes. 18 months to 9 years. 877 545-5457. Also Nichols Park fieldhouse in summer- 312 747-2703.
ChitownFutbol/Lil' Kickers. Soccer. Contact Hyde Park Neighborhood Club/ website. 773 643-4062. Main center at 2343 S. Throop (Chitown Futbol) Lots of classes. 18 months to 9 years. 877 545-5457.
Lil' Kickers can be a child's first step toward life-long love of athletics and is based on child development theory. Builds physical, social skills and self esteem. Includes year-round at the Neighborhood Club and summer in Nichols Park.

South Side Fire Soccer Club. Selects participants. builds skills in competitive league play. Plays locally in Kenwood Community Park, Midway, and Jackson
South Side Fire Soccer Club.
This competitive , competition-based selected club is the premier in Chicago's South Side neighborhoods, playing in Kenwood Community Park, Washington Park, north of Harold Washington Park in Burnham Park north of 51st, on Midway Plaisance, and in Jackson Park corner of Hayes and Cornell Dives, using professional coaches trained and licensed by USSF and NSCAA- Director Nenad Rosic played pro in Belgrade. European -style training is adapted to each age. There is a winter indoor program and summer team camps also. We focus on the whole player- character and academics, skills and commitment, long-term personal development for excellence in high school, college and beyond. Regional and state tournaments for higher-level teams. Fees $420-480 fall or spring with $135 optional for winter, $800-900 for 2nd more advanced teams. Ben Jacobson, 773 493-0860, Steve Schacht, 773 684-2524,

We Got Game Chicago- see in Hyde Park Neighborhood Club.

Ancona School summer program-drama, field trips, swimming, intellect,- 4770 S. Dorchester. 773 924-2356.

Hyde Park Legends Baseball/Hyde Park-Kenwood Baseball League. (boys and girls aged 4-13). Hyde Park-Kenwood (Legends) Baseball also known as Hyde Park-Kenwood Baseball League. (boys and girls aged 4-13) Team sponsors welcome. Hyde Park Legends Baseball preseason camps ages 8-12. Spring registration has been at the Neighborhood Club, in 2007 and for 2008--a year in advance in July- was at Shoesmith School/Kenwood Park fieldhouse 1350 E. 50th St. 60615. Parent participation is mandatory. Registration form is on the website. Plays at both Nichols (south end) and Kenwood diamonds. Hotline only 773 353-1578, Offers Tee-Ball, Pee-Wee. Little League , Junior Pony, and Pony in addition to a senior division. Regular contact is Pete Margulis, 773 428-5838, For fall 2007 schedule go to (or as approp. to the season)

Watch for Hyde Park-Kenwood Legends Baseball League orientation meeting at Nichols Gym (Murray), 1355 E. 53rd St. Parents, Players, Coaches. Includes equipment drop off and swap. Also, looking for sponsors. Reg, sponsorship, vol. contacts at, hotline 773 353-1578.

Bally's/Hyde Park Tennis, 1301 E. 47th: Tennis classes for all ages and skills-including cardio-tennis. Call and contact Glen Alfred. Fall 2007 session starts Sept. 6. 773 927-9889.

Fitzgerald's Martial Arts.

XS Tennis. At Bally's, 1301 E. 47th St. but now minus the golf. All ages and skills, court and driving range rentals, equipment rental and sales, apparel sales, racket stringing. 8, 10, 11-week classes for juniors and adults plus leagues and school programs. Non-member Fri night doubles 7-10 $25. Memberships $150 adult, $275 family, $75 junior, $260 league.,, 773 548-PLAY (7529).

At Bally's: All-Star Cheer. Hyde Park's only only Allstar cheer programs. Boys and girls ages 3-18. Cheer, dance (incl. hip hop), tumbling. 2010-11 competition team placement. Attend competitions. low monthly cost available. USASF certified staff with 15+ years experience. At Bally's Total Fitness, 1301 E. 47th St. 773 924-9889.


Nichols Park Fieldhouse 312 747-2703.


Nichols now offers over 15 classes and programs (see below). The afterschool program is so popular parents waited in line at 4 in the morning to register kids. Spring camp is already almost full so don't delay.

Nichols Fall Programs: Park Kids, Early Childhood Recreation, Early Childhood Gymnastics, Jazz Dance, Basketball, Hockey, Wrestling and Sonny Parker Youth Basketball Academy.

South Side YMCA has had a makeover inside out. Including a gift of $50,000 and 300 volunteers from HSBC (Household). Will help fund a Financial Assistance Program for memberships to community residents.

Harris Recreational Center and pool is now open, 6200 S. Drexel. A Chicago Park District facility.

Jewish Community Center Day Camp- 3 options- at JCC or out of city or at UIC., 773 753-3080.

Regents Club at Regents Park. This private health club has open memberships. Includes swimming, fitness center with trainers, whirlpool-sauna, freeweight, aerobics, pilates, yoga, kickboxing, aqua aerobics, abs. Free ballet. Operates 2-7. 5020 S. Lake Shore Drive, 773 288-2131.

Scouting- full range at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. Fridays 7:30 pm.

Tsen Dojo. After school Karate in a new facility. 5321 S. Cottage Grove 60653. 773 952-4062. Mon-Fri 3-6 pm.

