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!

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

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 186185InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/11/01 20:30From November 1, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$40.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 186187InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/11/03 21:30From November 3, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$34.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 186186InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/11/05 16:00From November 5, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$40.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 186240InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Male2016/11/04 20:30From November 4, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$34.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Avondale Gymnastics 186255InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/11/01 20:30From November 1, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$40.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Avondale Gymnastics 186254InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/11/03 21:30From November 3, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$34.00
Gymnastics Lev. 5 - 6 at Avondale Gymnastics 186283InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2016/11/05 17:00From November 5, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$40.00
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 186299InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/11/02 15:30From November 2, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$36.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186301InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/11/04 15:30From November 4, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$31.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186300InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/11/05 14:15From November 5, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$36.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186361InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/03 20:30From November 3, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$31.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186362InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/03 20:30From November 3, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$31.00
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 186414InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/11/01 21:30From November 1, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$40.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186434InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/01 18:15From November 1, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$36.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186436InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/02 16:30From November 2, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$36.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186439InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/02 20:30From November 2, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$36.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186435InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/03 17:00From November 3, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186437InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/04 16:30From November 4, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186438InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/05 15:15From November 5, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$36.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 186539InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 13Female2016/11/01 21:30From November 1, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$70.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 186550InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/10/25 22:30From October 25, 2016 to December 17, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$129.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 4+ at Avondale Gym 186560InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/10/25 22:30From October 25, 2016 to December 17, 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
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$129.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel at Avondale Gymnastics 186571InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/10/25 22:30From October 25, 2016 to December 17, 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
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$106.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Abs & Core at Avondale 187463InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/24 15:30From January 24, 2017 to March 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10am
$20.00
Art & ABCs at Avondale 189432InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Avondale 169431OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$20.00
Basketball at Avondale 169474InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$13.00
Basketball at Avondale 169473InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 19:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$13.00
Basketball at Avondale 169475InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Basketball at Avondale 169476InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Flag Football at Avondale 169936InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/17 22:30From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$2.00
Floor Hockey at Avondale 189434InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Avondale 169995InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 17:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Avondale Cancelled169996InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6m but less than Coed2017/01/14 15:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$10.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 188144InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/01/03 21:30From January 3, 2017 to February 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 188146InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2017 to February 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 188145InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/01/07 17:00From January 7, 2017 to February 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
$35.00
Gymnastics Lev. 1 - 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 188202InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2017 to February 24, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
$34.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Avondale Gymnastics 188218InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/01/03 21:30From January 3, 2017 to February 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 3 - 4 at Avondale Gymnastics 188217InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2017 to February 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$45.00
Gymnastics Lev. 5 - 6 at Avondale Gymnastics 188244InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2017 to February 25, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
$35.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 170205InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/11 17:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 170201InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$13.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 170202InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 170203InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale Cancelled189436InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/12 17:15From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Avondale 170204InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$10.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Avondale 189437InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/11 15:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$10.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Avondale 189439InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2017/01/14 15:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$10.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188259InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/04 16:30From January 4, 2017 to February 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$41.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188261InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2017 to February 24, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
$31.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188260InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/07 15:15From January 7, 2017 to February 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
$31.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Avondale 187718InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAnyCoed2017/01/10 15:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:30am
$5.00
Parent & Tot Sports at Avondale 189440InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsLess than 1Coed2017/01/14 18:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$5.00
Pickleball at Avondale 170728InstructionSports - Pickleball30 and upCoed2017/01/16 15:00From January 16, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 11am
$12.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188321InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2017 to February 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$41.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188322InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2017 to February 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$41.00
Table Tennis - Open at Avondale 171201OpenSports - Table Tennis30 and upCoed2017/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
$8.00
Teen Club at Avondale 171273OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 20:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Tumbling Lev. 1 - 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 188372InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/01/03 22:30From January 3, 2017 to February 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$45.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188391InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/03 19:15From January 3, 2017 to February 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188393InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/04 17:30From January 4, 2017 to February 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188396InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2017 to February 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188392InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2017 to February 23, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$41.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188394InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2017 to February 24, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188395InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/07 16:15From January 7, 2017 to February 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
$31.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 188497InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 13Female2017/01/03 22:30From January 3, 2017 to February 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
$75.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 188508InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/01/03 23:30From January 3, 2017 to February 25, 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
$129.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 4+ at Avondale Gym 188517InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/01/03 23:30From January 3, 2017 to February 25, 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
$129.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel at Avondale Gymnastics 188528InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/01/03 23:30From January 3, 2017 to February 25, 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
$106.00
Volleyball at Avondale 171532InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2017/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Young Scientist at Avondale 189429InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$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!

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.