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

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Day Camp at Avondale 154595CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$316.00
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 Monday from 11am to 12:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:15pm
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
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Fun and Games at Avondale 159195InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAnyCoed2016/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Gymnastics Camp 1 at Avondale Gymnastics 154857CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/07/05 18:00From July 5, 2016 to July 15, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$102.00
Gymnastics Camp 2 at Avondale Gymnastics 154859CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/07/18 18:00From July 18, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$102.00
Gymnastics Camp 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 154861CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/08/01 18:00From August 1, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$102.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 154979InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 154975InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/22 16:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 154976InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 16:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 154977InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avondale 154978InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Avondale 155164OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Pickleball at Avondale 155196InstructionSports - Pickleball35 and upCoed2016/06/25 14:00From June 25, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$7.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 155500InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 13:15From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 8:15am to 9am
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 155777InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/11 13:15From July 4, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 8:15am to 9am
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 155778InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 13:15From July 5, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8:15am to 9am
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 155779InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/07 13:15From July 7, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 8:15am to 9am
$31.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Avondale Gymnastics 155780InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/15 13:15From July 15, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 8:15am to 9am
$31.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 3 at Avondale Gymnastics 155810InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$141.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 4+ at Avondale Gym 155812InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$141.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel at Avondale Gymnastics 155821InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$141.00
You Build It at Avondale Cancelled159810InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/20 15:00From April 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$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!

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.