Don't forget bicycling: Visit our Bicycling page, with the Chicago Bicycle Plan and Map, safety tips, and more!
Contact Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and the bike and runner's sites (including city's bike map) at the bottom of this page


Your best bet for Chicago Park District programming

Online Registration (Utilizes PayPal). View fall programs online starting late July . Online registration starts 2nd week in August 9 am (at at some parks is filled almost instantly), in-person registration starts 3rd week in August.

2011 Summer sports are heating up in Hyde Park parks now through August 5.

Free outdoor tennis lessons for ages 8-12 at Kenwood Community Park, 9-noon, 1330 E. 50th St. Daily. 312 747-6286.

Nichols Gym pickup basketball for teens 13-17 Thursdays 6-8. (Adults Tuesdays). Walk-in registration required. $2 per person per night. 312 747-2703.

Jackson Park. Sports camp in the fieldhouse. Fitness center certain hours for teens. BB evenings. Tennis lessons in the 63rd courts.
Summer Track Program by Chicago Track Club- free, introductory for ages 6-14 all abilities through August.
Teams representing community organizations thoroughout Chicago compete in meets and race to be citywide champs. Train at the Jackson Park track at 61st and Stony (until moves for construction) Mon. and Wed. 5-7., 312 243-3335.

Sampler: Summer camps 2008

Before you register online for one of the fall classes, we encourage you to review the new screens and review our Q&A about the new system. You can do this by copying and pasting the web address below into your web browser:

You can view program offerings online now. To do this, copy and paste the
web address below into your web browser:

Contact the District or fieldhouses re: MightyFitKidz programs for 6 to 9s in 30 parks this fall.

Surf, ask specific questions at 312 742-PLAY, or pick up a copy of the park's quarterly brochure. @PLAY per se is no more. Programs with locations are listed alphabetically, and there is an icon for Therapeutic Recreation programs. Note that late as @PLAY (and its citywide version) come out, errors occur, programs change or are cancelled. It's best to call the park fieldhouse to confirm as well as check with the region. Consult the Parks Directory page in this website for contacts and locations. You can register on line at the Park District site, but only a certain proportion of openings are available through on-line registration. Note that many non recreational programs are offered by parks, from culture/performance/arts to crafts/skills and environmental. Remember that a main purpose in youth programs is to train for living, self-responsibility, self-c0nfidence, leadership, and teamwork. (See an article on inadequacies of city youth recreational and programming opportunities.) Check parks pages here-Jackson, Nichols South Shore for details on sports programs in those parks.

KidStart after school programs has a site with much more than the programs. Use the site, or regional guides (HPK is split between regions 4 and 5 at 55th St.) to Find an activity (get/be involved, fit, learning, creative, safe, earning incl. apprenticeship opportunities), Find a directory of Community Resources.
KidStart programs include Fun Clubs or YouthNet Centers (312 746-7090,, After School Matters Club37 (312 742-4182,, Fitness and Sports programs (register Dearly December, February, April, mid-August. Hotline 312 742-PLAY. For venues for other kinds of programs see Community Support Resources.

Kids, parents! Two outstanding orgs and Chicago Police are bringing afterschool and Sats. sports and other rec. to parks and schools. Larry Hawkin's Big Buddies. Bernard Lyle's Trimasters at Jackson Park and O'Keefe School! 3rd District Police is also participating at Jackson and with police and firemen refereeing. (Some Jackson bb tournament games were featured on tv.) Sports rotate throughout the year.

Listing specific park offerings is duplicative of other resources. We do give below, as examples, what were offered at local parks in fall, 2003. A full Midway Plaisance skating schedule and offerings is up in the Midway page; next spring-summer there will be a full array of sports camps at Midway. See a description of a unique training regimen in Washington Park. See Nichols gym schedules (sampler)


General and non-parks recreational facilities- and programs

We suggest surfing a general engine such as You can browse by activity or facility, such as "swimming" or "summer camps", or by locale or individual venue.

Aerosculpt aerobics and weights combined. Next classes registration for Super-Band Feb 3 120d:30-k3, Sunday Feb. 4 2-5. Classes Tu and Th 7:35-8:35 am, 4:30-5:30 pm, M and W 6:30-7:30 ,7:30-8:30 am. Intro price for 10 weeks $225. Also $50 pilates. Church of St. Paul and Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester (50th side) , 773 255-4038. Open house Sept 11-12 2-4.

Aikido. M, Th 7. Donald Levine. Aiki Extensions. At Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood$40 a month, $12 a session. 312 627-6757

Bally Sports Clubs/Fitness Center. 1301 E. 47th St., across from a major new shopping center that includes the 47th Co-op and Walgreen's. 773 924-9889. This large, impressive, busy, clean professionally-run center includes tennis, other courts, (not volleyball or basketball), weight and fitness centers. Accessible. (The park district negotiated to acquire this facility but Bally's won; the interest of both speaks volumes, and Bally's substantially remodeled it. Connected is a U of C healthcare clinic and sports medicine and therapy facility and several amenities.) University of Chicago/Hospitals offers staff and employees free trial memberships or 15% discounts. Prices are not too steep- $60-100 per month, can be much less, more if you engage a specialized personal trainer.
New to Ballys: XS Tennis and Golf (which see) starting October 4, 2008. Registration opens October 1. All ages and skills, court and driving range rentals, equipment rental and sales, apparel sales, racket stringing.,, 773 548-PLAY (7529).

