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

Spring Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics Session I programs run the week of March 6 through the week of April 17.
Gymnastics Session II programs run the week of May 1 through the week of June 12.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning Tuesday, April 4.  Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Tuesday, April 18 at 9:00 am.
In-person registration begins Tuesday, April 25, if spots are still available*.

All other programs:
Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  
 
Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics programs run the week of June 26 through the week of August 7.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning Tuesday, May 30.  Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Tuesday, June 13 at 9:00 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, June 17, if spots are still available*.
 
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.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:
Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
 
 
*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 193348InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10am
$21.00
Art & ABCs at Avondale 198260InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Avondale 177228OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$21.00
Basketball at Avondale 198269InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$14.00
Basketball at Avondale 177315InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/04/07 21:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$14.00
Bitty Basketball at Avondale 177260InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 18:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$14.00
Bitty Basketball at Avondale 177261InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 20:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Flag Football at Avondale 198270InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$14.00
Flag Football at Avondale Cancelled177454InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Floor Hockey at Avondale 177432InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/13 21:30From April 13, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 177030InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoed2017/04/04 19:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 177031InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 16:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$11.00
Game Room at Avondale 176990OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 198641InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/05/02 20:30From May 2, 2017 to June 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$40.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 198643InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/05/04 21:30From May 4, 2017 to June 15, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$40.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 198642InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/05/06 16:00From May 6, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
$34.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 191889InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/03/04 17:00From March 4, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$34.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 198691InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/05/05 20:30From May 5, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 12, 2017
$34.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Avondale Gymnastics 198707InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/05/02 20:30From May 2, 2017 to June 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$40.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Avondale Gymnastics 198706InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/05/04 21:30From May 4, 2017 to June 15, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$40.00
Gymnastics Lev. 5 - 6 at Avondale Gymnastics 198731InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/05/06 17:00From May 6, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
$34.00
Gymnastics Lev. 5 - 6 at Avondale Gymnastics 191987InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/03/04 18:00From March 4, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$34.00
Mom and Baby Fitness at Avondale Cancelled177996InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least but less than 3Coed2017/04/08 14:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$13.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Avondale 198262InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1m but less than 2Coed2017/04/05 14:30From April 5, 2017 to June 10, 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 198265InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 5Coed2017/04/08 17:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$5.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198766InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/05/03 15:30From May 3, 2017 to June 14, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$36.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198768InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/05/05 15:30From May 5, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 12, 2017
$31.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198767InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/05/06 14:00From May 6, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
$31.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 192025InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/03/04 15:00From March 4, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$31.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Avondale 198256InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsLess than 5Coed2017/04/04 14:15From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:30am
$10.00
Pickleball at Avondale 177482InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$9.00
Play School at Avondale 198259InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 16:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198822InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/04 20:30From May 4, 2017 to June 15, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$36.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198823InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/04 20:30From May 4, 2017 to June 15, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$36.00
Running Group at Avondale 198275InstructionWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:30From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10am
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Avondale 177567InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/04/06 22:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$0
Soccer - Open at Avondale 177717OpenSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3Coed2017/04/05 15:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$14.00
Soccer at Avondale 177702InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 18:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$14.00
Soccer at Avondale 177703InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 20:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Soccer at Avondale 177704InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/04/05 21:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$14.00
Soccer at Avondale 177701InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$14.00
Stretching at Avondale 198272InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2017/04/05 14:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10am
$10.00
Table Tennis - Open at Avondale 177784OpenSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2017/04/05 14:30From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$9.00
Teen Club at Avondale 176878OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/07 22:45From April 7, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 198873InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/05/02 21:30From May 2, 2017 to June 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$40.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198891InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/02 18:15From May 2, 2017 to June 13, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$36.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198893InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/03 16:30From May 3, 2017 to June 14, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$36.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198896InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/03 20:30From May 3, 2017 to June 14, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$36.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198892InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/04 17:00From May 4, 2017 to June 15, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$36.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198894InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/05 16:30From May 5, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 12, 2017
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198895InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/06 15:00From May 6, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 192162InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/03/04 16:00From March 4, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
$31.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 198983InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 13Female2017/05/02 21:30From May 2, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 12, 2017
$70.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 198994InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/05/02 22:30From May 2, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$113.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 4+ at Avondale Gym 199003InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/05/02 22:30From May 2, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:45pm
$113.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel at Avondale Gymnastics 199014InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/05/02 22:30From May 2, 2017 to June 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$93.00
Young Scientist at Avondale 198257InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 16:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Avondale 194049CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$442.00
Family Swim at Avondale 194221OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 17:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 4:45pm
$0
Fun and Games at Avondale 194285InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 15:00From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to Noon
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Late Summer Camp at Avondale 201896CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 14:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$156.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 194415InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 194411InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 194412InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 16:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 194413InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 16:00From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 194414InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 15:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Avondale 194591OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/19 14:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0

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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.