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.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Brooks 177749Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/04/16 15:00From April 16, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to 2pm
$270.00
Arts & Crafts at Brooks 176078InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 17:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$19.00
Basketball at Brooks 177312InstructionSports - Basketball60 and upMale2017/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0
Basketball at Brooks 177311InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 19:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$19.00
Basketball League at Brooks 177198Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upMale2017/04/03 23:45From April 3, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$270.00
Basketball League at Brooks 177199Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/04/04 23:45From April 4, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$270.00
Boxing at Brooks 177351InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$14.00
Boxing at Brooks 177353InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$24.00
Boxing at Brooks 177352InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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
$14.00
Dodgeball at Brooks 177389InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$19.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 177428InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 20:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$19.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 177429InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$29.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 177430InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$19.00
Fun and Games at Brooks 177029InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 17:45From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$31.00
Game Room at Brooks 176991OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9:30pm
$0
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Brooks 176127InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 17:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$19.00
Kiddie College at Brooks 176459InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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 176376InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 3m Coed2017/04/03 14:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$29.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Brooks 176739InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/04/05 14:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$19.00
Soccer at Brooks 177698InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 19:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$19.00
Soccer at Brooks 177696InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/06 14:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$19.00
Soccer at Brooks 177697InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 19:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$19.00
Tot Spot at Brooks 176449OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 3m Coed2017/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$19.00
Tot Spot at Brooks 176515OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4y 3m Coed2017/04/05 19:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$19.00
Young Scientist at Brooks 176961InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 14:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$19.00

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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.