Bellydancing at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. W 7:30. AnansaKai TaSeti., 1-888 408 1115

B.I.G. Baseball Academy. Ellis Park- Best Instruction Guaranteed Baseball Academy (B.I.G). All current or former pro players. Instructs indoor and outdoor baseball clinics throughout the city year round for kids aged 4 to 13. Camp at Ellis June 19 t0August 29. Instruction-drills-strength and conditioning-field trips to minor league stadiums. Certificates. $175 a week. July camps 9:30 am-12:30 pm, August camps 9:30 am-3:30 pm. 707 E. 37th St. Contact Keronn Walker 773 206-9363,

Capoiera Alkebulan at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. 5480 S. Kenwood. W, F 7. Jaiel Omari, 773 651-9402

Chaturanga Holistic Fitness, 1525 E. 55th St. No 302.

Chicago Croquet Club plays at Jackson Park lawn bowling facility, south of 58th Science Drive west of Lake Shore Drive. Contact Dan Whalen, 773 269-2745.

Chicago Youth Lacrosse. Starting spring 2011. Founder/Director Head Coach, Boys Lacrosse. Drew Stevenson,, Chicago Youth Lacrosse Saint Ignatius College Prep, (C)312.720.4295 (F)615.694.8079, CYL is a division of Develop The Athlete /

Curves, International Fitness Centers. 1424 E. 53rd St., north side. For women, it features a support-group approach.

Discovery Martial Arts for Kids. Info pending, serves North Kenwood northward.

Falun Gong instructions free.. every Tuesday 6:30 pm at Blackstone Branch Library, 4904 S. Lake Park. Bill Wu.

Fitzgerald's Martial Arts. Joe Fitzgerald. 1742 E. 55th St. 773 643-5648. Self-defense and youth fitness. Includes swimming, bike riding, sports, martial arts.An International Tang Soo Do Affiliate (students must join at $30, and buy uniform c$29 for kids, $36 for adults--$50 for both before Sept. 30 2004 and $80 per month membership fee. Bargains available.) Master Joe Fitzgerald, M. Ed.

Fitzgerald's Hyde Park Neighborhood Club schedule. Mondays through Wednesdays, youth 5:15-6:15, beginners 6:30-7, adults 7-8:15. Ken Washington at 312 955-7503.

Faithful Few and Girls off the Street. Summer 2011. Girls off the Street. We have plans for activities such as organizing a girl's fast-pitch softball team that play throughout the city, participating in a youth organization that has camps across the country (, and hosting a girls' basketball tournament with Christian Youth Organization CYO at Washington Park.
We will conclude our summer activities with "One Step Back In Time" which is an old fashion picnic with Horseback riding, games and the biggest water balloon battle you've so proud of what we will be able to accomplish with the support of YOU our sponsors.
Sust-partners, “Girls off the Street” isn't like traditional sports programs. Our program offers fitness, nutrition, health, and leadership skills to address girls' overall health while engaging them in fun activities. Parents know their girls need Girls off the Street, and they need your help to make this a reality. Our program is either totally free to girls or offered on a sliding scale. Please visit our website now and make a donation; it may just save a young girl's life this summer.

Happy Body Wellness- See Lotus Living

Harris Recreational Center. 6200 S. Drexel- Open summer 2005. Fees- level unknown for now. This venerable institution with a major swimming pool and large gym was remodeled and converted into a park facility by the Park District and YWCA with U of C help. The pool is expected open, and (although sometimes under repair) as well as the gym including innovative training/climbing regimen facilities (to complement innovative outdoor facilities at Washington Park's Bynum Island), and probably gymnastics. Park programs will work with Washington, Midway, and Don Nash park district sports centers. (An advisory council meets 3rd Thursday evenings at 6:30; you can get advanced information there.) Call Southeast Region Chicago Park District for details, 312 747-7661.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Legends Baseball League, hotline 773 353-1578. Marcellus Moore, president.

A link to wider classes:

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club More in other section above. 5480 S. Kenwood Avenue. Prices reasonable to free. The smallish gym is heavily used for bball, volleyball, lots of other classes including various aerobics, yoga, therapeutic, seniors, kids, and social programs. There is a ball field to the north (in Nichols Park), which hosts Junior League youth ball teams, Games Day 1st Wednesday sp. by HPNC and the Service League. Also beginning bridge, paint from observation, Films on Fridays.... A unique facet is an innovative dog and dog owner training program. See the Club's website site for range and schedule of programs. HPNC dates to 1910 and has occupied its recently-remodeled facility in the heart of Hyde Park since the late 1950s. It is widely supported in the community. Accessible. 773 643-4062, Mons. Morning yoga classes at 9 am.

Sports Factory. is now at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. 5480 S. Kenwood. 312 388-3513. A youth basketball clinic and instructional league for kids grades 6-8. 8 week camp ends with competitive tournament. All skills accepted. Fridays at 6, Saturdays at 1:30.

Lil Kickers, We Got Game, lots others

Summer camp coming:
Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Includes 10 week summer camp for kids who have completed grades 6-8. June 18-August 24. Supported by Hyde Park Bank. 5480 S. Kenwood. 773 643-4062. Also an extra 2 weeks for those reg. with deposit by May 15.
June 16-August 22 2008 (entire CPS vacation) 7 am-6 pm. Children's Summer Camp for ages 5-11, includes swimming, dancing, martial arts, art, educational games, plus for extra fee basketball, soccer, fencing, chess: $2,500 fo 10 weeks, financial aid available.
Also 10 weeks: Explore the City Teen Summer Camp for ages 12-14 entering 7th -8th grade: each week is based on a different theme: sports, art, critical teen issues, touring the city, plus and lots of field trips including African-Caribbean Fest, Niketown, Art Institute all for $1,600.
Do not know if following repeats this year: Parent Child Gardening camp with Kristine Grieber. Every Saturday in July.
Summer Harvest in the garden. Finished grades, K-5. August 27-31, 5 sessions 9 am-1 pm. $280. Afterschool service available. Common Threads.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
. 5480 S. Kenwood. 773 643-4062., Holly Leiker,

Other programs for kids (and some for adults) include Hip Hop Dance, Digital Music Production, Abstract Mixed Media, Beginning Watercolor, Fun Place (Mon-Fri 3-6 for Jr. High incl. computer and digital labs, sports, field trips...), Junior High Camps late Sept. and early Oct.

