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 Fitness Center

Brooks Fitness Center

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave

Notes: M-F, 10am-9pm; Sa/Su, 10am-2pm; closed from 1-2pm for cleaning.; Sign up for a membership

Brooks Football/Soccer

Brooks Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

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 Playground

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Brooks Sandbox

Brooks Sandbox

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Brooks Tennis

Brooks Tennis

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

Brooks Water Spray Feature

Brooks Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 7100 N. Harlem Ave.

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
Arts & Crafts at Brooks 89414InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
Basketball - Open at Brooks 90545OpenSports - Basketball55 and upMale2014/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0
Basketball at Brooks 90543Team_LeagueSports - Basketball30 and upMale2014/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$245.00
Basketball at Brooks 89563InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 19:15From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Basketball at Brooks 89564InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2014/09/19 20:15From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$15.00
Basketball League at Brooks 90544Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2014/09/30 23:30From September 30, 2014 to February 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 10pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, December 11, 2014
$245.00
Bitty Basketball at Brooks 89708InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2014/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$50.00
Boxing at Brooks 89732InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$10.00
Boxing at Brooks 89733InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2014/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$20.00
Boxing at Brooks 89734InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$10.00
Dodgeball at Brooks 89879InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 112387InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/24 20:00From September 24, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 90037InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2014/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$25.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 90036InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Fun and Games at Brooks 90105InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 16:30From September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Brooks 90307InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 18:15From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Brooks 90359InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/15 17:30From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$75.00
Lacrosse at Brooks 90425InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Brooks 90601InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/16 15:45From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brooks 90659InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$25.00
Racket Activities at Brooks Cancelled111412InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:45From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Racket Activities at Brooks 110524OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2014/09/16 21:45From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Brooks 91026InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Soccer at Brooks 91209InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 19:15From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Soccer at Brooks 91208InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2014/09/18 16:45From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Soccer at Brooks 91207InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 19:15From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Table Games at Brooks 91349OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games55 and upMale2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brooks 91514InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 19:15From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Tot Spot at Brooks 91559OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2014/09/18 15:45From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$15.00
Volleyball at Brooks 91679InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Female2014/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Yoga at Brooks 91775InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$15.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Brooks 112440InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Brooks 95890InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
Basketball - Open at Brooks 112441OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/09 00:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$15.00
Basketball - Open at Brooks 96005OpenSports - Basketball60 and upMale2015/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$0
Basketball at Brooks 96051InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 20:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Basketball at Brooks 96052InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/01/09 21:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$15.00
Basketball League at Brooks 113821Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/03/23 23:45From March 23, 2015 to August 26, 2015
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$245.00
Basketball League at Brooks 96137Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/03/04 00:45From March 3, 2015 to June 23, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 10pm
$245.00
Bitty Basketball at Brooks 96190InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$50.00
Boxing at Brooks 96226InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$10.00
Boxing at Brooks 96227InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$20.00
Boxing at Brooks 96228InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$10.00
Dodgeball at Brooks 96382InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 112442InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$15.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 96542InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$25.00
Floor Hockey at Brooks 96541InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Fun and Games at Brooks 96597InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/07 17:15From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$25.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Brooks 96832InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 19:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Brooks 96880InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$80.00
Lacrosse at Brooks 96950InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brooks 97167InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/06 15:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$25.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Brooks 97110InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/06 16:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$15.00
Racket Activities at Brooks 112443InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2015/01/06 22:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Brooks 97664InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Soccer at Brooks 97859InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 20:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Soccer at Brooks 97858InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/01/08 17:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Soccer at Brooks 97860InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 20:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Table Games at Brooks 97975OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upMale2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$0
T-Ball at Brooks 97969InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brooks 98135InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 20:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Tot Spot at Brooks 98170OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2015/01/05 16:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$15.00
Tot Spot at Brooks 114852OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2015/01/08 16:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$15.00
Volleyball at Brooks 98283InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Yoga at Brooks 98372InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$15.00
Young Scientist at Brooks 112444InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$15.00

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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.