Avondale Park

  • 3516 W. School St.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Paul Serritella
  • Park 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!

Check out the offering of our Arts Partner - NOUMENON dance ensemble. For additional info and class schedule click here.

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 Notes: 3516 W. School St.

Hours: , , , ,

Avondale Gymnasium

Avondale Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3516 W. School St.

Avondale Gymnastics Center

Avondale Gymnastics Center

Location Notes: 3516 W. School

Avondale Meeting/Event Space

Avondale Meeting/Event Space

Location Notes: 3516 W. School St.

Avondale Playground

Avondale PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Avondale Park Pool

Avondale Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 3516 W. School St.

Hours: ,

Descriptors: Mini Pool, Outdoor

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics programs run the week of June 26 through the week of August 7.  
 
All other programs:
The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  

Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

 

Fall Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics fall session 1 programs run the week of August 28 through the week of October 16.  Click on the program name links below to view programs online & create your wish list.   Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Tuesday, August 8 at 9 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, August 12, if spots are still available*.
View fall session 2 dates.
 
All other 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 view programs online & create your wish list.   Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Monday, August 7 at 9 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, August 12.
 
*Note:  Since gymnastics centers do 100% online registration, in-person registration is only available if all of the program slots don't fill online before the first day of in-person registration.  Check the program online to see if spots are still available.

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
Abs & Core at Avondale 202136InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2017/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10am
$21.00
Art & ABCs at Avondale 224278InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Avondale 202336OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$23.00
Basketball at Avondale 202389InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Basketball at Avondale 202388InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Bitty Basketball at Avondale 202387InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$13.00
Flag Football at Avondale 224283InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$14.00
Floor Hockey at Avondale 224285InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 202970InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoed2017/09/12 19:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 224284InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 16:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$11.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 225141InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/10/31 20:30From October 31, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 225211InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/11/01 21:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 225143InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/11/01 22:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 225142InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/11/04 16:00From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 225191InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/11/03 20:30From November 3, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$35.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Avondale Gymnastics 225212InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/11/01 21:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$41.00
Gymnastics Lev. 5 - 6 at Avondale Gymnastics 225236InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/11/04 17:00From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$41.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 203122InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$13.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 203123InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$18.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Avondale 224286InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 5Coed2017/09/13 14:30From September 13, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$11.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Avondale 203474InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2017/09/16 17:15From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$12.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225308InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/11/02 15:45From November 2, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$32.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225307InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/11/03 16:30From November 3, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$32.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225306InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/11/04 14:00From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$37.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Avondale 224279InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsLess than 5Coed2017/09/12 14:15From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:30am
$10.00
Pickleball at Avondale 203705InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2017/09/14 14:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$9.00
Play School at Avondale 224280InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 16:45From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225345InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/02 20:30From November 2, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$32.00
Running Group at Avondale 224281InstructionWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10am
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Avondale 203918InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Soccer at Avondale 204034InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/13 15:45From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$13.00
Soccer at Avondale 204033InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to November 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Soccer at Avondale 204036InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$13.00
Table Tennis - Open at Avondale 204249OpenSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2017/09/18 14:30From September 18, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 5:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Avondale 204309OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2017/09/15 22:30From September 15, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225411InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/31 18:15From October 31, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$37.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225413InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/01 17:30From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$37.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225412InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/02 16:45From November 2, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225414InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/03 17:30From November 3, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225582InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/03 18:15From November 3, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225415InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/11/04 15:00From November 4, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$37.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 225486InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 13Female2017/10/31 21:30From October 31, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 23, 2017
$79.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel G at Avondale Gymnastics 223569InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/08/30 21:30From August 30, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 4:45pm
$152.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel G at Avondale Gymnastics 225522InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/11/01 22:30From November 1, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 4:45pm
$119.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel S at Avondale Gymnastics 225525InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/10/31 23:30From October 31, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
$112.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel S at Avondale Gymnastics 223026InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/08/29 23:30From August 29, 2017 to October 27, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
$144.00
Young Scientist at Avondale 224282InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$11.00

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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!

Check out the offering of our Arts Partner - NOUMENON dance ensemble. For additional info and class schedule click here.

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.