Hyde Park School of Dance at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. Sat 9-2. (or of ballet) 773 493-8498

Instep Stepping at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. Tu 7. Maurice Coes. 773 350-2746

Jazzercise classes

Jazzercise at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. M 6:30-8, Sat 8:45-10. 773 549-7310, 312 415-0496.

JCC- Hyde Park Jewish Community Center (of Chicago). 5200 South Hyde Park Blvd. Full info in AfterSchool.

JCC Day Camp for 3yrs to 9th grade. 773 753-3080. Red Cross swimming, sports, art, music, drama, field trips, cookouts, overnighters, theme days, entertainment. Mature prof. staff with excellent camper to counselor ratios.

Recreation for youth is cited in their mission, in addition to other youth, adult, and educational programming. The public is solicited for participation. Facilities opened in 2002. Fees are sometimes pricey. 773 753-3080. Autumn: Boys basketball players-teams go all over the city. Teams/leagues:
7-8th gr. travel bb, 4-5th travel bb, 2nd-4th in house bb league, 5-7th in house bb league, men's bb league, women's vball and bb. Also swimming and swimming classes, children's ice skating classes, adult bowling, ping-pong, tots gym, gymnastics classes for kids, flag football, kwan-do, yoga, full adult fitness, jazzercise, private piano-music, chess, Spanish, animation, writing and stories, early life/parent child play and yoga, gym rentals. Brian Latman at 773 753-3080 x203.
Hyde Park JCC Day Camp-
a kid community. 4 and 8 week sessions this summer for 3 years through 9th grade. Red Cross swim instruction, sports, art, drama, field trips before and after care. Spaces filling. 773 753-3080. view camp brochure on gymnastics, swimming lessons, Tai Kwon Do, basketball leagues. Request free program guide at 773 753-3080 or

Jazzercise. Locales, class inf0 in Chicago. Worldwide.
At Church of St. Paul and Redeemer Parish Hall, 4945 S. Dorchester Tu/Th 6:30 pm, M/W 10 am) Jazzercise Lite. Instructor Michele Means, 312 415j-0496
At Hyde Park Neighborhood Club T/Th 6:30 pm, M/W 9:30 am Info at the Chicago website.

Jackson Park Junior Golf Program. Emanuel Worley, Golf Pro, Jackson Park Driving Park, 6300 S. Hayes Dr.773-410-6362 Please call to set up your program for a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. or 1/2 hour lesson for Juniors... rate is $40.00 (balls included).

Kali Ray TriYoga. 5124 S. Cornell. 773 643-5460.

Lakeside Lawn Bowling Club. Starts in May and goes well into fall. Lessons available. Regular play weekends and some weekday afternoons/evenings. Shares schedule with Croquet. Bowling green and clubhouse are south of 58th/Science Drive west of Lake Shore Drive.
Contact Tom Michael, 708 366-8228.

Lotus Living Urban Retreat and Wholeness Center. Also known as Happy Body Wellness- 1755 E. 55th St. Hyde Parker Bill Pavelec 312-493-9766 believes in a truly comprehensive and commonsense approach--also healing and conditioning the human spirit, comprehensive personal safety and much more. Classes go 45 minutes followed by meditation etc. Includes Monday Beginning Edification 8:30-9:15 pm. Reservations. 312 493-9766. Includes an 8-session (2 time options) comprehensive self defense S.T.O.P. for $120- may become a buying place for HPKCC's WhistleSTOP whistles.

The Regents Club at Regents Park Hyde Park. Greg Forest. 5020 South Lake Shore Drive. Private health club with swimming pool, fitness center, aerobics classes, whirlpool and sauna, poolside grill, trainers, sundecks, free weight, kick boxing, aqua aerobics, abs. more. Special packages in the $700 single, $900 couple ranges for 10 months. Free valet parking. 773 288-2131.

Quadrangle Club. 1155 E. 57th St. Tennis instruction and camps in summer on clay courts. n’s Camp

Youth camp. Our talented director, Pat Henighan, , USPTA Certified head ro, has carefully selected instructors for skills and ability to work and communicate with children of all ages and ability.

Camps run M-Th with Fri as rain date. Afternoon upon demand. Players are grouped into age and level categories. All players must have racquets and tennis shore. T-shirt provided. Jr. racquets for under 10 can be purchased.

Ages 4-10 drills, ages 11-16 recreational and competitive.
10-12 pm $140 ($125 members).
Drop in drills for adults 6-8 pm starting June 13- $15 for one hour, $25 for 2.

Dates: June 18-21, 25-28, July 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, Aug. 6-9.
Find registration on website pr ca;; 883 702-7221.

Rhythms 'N' Moves aerobics. At First Unitarian. Also, Dances of Universal Peace, International Folk Dancing--check the Culture Calendar or watch the Herald for times and locations.

