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.

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
16" Softball League at Brooks 139881Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/04/10 15:00From April 10, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 2pm
$255.00
Basketball League at Brooks 140318Team_LeagueSports - Basketball35 and upMale2016/04/25 23:45From April 25, 2016 to August 31, 2016
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$255.00
Basketball League at Brooks 140319Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/03/29 23:45From March 29, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$255.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Boxing at Brooks 154513InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/27 23:00From June 27, 2016 to September 2, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$12.00
Boxing at Brooks 154515InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/06/28 00:00From June 27, 2016 to September 2, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$22.00
Boxing at Brooks 154514InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/28 00:00From June 27, 2016 to September 2, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$12.00
Day Camp at Brooks 154602CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$263.00
Day Camp at Brooks 154600CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 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
$397.00
Day Camp at Brooks 154601CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 7Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$263.00
Soccer Camp at Brooks 155587CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 18:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 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
$31.00

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Description

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.