Independence Park

  • 3945 N. Springfield Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
  • Independence Fieldhouse Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Julie Thompson
  • Park Phone: (773) 478-3538

Located on Irving Park Road just east of Pulaski, Independence Park is surrounded by a nice quiet neighborhood in Old Irving Park.

The park has a number of features including a playground, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a water spray area for kids to play in, and lots of great trees. Plus, a field house with an indoor pool, a big party room, locker rooms, fitness center and a small gymnasium.

At the park field house, youth enjoy sports and tumbling programs as well as cultural opportunities. For the little ones we have our popular Moms, Pops and Tots program and Tiny Tot tumbling, among others.Enjoy the pool for open swim time or join a class.

Independence Park also provides activities for developmentally disabled adults and children through its therapeutic recreation programs.

On the grounds at Independence Park is the “Women’s Community Club Building.” Today, the recently renovated Bungalow is using green technology. The Bungalow Renovation Project  incorporates green building initiatives and is utilized as a national model showing its use of cutting-edge green technology.

The Independence Park Bungalow was constructed in the early 1920s as a single family residence. In 1930 the Bungalow was converted into the “Women’s Community Club Building of the Irving Park District.” The Chicago Park District purchased and incorporated the Bungalow in 1936 into Independence Park.

History

In 1907, Irving Park area residents petitioned Mayor Fred Busse for the creation of parks in their neighborhood. Mayor Busse referred the request to the city's Special Park Commission, which inspected potential park properties, including the longtime site of the neighborhood's annual Independence Day celebration. With the city's most congested districts as their focus, the commissioners could not justify creating a park in this spacious, middle-class neighborhood. State enabling legislation offered an alternative. By popular vote in 1910, community members established the Irving Park District.

The new park district soon began acquiring the previously-identified site. Though acquisition took several years, improvements began and the neighborhood continued holding its annual 4th of July festivities there. Recognizing the importance of this community celebration, the site was named Independence Park. In 1914, the park district constructed an attractive brick fieldhouse designed by Hatzfeld and Knox. Several years later, Independence Park was enlarged to Byron Street. The new property included a single-family brick home which was converted for use by the Women's Community Club. In response to requests from the public, the park district created a beautiful sunken garden with fanciful rockwork, trimmed hedges, and elaborate plantings. Colored lights illuminated the garden at night. By 1930, in addition to the garden, Independence Park included horseshoe and tennis courts, two 18-hole putting greens, playgrounds, and a wading pool.

In 1934, all of the city's 22 independent park agencies were consolidated into the Chicago Park District. As part of a federal Works Progress Administration arts initiative, artist M.R. Decker created a patriotically-themed painting for Independence Park's fieldhouse auditorium. In 1950, the park district replaced the sunken garden with ball fields.

Parking/Directions

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Independence  Softball

Independence Softball

Location Notes: 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Independence Park - Snix Snacks

Independence Park - Snix Snacks

Location: 3945 N. Springfield Ave

Hours:

Phone: (773)537-8706

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Independence Fieldhouse

Independence Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Hours: , ,

Women's Bunaglow

Women's Bunaglow

Location Notes: 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Independence Fitness Center

Independence Fitness CenterAccessible

Location Notes:

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year, Senior (Limited Hrs)

Independence Gymnasium

Independence Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Notes: Closed for renovation.