Seven Ten Lanes: Bowling, Billiards, Restaurant and Bar. On 55th Street in the University of Chicago's garage between Greenwood and Ellis, 1055 E. 55th St., 773 347-2695. Bowling lanes $15 per hour, shoe rental $2. Pool tables $10 per hour. Credit card required for both. M-Th 11:30a -1 am, Fr, Sat 11:30-2 a,. Sum/ 11:30 am-midnight. Parking garage free after 4 pm and on weekends.

Sno-Gophers Ski Club and Indoors/Outdoors Golf. Training and outings for high schoolers at Jackson Park. Jacqueline Beard. 773 978-0493.

South Side YMCA. 6330 S. Stony Island. Called pricey by Woodlawn neighbors--but much isn't--an afternoon or evening swim for $3. It has loads of swimming (excellent), gym space, aerobics etc, etc, and weights (although that across the street in Jackson Park fieldhouse is free, features free weights, and doesn't have machines at outside windows). Outdoor team sports include football. It has a tots and child life facility. Note- not for you if you don't want to play or work out in a facility "full of kids and teens." 773 947-0700.

The Space- new. This gym started in 2012 in the newly opened Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd., features boutique functional training.

Tae Kwon Do at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood. W 6. Sensei Wesley. 773 559-8767.

Taijiguan of Hyde Park. Silkreeling and Old frame

Tang Soo Do at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S Kenwood. M, F 5:30. Master Fitzgerald. 67673 643-5648.

Three Pillars Wellness and yoga center at 1516 E. 53rd St. has closed due to impending move of owner Cynthia Latimer's impending move to Oregon, but its replacements are already in place-Chataranga Holistic Fitness and Praxis Holistic Chiropractic adn Massage have opened in the Arts Deco building at 1525 E. 55th St.

University of Chicago Ratner Athletic Facility and Swimming Pool and Crown Fieldhouse. 5500(?) S. Ellis and 5550(?) S. University. For the present, these facilities are limited to students, faculty/staff, and alumni but there seem to be some exceptions. It is expected that after use (so far very high) is assessed, certain facilities in Ratner (and maybe Crown after remodeling) will be opened to community use (but not likely the pool). Varsity sports tickets are available to the public for a modest fee and free to all alumni, students, and staff. There are special youth programs and camps, especially in summer, available to registrants from anywhere. For information on the facilities, etc., contact the Department of Physical Education and Athletics, 773 702-7684. Recorded message Activities Line 773 702-4800. Facilities information and court reservations 773 753-4680. UC Athletics Website.

Youth Guidance-B.A.M (Becoming a Man)-Sports Edition (Tony Di Vittorio) with World Sport Chicago (Scott Myers), (University of) Chicago Crime Lab and CPS and many partners and funders. Gearing up (27-week session starts November 2009) to go into the schools (up to 15 mostly high schools, 7th-10th- grades). The program will provide hundreds of adolescent boys around Chicago with a combination of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and access to sports, with the hope of identifying an effective strategy for addressing the unique challenges facing many of the city’s male youth. It is the first effort designed to help scholars scientifically measure the effectiveness of these two interventions. The first component is a group-based youth intervention designed by Youth Guidance, one of Chicago’s oldest and most established social service agencies offering counseling and life-preparedness programs to at-risk Chicago public school students. Provides positive male role models and teaches emotional self-regulation and social skills needed to avoid conflict-out-of-control.
“Sports Edition,” the second intervention component, is a package of Olympic sports?including archery, boxing, judo, team handball, wrestling and weight lifting?developed by World Sport Chicago, a non-profit organization that serves as the “living legacy” of Chicago 2016.
World Sport Chicago works to increase the awareness of and involvement in Olympic and Paralympic sports among the city’s youth. These after-school sports programs will offer safe and supervised recreational opportunities and be directed by coaches trained in the basics of the BAM program model to support students’ social and emotional development. The sports component will serve as both an opportunity to reinforce the principles and values that students learn through BAM, but also provides a safe, structured environment for students to engage in positive activities during a potentially risk-filled time of the day.
Youth Guidance is hqd at 1903 E. 96th St. 60617, 773 375-6741.
World Sport Chicago-located at 200 E. Randolph, 20th floor, 60601, 312 616-5450. Has a scholarship program.

XS Tennis and Golf in Bally's, 1301 E. 47th St. Starting October 4, 2008. Registration opens October 1. All ages and skills, court and driving range rentals, equipment rental and sales, apparel sales, racket stringing.,, 773 548-PLAY (7529).
Four tennis courts, an indoor golf area with 10 hitting stations and putting and chipping greens. Join through Bally's or yearly membership at $150 adults, $75 children , $250 families plus coaching ($58 an hour for private) and usage fees-need-based scholarships available. Malcolm Bufford and Kamau Murray founders and touring professionals, South Siders who learned at Ballys Hyde Park's predecessor. Program ranges from instruction and and exercise to high-level competition. 11 pros are all professional circuit or college Division I. Tennis school early fall 2008 had 15 adult and 97 child students--three of the latter ranked from #1 in Illinois to #21 in the nation. Also starting XSTREME Learning Foundation focusing on academics esp. math, science that help players understand mechanics of sports (Lolita Preston).


Many religious facilities have gyms and host recreational activities and programs, especially for youth, not limited to congregants or even targeted to the neighborhood. These likely include KAM Isaiah Israel, Hyde Park Union Church, Rodfei Zedek, St. Paul and the Redeemer, St. Thomas The Apostle. See locations and contacts in the Religion page. And there are several providers of full yoga and tai chi or martial arts/philosophically based recreation.

