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

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. 
 
All other programs:
Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  
 

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.   Register now,  see program list below. 
 
 
*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
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
Gymnastics Camp 1 at Avondale Gymnastics 199776CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/26 18:00From June 26, 2017 to July 6, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$75.00
Gymnastics Camp 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 199782CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/07/10 18:00From July 10, 2017 to July 20, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$86.00
Gymnastics Camp 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 199788CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/07/24 18:00From July 24, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$86.00
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
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 199823InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/28 13:15From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8:15am to 9am
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 199856InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 13:15From June 26, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 8:15am to 9am
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 199857InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 13:15From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8:15am to 9am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$27.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 199858InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/29 13:15From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 8:15am to 9am
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 199859InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/30 13:15From June 30, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 8:15am to 9am
$32.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 220913InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 13Female2017/06/30 18:00From June 30, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$59.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 199903InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$148.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel G at Avondale Gymnastics 199913InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$143.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel S at Avondale Gymnastics 199908InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$118.00

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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.