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Waukegan Park District Activities


The following are a list of locations, where you may find out more information about our recreation programs, activities, athletics, special events and rentals. Please contact any of these locations for your recreational needs. You may also register for programs at the Belvidere Recreation Center and at the Field House Sports and Fitness Center at Hinkston Park.

(BRC) Belvidere Recreation Center, Belvidere Park, 412 S. Lewis Ave
M-F 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-2pm
Phone: (847) 360-4700
Fax: (847) 662-6621
TTY: (847) 662-3800

(FH) Field House Sports and Fitness Center, Hinkston Park, 800 N. Baldwin Ave
M-F 5:30am-9pm, Sat-Sun 7am-5pm
Phone: (847) 782-3300
Fax: (847) 782-3303
General Information Hotline: (847) 782-3309
Sports Hotline (weather): (847) 360-4785

Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County Office
Upton Park Douglas House, 732 N. Genesee St
Phone: (847)360-4760 – Call for office and programming hours
Fax: (847) 662-2577 TTY: (847) 662-2577

Jack Benny Center for the Arts, Bowen Park, 39 Jack Benny Dr 
M-R 10am-9pm, F 10am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm
Phone: (847) 360-4740
Fax: (847) 662-0592

Bonnie Brook Golf Course and Greenshire Golf Course Programs – 2800 N Lewis Ave 
Clubhouse: (847) 360-4730
Fax: (847) 360-4795
Golf Shop: (847) 360-4730



Hunt Club Community Center Hours

Monday – Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday (April-September), 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday (October-March), 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fitness Center – Are you looking for a place for the entire family to get fit and healthy?  Check out our fully equipped Fitness Center on the second floor of the Hunt Club Community Center.  Our Fitness Center includes Precor, StairMaster, Cybex & Concept 2 Cardio Equipment and a full line of Magnum Strength Training & Free Weight Equipment.

Indoor Track – Joggers and walkers can cover a mile in 12 laps on our indoor, climate-controlled track.  An expanse of windows provide a view of the outdoors as well as an interior overview of the gymnasium below.

Rock Climbing Wall – Challenge your friends and family on our 24-foot rock climbing wall. If you enjoy climbing or have always wanted to scale a wall like Spiderman, then you’ve come to the right place. A variety of classes will be offered throughout the year with certified staff on hand. Event schedules, hours, and classes will be available at the Hunt Club Park Community Center or online. For hours of operation, please check the monthly Hunt Club Park calendar or online. Climbers must be at least 6 years old and 40 inches tall and must be wearing gym shoes.

Group Exercise/Multipurpose Room – If you enjoy participating in Group Exercise Classes, be sure to check out the myriad of classes offered in this room, which features a state-of-the-art sound system and suspended wood floors to help reduce impact and injury.  This room will also be used for general programs and birthday parties.

Dance Studio – From Tiny Dancers to Intermediate Ballet, this state-of-the-art studio offers a wood floor, mirrored walls, and balanced sound system paired with our experienced staff.

Preschool Wing – The Center’s classrooms house a variety of programs, including preschool, arts and crafts, and music to meet the needs of preschoolers, children, and adults.

Meeting Room – This room offers a great location for community meetings, as well as a home for programs offered by the Gurnee Park District.

Rentals – The Hunt Club Park Community Center is a great place to hold your next party, meeting, business function or special event. The Gymnasium, Family Activity Room, Multipurpose Room, Climbing Wall and Meeting Room are all available for rental.

Child Care Room

The Child Care Room at the Hunt Club Park Community Center accepts reservations and drop ins, based on availability for children 3 months and up. Children 3 – 24 months will be accepted by reservation only. A complete list of guidelines is available at the Hunt Club Park Child Care Room or at the registration desk.

Parents must remain on-site while their children are in the Child Care Room. The maximum allowable time for children 3-24 months is 1.5 hours. The maximum allowable time for children 2-6 years is 2 hours.

Gold and Platinum Fit Pass Members may select Child Care as an add-on option. Program Participants may also utilize childcare through the use of a 10-visit punch card or by paying a daily fee.


The Gymnasium is perfect for practice, small games, or just space for children to run off some energy! Many Park District Programs are held in the gym. There are also many drop-in opportunities to pick up a game with friends! Rentals include use of basketballs, volleyballs, volleyball standards, room divider, and bleachers.

On November 10, W2C hit the road and toured North Central College and Benedictine University.  A rainstorm and a little hail didn’t dampen our spirits as 64 W2Cers visited classrooms, dorm rooms and heard from admissions counselors about applying to college and financial aid.  Many thanks to Hillary for translating these talks! At North Central, first generation student, Eduardo, shared some of his experiences.  For some students who have been with W2C from the beginning, these were the 7th and 8th campuses they’ve visited!

Viking Club Community Center Hours

The Viking Park Community Center is located at 4374 Old Grand Avenue, in Gurnee. An addition was built and renovations were made to the main building in 2001.

Offices – Administrative Offices, Business Service Offices, Registration Office, and Recreation Staff Offices.

Preschool Rooms – The Viking Park Community Center’s preschool rooms house a variety of programs, including preschool, arts and crafts, science, and language.

Dance Studio – This state-of-the-art studio offers a wood floor, mirrored walls, and sound system paired with our experienced staff. Some yoga classes also take place in this room.

Conference Room/Activity Room – Regular Board Meetings take place in this room. This room is also used for programming.

Dance Hall – Fitness classes and Viking Park Singers rehearsals are held in the Dance Hall. The Dance Hall is available for rent for wedding receptions, large meetings, parties, etc. It can accommodate up to 186 guests.


Our department has a long history of partnerships with Waukegan School District No. 60.

McRAH – Model Collaboration: Rethinking American History

 McRAH was an innovative professional development program that resulted from a $930,000 grant awarded to the Waukegan Public Schools in collaboration with Lake Forest College and the Chicago Historical Society by the U.S. Department of Education from 2001 – 2004. Based at Lake Forest College and the Chicago Historical Society, faculty were drawn from Lake Forest College, Loyola University Chicago, and Northwestern University. For more information see

Linking Learning Communities: A New Teacher Leadership Project

Linking Learning Communities (LLC): A New Teacher Leadership Project is a project of the Associated Colleges of Illinois’ Center for Success in High Need Schools.  LLC is a partnership between Lake Forest College and Waukegan, IL District #60 public schools designed to increase and retain the number of high quality teachers in Waukegan schools. Through instructional coaching specifically designed for the Waukegan teaching community, the project supports new teachers working in Waukegan schools and their decision making skills in the areas of resource use, learning environment and activity design, and student assessment. Lake Forest College professors and Waukegan school personnel serve as faculty for the project.

Junior Year Internship Placements

All teacher candidates complete a ten-week half-day internship in either an elementary or middle school classroom in a Waukegan public school. Certification candidates complete 125 -150 hours of supervised classroom observation and participation. Placements are arranged by the Education Department and supervised by faculty within the Education Department on a biweekly basis. Below is a partial list of schools used for placements:

  • Cooke Elementary
  • McCall Elementary
  • Washington Elementary
  • Daniel Webster Middle School
  • Miguel Juarez Middle School
  • Robert Abbott Middle School

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