Avondale Park

  • 3516 W. School St.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Paul Serritella
  • Phone: (773) 478-1410

Located along by the Kennedy Expressway (north of Belmont Avenue and west of Kimball Avenue), this 1.17-acre park contains an outdoor swimming pool and spray pool, a playground with sandbox, as well as a field house with four clubrooms, two kitchens, a gymnasium, and a gymnastics center.

With an emphasis on youth gymnastics, Avondale Park is home to one of the park district’s 9 gymnastics centers.The gymnastics center, offers quality instruction for beginners to advanced competitors year-round.

Avondale Park offers a large selection of programming for patrons of all ages and skill levels. The park boasts an active roster of after-school programs for children ages 6-12. Choose from a list of available seasonal activities—fitness, floor hockey, arts & crafts, flag football, basketball, recreational tumbling, track & field, volleyball and baseball skills to name a few.

In the summer, youth attend our popular and always affordable 6-week day camp…filled with tons of fun. Plus, community residence can take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool – what a great way to cool off!

Throughout the year, the park offers the adult population indoor soccer and volleyball. We invite you to come out and check out all that Avondale Park has to offer!

History

Created by the Irving Park District, Avondale Park takes its name from the surrounding Avondale neighborhood. An early racially-integrated suburb, Avondale became part of Chicago when the city annexed the Town of Jefferson in 1889. European immigrants began settling there and residential construction boomed in the 1920s. In 1929, the Irving Park District board responded by making plans for the five-acre park. Although it took several years to acquire all of the land, improvements began immediately. By the end of the year, the park district had constructed an attractive brick fieldhouse designed by Clarence Hatzfeld. Lawn, shrubbery, trees, and flowers soon graced Avondale Park's landscape. By the early 1930s, the park included a playfield, separate boys' and girls' playgrounds, a wading pool, a sand box, and tennis courts. Avondale Park became part of the Chicago Park District in 1934, when the Great Depression necessitated the consolidation of the city's 22 independent park agencies. Twenty-five years later, the park's size was reduced to just over one acre when its entire northeast portion was taken to make way for the Kennedy Expressway. Eliminating Avondale Park's playfield and tennis courts, the park district redesigned the site to incorporate volleyball and basketball courts and a swimming pool. In the early 1990s, the park district installed a new soft surface playground in Avondale Park, and replanted its landscape.

Parking/Directions

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

Avondale Fieldhouse

Avondale Fieldhouse

Location: 3516 W. School St.

Avondale Gymnasium

Avondale Gymnasium

Location: 3516 W. School St.

Avondale Gymnastics Center

Avondale Gymnastics Center

Location: 3516 W. School

Avondale Meeting/Event Space

Avondale Meeting/Event Space

Location: 3516 W. School St.

Avondale Playground

Avondale Playground

Location: 3516 W. School St.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Summer
Online registration for our park began Monday, April 7. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

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
Ballet - Beginner at Avondale 80794InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Free
Ballet - Beginner at Avondale 88508InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom July 5, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$10.00
Day Camp at Avondale 80938CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$294.00
Extended Camp at Avondale 81080CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$100.00
Family Swim at Avondale 87323OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 2pm
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Free
Late Summer Camp at Avondale 81241CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$86.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 81263InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 81259InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 81260InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 81261InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 81262InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Open Swim at Avondale 87325OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Free
Parent and Tot Swim at Avondale 87314OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Free
Theater Camp at Avondale 80917CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
Free
Yoga at Avondale 81797InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom July 5, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$8.00

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Description

Located along by the Kennedy Expressway (north of Belmont Avenue and west of Kimball Avenue), this 1.17-acre park contains an outdoor swimming pool and spray pool, a playground with sandbox, as well as a field house with four clubrooms, two kitchens, a gymnasium, and a gymnastics center.

With an emphasis on youth gymnastics, Avondale Park is home to one of the park district’s 9 gymnastics centers.The gymnastics center, offers quality instruction for beginners to advanced competitors year-round.

Avondale Park offers a large selection of programming for patrons of all ages and skill levels. The park boasts an active roster of after-school programs for children ages 6-12. Choose from a list of available seasonal activities—fitness, floor hockey, arts & crafts, flag football, basketball, recreational tumbling, track & field, volleyball and baseball skills to name a few.

In the summer, youth attend our popular and always affordable 6-week day camp…filled with tons of fun. Plus, community residence can take advantage of the outdoor swimming pool – what a great way to cool off!

Throughout the year, the park offers the adult population indoor soccer and volleyball. We invite you to come out and check out all that Avondale Park has to offer!

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Fieldhouse 3516 W. School St. 0
Gymnasiums 3516 W. School St. 1
Gymnastics Centers 3516 W. School 1
Meeting/Event Space 3516 W. School St. 5
Playgrounds 3516 W. School St. 0 Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013
Swimming Pools 3516 W. School St. 0
Created by the Irving Park District, Avondale Park takes its name from the surrounding Avondale neighborhood. An early racially-integrated suburb, Avondale became part of Chicago when the city annexed the Town of Jefferson in 1889. European immigrants began settling there and residential construction boomed in the 1920s. In 1929, the Irving Park District board responded by making plans for the five-acre park. Although it took several years to acquire all of the land, improvements began immediately. By the end of the year, the park district had constructed an attractive brick fieldhouse designed by Clarence Hatzfeld. Lawn, shrubbery, trees, and flowers soon graced Avondale Park's landscape. By the early 1930s, the park included a playfield, separate boys' and girls' playgrounds, a wading pool, a sand box, and tennis courts. Avondale Park became part of the Chicago Park District in 1934, when the Great Depression necessitated the consolidation of the city's 22 independent park agencies. Twenty-five years later, the park's size was reduced to just over one acre when its entire northeast portion was taken to make way for the Kennedy Expressway. Eliminating Avondale Park's playfield and tennis courts, the park district redesigned the site to incorporate volleyball and basketball courts and a swimming pool. In the early 1990s, the park district installed a new soft surface playground in Avondale Park, and replanted its landscape.

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