Independence Auditorium & Clubrooms

Independence Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Notes: Clubrooms & Auditorium

Independence Playground

Independence PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Under Construction | Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Independence Tennis Court

Independence Tennis Court

Location Notes: 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Independence Spray pool

Independence Spray pool

Location Notes: 3945 N. Springfield 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
Adult Swim at Independence 169223OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/16 13:00From January 16, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Creative Drama Partnership at Independence 169763PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/19 23:00From January 19, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Independence 169886OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/17 01:00From January 16, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Independence 170396InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/21 17:00From January 21, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 170397InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/21 18:00From January 21, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
NIA Partnership at Independence 170592PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/04 00:30From January 3, 2017 to March 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$106.00
NIA Partnership at Independence 170593PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/07 15:30From January 7, 2017 to April 8, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$106.00
TEAM Sports at Independence 171253InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$35.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 171635PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/02/23 01:00From February 22, 2017 to March 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
Young Athletes (Special Rec) at Independence 171652InstructionSports - Special OlympicsAt least 2 but less than 8Coed2017/02/11 15:00From February 11, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Youth Swim at Independence 171672OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/16 21:30From January 16, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Independence 177753Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/05/09 23:00From May 9, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$216.00
16" Softball League Partnership at Independence 177734PartnershipGroupSports - SoftballAt least 18 but less than 65Male2017/05/13 17:00From May 13, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$100.00
Adult Swim at Independence 175832OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 12:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aerobics (Special Recreation) at Independence 177879InstructionWellness - Aerobics8 and upCoed2017/04/05 21:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175583InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 13:00From April 3, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175584InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175586InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 13:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175585InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175591InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175590InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 13:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175589InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 14:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175587InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 13:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175588InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 14:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175592InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175581InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 13:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 175582InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 14:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Arts & Crafts at Independence 176112InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2017/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2017 to May 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$9.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Independence 177088InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2017/04/10 22:00From April 10, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball at Independence 177710InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2017 to May 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$14.00
Basketball at Independence 193505InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$14.00
Basketball at Independence 177206InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$14.00
Boot Camp at Independence 178014InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 23:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$24.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Independence 177340InstructionSports - Bowling10 and upCoed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$0
Creative Drama Partnership at Independence 176296PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Dodgeball at Independence 177474InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/05 20:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$14.00
Family Swim at Independence 175795OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Fitness (Special Recreation) at Independence 198254InstructionWellness - Fitness10 and upCoed2017/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Gymnastics at Independence 193510InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Indoor Soccer at Independence 177424InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 11Coed2017/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 1, 2017
$13.00
Indoor Soccer at Independence 177711InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 18:00From April 6, 2017 to May 11, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
Indoor Soccer at Independence 193504InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 7Coed2017/04/06 20:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Judo (Special Recreation) at Independence 198253InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense10 and upCoed2017/04/15 15:00From April 15, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Kickboxing at Independence 177940InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$24.00
Kiddie College at Independence 176473InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to May 12, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
$69.00
Kiddie College at Independence 176474InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 17:30From April 4, 2017 to May 11, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
$26.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Independence 175671InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 5 but less than 16Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Learn to Swim at Independence 175715InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 175717InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 20:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 175716InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 20:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 175718InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 20:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 175713InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 175714InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Independence Cancelled176067InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 16:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$11.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Independence 177914InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$16.00
Mighty Munchkins at Independence Cancelled177895InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$15.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Independence 178115InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$19.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 193511InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2017/04/03 14:30From April 3, 2017 to May 8, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11am
$17.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 176371InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/04/04 15:30From April 4, 2017 to May 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Thursday, April 27, 2017
$32.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 176370InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/04/05 14:30From April 5, 2017 to May 10, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
$32.00
NIA Partnership at Independence 177988PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$80.00
NIA Partnership at Independence 177989PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/08 14:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
$80.00
Open Swim at Independence 175811OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:45pm
$0
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Independence 176735InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/04/03 14:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 1, 2017
$14.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Independence 193508InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Independence 176734InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/04/07 14:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 5, 2017
$14.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Independence 175804OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 176858InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 199093InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/04/05 16:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 199094InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/04/06 16:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Special Olympics Open Swim at Independence 177783OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 177584InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports12 and upCoed2017/04/05 19:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$14.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 177541InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/04/06 19:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
$33.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 177542InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports12 and upCoed2017/04/07 19:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$14.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 177540InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports10 and upCoed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$14.00
Special Olympics Softball at Independence 198252InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 5y 11m but less than 11Coed2017/05/13 14:30From May 13, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$0
Sport Art & Dart at Independence 176130InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 15:30From April 5, 2017 to May 31, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
$21.00
T-Ball at Independence 177105InstructionSports - BaseballAt least but less than 7Coed2017/04/04 20:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
$0
TEAM Sports at Independence 175850InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Independence 177681InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 15:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
$21.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Independence 193507InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 15:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
$21.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 175655InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 175656InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 175654InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/06 16:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 175732InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 175734InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 175733InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 16:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 175735InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 175731InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 16:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 199051InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/10 15:30From April 10, 2017 to May 22, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 1, 2017
$21.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 176759InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 15:30From April 7, 2017 to May 26, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$21.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 177998InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 18:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 5, 2017
$14.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 178075PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/03/23 00:00From March 22, 2017 to April 26, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 178076PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/05/04 00:00From May 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
Young Athletes (Special Rec) at Independence 177511InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 8Coed2017/04/15 14:00From April 15, 2017 to April 22, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Young Scientist at Independence 176965InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to May 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$9.00
Young Scientist at Independence 193512InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2017/04/06 20:30From April 6, 2017 to May 4, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$9.00
Youth Swim at Independence 175812OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
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Located on Irving Park Road just east of Pulaski, Independence Park is surrounded by a nice quiet neighborhood in Old Irving Park.

