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 PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Note:  The in-person registration date listed below is for all programs at Avondale besides gymnastics programs.  In-person registration for gymnastics programs starts on Monday, August 22.  

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Family Swim at Avondale 154761OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/17 20:00From June 17, 2016 to September 12, 2016
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:45pm
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Abs & Core at Avondale 185101InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10am
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Avondale 162247OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Avondale 184546OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 19:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Basketball at Avondale 162287InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$17.00
Basketball at Avondale 162289InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Basketball at Avondale 162288InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Family Club at Avondale 185105OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAnyCoed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$5.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 185102InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoed2016/09/20 17:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 162884InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 163011InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/08/30 20:30From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 163013InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/09/01 21:30From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 163012InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/09/03 16:00From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 163014InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Male2016/09/02 20:30From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Avondale Gymnastics 183779InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/08/30 20:30From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Avondale Gymnastics 183778InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/09/01 21:30From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 5 - 6 at Avondale Gymnastics 163031InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/09/03 17:00From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$45.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 163050InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$17.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 163052InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$17.00
Kiddie College at Avondale 163135InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$99.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Avondale 163409InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationLess than Coed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$11.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 163519InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/08/31 15:30From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$41.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 163521InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/02 15:30From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$41.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 163520InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/03 14:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$41.00
Pickleball at Avondale 163665InstructionSports - Pickleball30 and upCoed2016/09/22 14:30From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 163866InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/01 20:30From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$41.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 183771InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/01 20:30From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$41.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Avondale 163959InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Avondale 164077InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 18:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$12.00
Soccer at Avondale 164076InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$12.00
Soccer at Avondale 164075InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Soccer at Avondale 164074InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$12.00
Soccer at Avondale 185104InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:30am
$12.00
Table Tennis - Open at Avondale 164262OpenSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2016/09/26 14:30From September 26, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$5.00
Teen Club at Avondale 164333OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2016/09/23 22:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 183780InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/08/30 21:30From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$45.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 164524InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/30 18:15From August 30, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 164526InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/31 16:30From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 164529InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/31 20:30From August 31, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 164525InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/01 17:00From September 1, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 164527InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/02 16:30From September 2, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 164528InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/03 15:15From September 3, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$41.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 164591InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 13Female2016/08/30 21:30From August 30, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$86.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 183781InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/08/30 22:30From August 30, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$107.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 4+ at Avondale Gym 164592InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/08/30 22:30From August 30, 2016 to October 22, 2016
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
$129.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel at Avondale Gymnastics 164593InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/08/30 22:30From August 30, 2016 to October 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$106.00
Volleyball at Avondale 185103InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$10.00

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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!

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.