Avondale Park

  • 3516 W. School St.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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!

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 Playground

Location Notes: 3516 W. School St.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Avondale Park Pool

Avondale Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 3516 W. School St.

Hours:

Winter Programs

Click on the Winter tab below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

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
Basketball - Open at Avondale 96003OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Avondale 96002OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Basketball at Avondale 96047InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Basketball at Avondale 114911InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$1.00
Basketball at Avondale 96046InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$10.00
Basketball at Avondale 96048InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Basketball at Avondale 96049InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Basketball League at Avondale 96134Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Avondale 96538InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 96594InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 129050InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & Games3 and upCoed2015/01/08 15:30From January 8, 2015 to March 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$10.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 114912InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$10.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 113819InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/13 19:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Fun and Games Partnership at Avondale 96593PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$15.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 96781InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 96785InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 96779InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 96782InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 96783InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 96784InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$10.00
Kiddie College - Winter Session at Avondale 96873InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$95.00
Pickleball at Avondale 129121InstructionSports - Pickleball40 and upCoed2015/01/13 17:45From January 13, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 1pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Avondale Cancelled97724InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Avondale Cancelled97723InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Table Tennis - Open at Avondale 114645OpenSports - Table Tennis30 and upCoed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$5.00
Teen Club at Avondale 98044OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Avondale 98131InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$10.00
Tot Spot at Avondale Cancelled113727OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationLess than 6Coed2015/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$10.00
Volleyball at Avondale 98282InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 17Coed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$1.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Avondale 102632OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$21.00
Basketball at Avondale 102688InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Avondale 102769InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Avondale 102767InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Avondale 102768InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 103075InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$31.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 129591InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & Games3 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:15am
$11.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 103076InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Kiddie College - Spring Session at Avondale 103289InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$97.00
Pickleball at Avondale 129507InstructionSports - Pickleball30 and upCoed2015/04/02 16:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Avondale 104027InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2015/04/02 21:45From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$0
Soccer - Open at Avondale 104153OpenSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Soccer at Avondale 104168InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Soccer at Avondale 104166InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$11.00
Soccer at Avondale 104165InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Soccer at Avondale 104164InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/04/01 21:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Soccer at Avondale 104167InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 18:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$11.00
Soccer at Avondale 104169InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Soccer League at Avondale 104228Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Table Tennis - Open at Avondale 129506OpenSports - Table Tennis35 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$6.00
Teen Club at Avondale 104385OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Avondale 104485InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 18:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$11.00
Volleyball at Avondale 104656InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Avondale 131293OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0

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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!

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.