Schools indoor facilities (and often outdoor) are generally off limits to non-students, although there may be special "midnight basketball" etc. programs.

Team sports are available:


Chicago Park District and shared park-school facilities. The latter may grow with the NeighborSports and AfterSchoolMatters, as well as KidStart and ParkKids city and parks, schools programs grow. (More about these)

South Region Staffed Parks in Hyde Park/Kenwood: Jackson Park Field House ( 6401 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, 773 56-0903. Region office at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive 312 747-2470.

Unstaffed Parks: Burnham/Promontory Point (at present), Harold Washington.

More Staffed parks in the HPK area: Dyett, 1513 E. 51st St. 312 747-6118, Kennicott, 4344 S. Lake Park 60653 312 747-7138, Kenwood, 1330 E. 50th 312 747-6285, Midway (312 745-2470 or or contact Region), Nichols (starting Winter 2004), YMCA Harris District (starting Winter, 2004), Washington, 5531 S. King Drive 312 747-6823. (Don Nash at distance to south.) Region office at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Avenue, 773 747-7661.

Major (most staffed) facilities. Note, there are many small parks in the area that have playlots and other play equipment, example: the ball field (really on school proper try) at Bixler, 57th and Kenwood. Find these in the Park Directory table, with locations, facilities, etc. Note, many of the facilities, especially tennis courts, are run by private companies and have reservation schedules and strict rules--go over and read these before going over for a match and being disappointed.

Burnham. Technically from 12th to 56th. Auto access east of Drive only at 31st. Skate rink at 31st. Basketball south of 3th? Swimming at Pebble Beach (4900) access via overpasses 47th, 51st. Major bike and running paths (comfort stations- see in Park Directory). Soccer often played c. 5400 west of Drive. Major upgrade of recreation facilities and new beaches being planned 3700-5100. Smelt and other fishing are popular, to extent not being disrupted by shoreline project and unfriendly seawalls. On the west side of the Drive south of 47th are ball fields (with some security issues and no facilities; north of the 47th parking lot enjoy the Natural Area.)

Harold Washington. 51st to 53rd, S. Hyde Park Blvd. to the Drive. Very popular in Hyde Park are the major tennis courts (lit) on the south lakefront south of 10th and north of Jackson Park. Harold Washington Playground. Mi nature sailing pond. Small but highly popular basketball courts. Informal ball fields. Highly crowded summer weekends with picnics.

Harris Recreational Center, 6200 S. Drexel. Pool, weights, gym, lots of programs. (Don Nash on 71st and Dyett also have pools, Washington an outdoor.)

Jackson. 56th to 67th, Stony Island to the Lake. Major park.

Visit Jackson Park's newly renovated Fitness Center. Purchase a $50 fitness pass today and receive unlimited visits during the quarter, Monday-Friday 9:30 am-9:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Per-session also available. Jackson Park Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 773 256-0903.

Kenwood. 49th to 50th, c. Kenwood to Dorchester, 312 746-5962 . Small staffed fieldhouse, many of the sports programs including basketball are held in adjacent Shoesmith School. Tennis courts with lessons and camps. Four baseball/soccer fields are a regional and team draw. New playgrounds.

Kennicott. 4434 S. Lake Park, 312 747-7138 . Good sized fieldhouse has been restored to recreational and cultural program and facility use. Ball fields. Strong programs in martial arts and weights. Call the park, or for Unlimited Discovery Martial Arts: Sensei Terry Young, 773 548-7607,

Mandrake. 39th-40th from Cottage Grove almost to Lake Shore Drive. This new park may be staffed from the new comfort station west of Cottage Grove and has a very small "fieldhouse" (trailer? ) facility at the park's edge. A large running track and open areas for ball, along with playground, are its main facilities. (Not, too exposed to busy roads for small kids? Security issues seem to have diminished.)

Midway. Rick Shaheen, 312 745-2470. Ice Skate Rink (also used for sports camps in spring and summer-even tennis) has a Warming House with concession that doubles as a field house. Schedules in season, iced skating closed for 2004) (including lessons, rat hockey, open times and rentals) in Midway page, park district website, or This park has a large suite of soccer fields, but many are reserved by leagues or the University Lab Schools. Summer camp programs often spend part of the day at Washington pool.

Camps: Spring break and summer camps will now be shared with Nichols- alternating dominance of slots and the staff between the parks. Spring Break Camp- sometimes here, sometimes at Nichols.

(Don) Nash Community Center. 1833 E. 71st St. 312 747-1831. Indoor pool. Seniors fitness center. Gym and recreational facilities. An extensive swimming schedule, including aquatic exercise & instruction, life guarding, swimming, lap, learn to swim, open, swim team.

Harris Recreational Center. 6200 S. Drexel. Includes swimming and a wide variety of sports and other activities, often in conjunction with other centers.

Nichols. 53rd to 55th, Kimbark to near Dorchester. 312 747-2703. Shared gym fieldhouse set to open in the northeast corner of the park along 53rd in Winter, 2004. Supervisor Heather Kelly, full programming in progress. See Nichols home page for details. Nichols Park also has a softball-sized field at the south end near the neighborhood club, tennis courts at 54th St. and Kimbark, and playgrounds at 54th St./Kenwood and (tots) Kimbark north of 55th st. Visit the Nichols Park Gym page for full suite of programs. Nichols Park homepage. See camps above, in Midway, for more info. on the break camps.

