Brooks Park

  • 7100 N. Harlem Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60631 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tom Broderick
  • Park Phone: (773) 631-4401

Located in the Edison Park community on Harlem Avenue, just south of Touhy Avenue, Brooks Park is the most northwestern park in the Chicago Park District. At nearly nine acres, the park features a number of sports and recreational activities, including an established boxing program for youth, teens and adults.

The athletes compete in an annual boxing show each December at the park. Youth can choose from basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, and recreational tumbling. Or, they can participate in arts classes. Brooks Park also serves a large population of young preschoolers in its Edison Park community area, with music and movement classes, play group, preschool and moms, pops and tots programs that include parents. Adults stay active in walking and fitness programs at Brooks Park, or popular softball or basketball leagues.

Brooks Park contains two baseball fields, one soccer/football field, two tennis courts, six horseshoe pits, a water spray feature and playground.

History

Brooks Park is among the four parks created by the Edison Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Established in 1913, the Edison Park District was still developing parks in the early 1930s. During the preceding decade, the population of the Edison Park neighborhood had increased from 950 to over 5,000 people, but the area's fine homes were still interspersed with farmland. In 1931, the park district purchased a 2.7-acre tract of open land in the eastern portion of its territory. The site was known as Brooks Park in honor of Edison Park District President Oscar E. Brooks (1869--), a prominent local resident and general contractor, who had served as village trustee for five years before becoming a park board member in 1920. By the fall of 1932, improvements were under way at Brooks Park. The site soon had tennis courts, a wading pool, a playground, a trellis-like pergola, and a lawn area that could be flooded for ice skating in winter. Within a few short years, the park became part of the newly-created Chicago Park District. By 1950, the Chicago Park District had acquired additional land east of the original park site, nearly tripling the park's size. Improvements followed in subsequent years. These included ball fields, a small recreation building, a spray pool, and bocci courts. The park district constructed a new fieldhouse at the east end of Brooks Park in 1979, replacing the original recreation building near the west end. A new soft surface playground was installed in 1992.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Brooks Baseball

Brooks Baseball

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Brooks Basketball

Brooks Basketball

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Notes: half court

Brooks Boxing

Brooks Boxing

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Brooks Fieldhouse

Brooks Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Hours: ,

Brooks Football/Soccer

Brooks Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Brooks Gymnasium

Brooks Gymnasium

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Brooks Horseshoe

Brooks Horseshoe

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Brooks Clubroom

Brooks Clubroom

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Brooks Playground

Brooks PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Brooks Tennis

Brooks Tennis

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Brooks Water Spray Feature

Brooks Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

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
Basketball League at Brooks 162389Team_LeagueSports - Basketball30 and upMale2016/09/19 23:45From September 19, 2016 to February 6, 2017
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$255.00
Basketball League at Brooks 162390Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/10/04 23:45From October 4, 2016 to February 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 17, 2016
$255.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Brooks 169334InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$18.00
Basketball - Open at Brooks 169432OpenSports - Basketball60 and upMale2017/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0
Basketball at Brooks 169480InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 20:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$18.00
Basketball at Brooks 169481InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/01/13 21:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$18.00
Basketball League at Brooks 169560Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/03/01 00:45From February 28, 2017 to June 27, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$260.00
Bitty Basketball at Brooks 169628InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$53.00
Boxing at Brooks 169667InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Boxing at Brooks 169668InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$23.00
Boxing at Brooks 169669InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$13.00
Dodgeball at Brooks 169824InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Flag Football at Brooks 186920InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$18.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 169948InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 21:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$18.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 169950InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 169949InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Fun and Games at Brooks 169998InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 18:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Brooks 170240InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 18:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$18.00
Kiddie College at Brooks 170279InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$146.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brooks 170527InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2017 to March 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$18.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Brooks 170621InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/11 15:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$18.00
Science of Superheroes at Brooks 186917InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 20:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$18.00
Seasonal Sports at Brooks 170864InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 18:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$18.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brooks 170920InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Soccer at Brooks 171036InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 20:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$18.00
Soccer at Brooks 171035InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2017/01/12 15:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$18.00
Soccer at Brooks 171037InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 20:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$18.00
Table Games at Brooks 171197OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upMale2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$0
T-Ball at Brooks 171188InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$18.00
Tot Spot at Brooks 171417OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$18.00
Tot Spot at Brooks 171418OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$18.00
Volleyball at Brooks 171534InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 7 but less than 12Female2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Young Scientist at Brooks 171655InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$18.00

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Located in the Edison Park community on Harlem Avenue, just south of Touhy Avenue, Brooks Park is the most northwestern park in the Chicago Park District. At nearly nine acres, the park features a number of sports and recreational activities, including an established boxing program for youth, teens and adults.

The athletes compete in an annual boxing show each December at the park. Youth can choose from basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, and recreational tumbling. Or, they can participate in arts classes. Brooks Park also serves a large population of young preschoolers in its Edison Park community area, with music and movement classes, play group, preschool and moms, pops and tots programs that include parents. Adults stay active in walking and fitness programs at Brooks Park, or popular softball or basketball leagues.

Brooks Park contains two baseball fields, one soccer/football field, two tennis courts, six horseshoe pits, a water spray feature and playground.

Brooks Park is among the four parks created by the Edison Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Established in 1913, the Edison Park District was still developing parks in the early 1930s. During the preceding decade, the population of the Edison Park neighborhood had increased from 950 to over 5,000 people, but the area's fine homes were still interspersed with farmland. In 1931, the park district purchased a 2.7-acre tract of open land in the eastern portion of its territory. The site was known as Brooks Park in honor of Edison Park District President Oscar E. Brooks (1869--), a prominent local resident and general contractor, who had served as village trustee for five years before becoming a park board member in 1920. By the fall of 1932, improvements were under way at Brooks Park. The site soon had tennis courts, a wading pool, a playground, a trellis-like pergola, and a lawn area that could be flooded for ice skating in winter. Within a few short years, the park became part of the newly-created Chicago Park District. By 1950, the Chicago Park District had acquired additional land east of the original park site, nearly tripling the park's size. Improvements followed in subsequent years. These included ball fields, a small recreation building, a spray pool, and bocci courts. The park district constructed a new fieldhouse at the east end of Brooks Park in 1979, replacing the original recreation building near the west end. A new soft surface playground was installed in 1992.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.