The park has a number of features including a playground, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a water spray area for kids to play in, and lots of great trees. Plus, a field house with an indoor pool, a big party room, locker rooms, fitness center and a small gymnasium.

At the park field house, youth enjoy sports and tumbling programs as well as cultural opportunities. For the little ones we have our popular Moms, Pops and Tots program and Tiny Tot tumbling, among others.Enjoy the pool for open swim time or join a class.

Independence Park also provides activities for developmentally disabled adults and children through its therapeutic recreation programs.

On the grounds at Independence Park is the “Women’s Community Club Building.” Today, the recently renovated Bungalow is using green technology. The Bungalow Renovation Project  incorporates green building initiatives and is utilized as a national model showing its use of cutting-edge green technology.

The Independence Park Bungalow was constructed in the early 1920s as a single family residence. In 1930 the Bungalow was converted into the “Women’s Community Club Building of the Irving Park District.” The Chicago Park District purchased and incorporated the Bungalow in 1936 into Independence Park.

In 1907, Irving Park area residents petitioned Mayor Fred Busse for the creation of parks in their neighborhood. Mayor Busse referred the request to the city's Special Park Commission, which inspected potential park properties, including the longtime site of the neighborhood's annual Independence Day celebration. With the city's most congested districts as their focus, the commissioners could not justify creating a park in this spacious, middle-class neighborhood. State enabling legislation offered an alternative. By popular vote in 1910, community members established the Irving Park District.

The new park district soon began acquiring the previously-identified site. Though acquisition took several years, improvements began and the neighborhood continued holding its annual 4th of July festivities there. Recognizing the importance of this community celebration, the site was named Independence Park. In 1914, the park district constructed an attractive brick fieldhouse designed by Hatzfeld and Knox. Several years later, Independence Park was enlarged to Byron Street. The new property included a single-family brick home which was converted for use by the Women's Community Club. In response to requests from the public, the park district created a beautiful sunken garden with fanciful rockwork, trimmed hedges, and elaborate plantings. Colored lights illuminated the garden at night. By 1930, in addition to the garden, Independence Park included horseshoe and tennis courts, two 18-hole putting greens, playgrounds, and a wading pool.

In 1934, all of the city's 22 independent park agencies were consolidated into the Chicago Park District. As part of a federal Works Progress Administration arts initiative, artist M.R. Decker created a patriotically-themed painting for Independence Park's fieldhouse auditorium. In 1950, the park district replaced the sunken garden with ball fields.

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