Promontory. Field house recreational programming is moved to Jackson. Meadow often serves as a soccer field. Popular bike and running trails. Famous (unsanctioned) swimming venue; sunbathing and fishing; popular for weddings, too.

South Shore Cultural Center. 7059 South Shore Drive. This historic club is a terrific venue and program center for arts and culture, with some recreational programs for kids and youth, especially dance (renowned tap and others), yoga etc. etc. It also has a 9-hole golf course, a beach, and a nature walk. 312 747-2536.

Washington. Major fieldhouse with gyms, all kinds of recreation and class rooms. Olympic-sized outdoor pool. (There is talk of doming over the pool for all-season use.) Vast array of (some lit) ball fields, tennis courts, Adventureland Augmented training regimen facility on Bynam Island (director David Stephens, Reservationist Wesley Wiley, park supervisor Janie Collins. 312 747-6823, more information in Washington.). Running/jogging paths. Big time fishing when lagoons reopen in 2004. Contact park for other recreational opportunities in this major park.

(Non park except by partial agreement: Dyett. North end of Washington Park at 513 E. 51st. A great indoor pool--preferred by the groups demanding more pools and Class A-1 fieldhouse's in near southeast Chicago. Openings, hours and staffing are somewhat odd and erratic as the school has preempted most use of this pool and is in dispute with the park district. Swimming schedule is much smaller than at Nash. Recreation center no longer has park or community access. Swimming schedule this fall was

ML King High School: Indoor Pool, still under renovation? Not available to non-school?To share hours with park district for community use when reopened. Some accessibility limitations but a grand pool. Gymnastic programs are also here.)


Some special facilities

Harbors/Yacht Clubs

In Jackson Park: Jackson Park, Museum Shores, and Southern Shore Yacht Clubs. (Harbors and Clubs not open year round. Look for harbors in telephone directory under Chicago Park District; query this site for contacts to yacht clubs.)

Golf Courses (Managed by Kemper Sports)

Jackson Park Golf Course. 18-hole Course. Partee Golf Clubhouse, 63rd and S. Lake Shore Drive, 312 747-2763

Jackson Park Golf Driving Range, 63rd and S. Lake Shore Drive, 312 747-2762.

Contact also Jackson Park Golf Association, 1718-20 E. 75th St., 60649, 773 493-8820 Note- moved or closed?

South Shore Golf Course. 9-hole Course. 71st and South Shore Drive, 312 474-6250. Junior Golf also.

Golf course management: 455 N. Cityfront Center, 312 245-0909

Jackson Park Bowling Green.

Located southeast of Science and Industry and Science Drive near Lake Shore Drive, the special-turf green and fieldhouse are open in season. Mostly scheduled for the Lake Side Lawn Bowling Club and South Side Croquet. Lawn bowling open house include midday Saturdays and Sundays and Tuesday evenings. Phone- 773 684-9799 or ask at field house or park district website.

Tennis: Burnham incl. 53rd, Jackson (several), Kenwood, Nichols, Washington... Read information at the individual court. A major player and soon to have its own 53rd Courts/Harold Washington Park page in the national website is the Community Tennis Association of U.S. Tennis Association. Richard Bradley is one of the Chicago leaders. A local leader is Robert Velasco.
US Tennis Association has Tennis Welcome Centers--one is at Jackson Park. On line browsing and locator with contacts now available. It includes guides to lessons. There is also a toll free number, 1-866 686-3036 and e-mail.

Here's what the site has on tennis in the area:

The program at Harold Washington will be for Adults, Juniors, Seniors, Teams, and Leagues and includes Instruction, Camp, Clinics (which may include free and fee-based), Mixers, Tournaments, and maybe Pro Tours. Program will be heaviest April-September.

Watch for summer tourneys and weekly tennis mixers in Jackson and other parks., including junior. Bob Velasco, 991-0231.

Tennis and other specific sports camps abound in our many parks and indoor fitness and recreational centers (look by name of center or fieldhouse, or sometimes by program name or type, here, in the Parks or Recreational sections, or our Recreation and Fitness page. Some kinds of sports camps-- especially tennis-- are taught by private instructors, under a larger umbrella such as U.S. or Midwest Tennis, or free lance. One example is that advertised for a "scenic Hyde Park Location"-- probably Harold Washington at 53rd and South Shore-- June 16-August 22, daily or weekly full or part day between 8 am and 5:30 pm- call "Coach Ralph" at 773 369-1027. Others are taught in Jackson Park-- call the fieldhouse 773 256-0903 for contacts, or Kenwood.

Other parks with tennis courts that are expected to offer tennis lessons for kids and adults are

The University of Chicago. Available to qualified fee-payers (visit the Ratner Center or the Crown Field House.) 773 753-4680.

Ice Skating Rink--see Midway

Indoor pools

Don Nash Community Center, 1833 E. 71st St.,312 747-1860.

Dyett, 513 E. 51st St, 312 747-6118. Hours are limited and those answering at Dyett or the Southeast Region don't always have the answer. Yes, it's open, but not summer! ! 312 747-0832.

Harris Recreational Center. 6200 S. Drexel.

King Magnet High School. 4445 S. Drexel. Call Southeast Region CPD? 312 747-7661. Closed for renovation?

