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.

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

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

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Hours: , ,

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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.

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Independence 193805OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/20 01:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Monday from 7am to 7:45am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 7:45am
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 7:45am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 7:45am
Each Friday from 7am to 7:45am
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 193829InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/20 12:45From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 193826InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 193831InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/21 12:45From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 193830InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/22 12:45From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 193827InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 193828InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/23 12:45From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$0
Art Camp at Independence 200190CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 18:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$105.00
Art Camp at Independence 200191CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/06/26 18:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$105.00
Boot Camp at Independence 194257InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/23 23:30From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Independence 194031CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$278.00
Day Camp at Independence 194085CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$375.00
Family Swim at Independence 194233OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/21 15:00From June 21, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
$0
Family Swim at Independence 194233OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/21 15:00From June 21, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
$0
Leadership Camp (Special Rec) at Independence 194376CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 15 but less than 23Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$140.00
Leadership Camp at Independence 194385CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$25.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 194462InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 194464InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 194463InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 21:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 194465InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 21:00From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Independence 194530InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$18.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Independence 194531InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$18.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Independence 194538InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/06/21 23:15From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$22.00
Musical Theater Partnership at Independence 200193PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/27 19:00From June 27, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 3pm
$48.00
NIA Partnership at Independence 194550PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/06 23:30From June 6, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$96.00
NIA Partnership at Independence 194549PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/10 14:30From June 10, 2017 to September 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$88.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Independence 194595OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Play Camp at Independence 200189CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$110.00
Senior Swim at Independence 194725OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/08/07 14:00From August 7, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Special Olympics Swimming at Independence 200038InstructionAquatics - Lessons6 and upCoed2017/06/26 16:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Special Recreation Adult Day Camp at Independence 194784CampsCamps - Special Interest23 and upCoed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$278.00
Sports Camp at Independence 194654CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$70.00
TEAM Sports at Independence 194850InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 195054PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/07/20 00:00From July 19, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
Youth Swim at Independence 195075OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at Independence 195075OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
From August 7, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0

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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.