Washington Park by the fieldhouse 5531 King Dr. (summer only) 312 747-0832




(Under construction)
Check out fishing poles at select Chicago Public Libraries- 312 747-4780

This area has popular fishing sites: Washington and Jackson Park lagoons/Columbia basin (actually one is not supposed to fish in the Jackson Lagoons and eating the fish is not at all recommended except Columbia basin. Columbia Basin and Washington are restocked in summer.)
Also, the lakeshore to the extent not interfered with by new revetments. Springtime night smelt fishing is a Chicago ritual!. Favorites spots include Casino Pier just east of the 63rd St. Beach and by the harbors. Morgan Shoal by 49th is good for boat fishing-just be careful not to get your boat hung up!

Sample of recreational program and facility offerings in area parks

Drawn mainly from Southeast and South Lakefront issue of @PLAY, quarterly program that has been discontinued!!. Most of these are not offered in HPK or Woodlawn, South Shore, or neighborhoods north and west. Registration must be either on-line at or in person at the park. Registration as soon as it registration opens is recommended.

To Nichols Gym spring schedule.

Swimming. Pretty much limited in the parks to Dyett and Nash (next year YWCA Harris, King High?). Others: Bally, South Side YMCA. Park programs include aquatic exercise, life guarding, family, lap, learn to, open, team. Missing in our area: diving, water polo, water walking, aqua volleyball, teen games, parents and tots swim. No indoor in South Lakefront--where is Rainbow's promised pool?

Camps (Camps and clubs are increasingly concentrated in certain locales and not duplicated in every neighborhood so that it may be necessary to go many miles to a fieldhouse that offers what you are interested in. Other camps- there are plenty, alas no longer McWillie's.
. Jackson, Kennicott, Kenwood, Nash, Washington
Sports. Not in our area this fall. In summer the above plus Jackson, Midway

Clubs (for unusual: Model Railroad at Calumet Park) (Early childhood programs are at Daley Bicentennial downtown.)
Pre-teen club and instruction. Kennicott
Senior Activities and fitness. Nash
Teen Jackson, Kenwood, Nash

Table Games
Kennicott (instruction)
Game room. Washington

Fitness and Martial Arts
Aerobic kick boxing, other martial arts and weighs. Kennicott
Bhatki yoga, Hatha yoga, Yoga for health. South Shore
Hips-Abs-Thighs. Nash
Chair exercise instruction. Nash
Conditioning, weights. Jackson
Fitness Center. Jackson, Nash, Washington
Karate, Capoeira Angola, Tai Chi for health. South Shore
Therapeutic recreation. Jackson

Gymnastics King (pretty much the only for kids, teens, adults, teams, tumbling. (Girls team tumbling at Washington). Lakefront gymnastics is at Calumet

Outdoor and Environmental
Junior Earth Team (JETS).
Environmental ed and gardening instruction at Mann Park, active in several parks including South Shore...
Hyde Park Art Center (at Trumbull Park)

Performing arts. Virtually none in Southeast near us.
Line dance instruction. Nash
Music and movement. Washington
Band. Kennicott, South Shore
Dance (Ballet, Afr., ballrm, jazz, hip hop, latin, co. western line for seniors, Steppers, tap (incl. seniors) South Shore. At Nichols: partner Say Salsa, 775 955-0222.
Hip Hop techniques. Jackson
Music various and of all kinds. South Shore
Piano. Jackson

Social interaction, Jackson, Kenwood, South Shore
Park Kids afterschool. Nash, Washington

Sports (very few of Southeast offerings are in this area)
Basketball. Jackson (incl. instr., teen open gym, leagues, Men's Late (Bulls), Kenwood, Midway, Nash, Washington, instruction at Kennicott, no Southeast leagues or league instruction
Cross country. Washington (girls only)
Football. (Junior Bears league) Jackson (incl. instruction, flag), Washington
Hockey (Floor). Washington
Hockey (Rat to roller). Midway
Skating. Midway (including in-line)
Table Tennis. Kennicott
Tennis outdoor. Midway
Tennis academy.
Volleyball. Washington (6 on 6 instruction), Nash (co-rec), Midway

Arts and Crafts instr.
Kennicott, Washington (incl. senior)
Paper. Washington
Woodcraft. Kennicott, Washington (esp.)


Nichols Park Gym facility programs Spring, 2004 sample of what is offered: walk in to get your current and upcoming program copy.

Say Salsa dance lessons with the culture that goes behind it. 4 week $100, 8 week $160., 773 955-0222. Tuesdays at 7 pm.


Bicycling and running links and events. More info in the Bike page! comes in Septembers (full marathon in October),,
Bike Chicago events calendar
(city's site > Special Events- scroll down), 312 744-2964; (still valid address in 2004)
Federal Manual of Standards for trails, "facs", etc. go to

bike enthusiasts

Chicago Dept. of Transportation Includes new maps and routes
CDOT bike plan,  
or, or,  
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (312 42-PEDAL) Key organization
Chicago Clubs, chat rooms, ride/race schedules, resources
League of Illinois Bicyclists
Chicagoland Bicycle Map Maps--order/download
Selected Bicycling Links in Chicago An amazing set of links...  worth the visit
Bicycle Transportation Notes: Additional Resources Planning, laws, and more
Ride and Race Schedules, Shops
Model Laws
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Research organization
Cycling Advocacy Sites
Chicago Area Transportation Study-Soles and Spokes Research, resources, funding advocacy, planning and coordination. Works with Ch. Bicycle Fed.

Don't forget the running groups: Chicago Area Runners Association e-mail