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

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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

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.

Events

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Adult Swim at Independence 159852OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Adult Swim at Independence 159852OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 154361InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 154362InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 12:45From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 7:45am to 8:45am
$0
Family Swim at Independence 154770OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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 154770OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
Fitness Boot Camp at Independence 154808InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/24 23:30From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 155025InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 21:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 155027InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/24 21:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Independence 155093InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/24 22:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$17.00
NIA Partnership at Independence 159483PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/14 23:30From June 14, 2016 to August 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$96.00
Nia Partnership at Independence 155113PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/18 14:30From June 18, 2016 to September 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$88.00
Open Swim at Independence 155125OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/21 01:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:15pm
$0
Senior Swim at Independence 155531OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/06/20 13:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 8:45am
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
Senior Swim at Independence 155531OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/06/20 13:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 8:45am
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
Senior Swim at Independence 155531OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/06/20 13:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 8:45am
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
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
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
TEAM Sports at Independence 155670InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 155865PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/07/28 00:00From July 27, 2016 to August 31, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
Youth Swim at Independence 155889OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
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 3:30pm to 4:30pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$0
Youth Swim at Independence 155889OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
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 3:30pm to 4:30pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aerobics (Special Recreation) at Independence 162018InstructionWellness - Aerobics10 and upCoed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Independence 185119InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts10 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$12.00
Arts & Crafts at Independence 162140InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/28 15:30From September 28, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Basketball - 4 on 4 at Independence 162315InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$15.00
Basketball at Independence 162312InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$12.00
Basketball at Independence 184555InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Basketball at Independence 162311InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/20 20:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Basketball at Independence 162313InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:15From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$12.00
Basketball at Independence 162314InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 18:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Independence 162489InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$0
Creative Discovery Partnership at Independence 185117PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Literary Art18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to October 24, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$90.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Independence 185121InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Independence 162754InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 23:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Independence 162794InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/22 20:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Judo (Special Recreation) at Independence 163088InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense8 and upCoed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Kickboxing at Independence 163119InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/24 00:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$22.00
Kiddie College at Independence 163155InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:45From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 28, 2016
$77.00
Kiddie College at Independence 163156InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 17:30From September 22, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 27, 2016
$51.00
Lacrosse at Independence 162664InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Little Artists at Independence 163353InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 20:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Independence 184560InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Independence 185122InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$17.00
Mighty Munchkins at Independence 162899InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$12.00
Mighty Munchkins at Independence 162901InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 16:15From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Independence 162753InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$22.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 163420InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 2Coed2016/09/26 14:30From September 26, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$26.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 163418InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 3m Coed2016/09/22 15:30From September 22, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 27, 2016
$52.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 163419InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 3m Coed2016/09/21 14:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$52.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 164762InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 11m but less than 3Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$26.00
Nia Partnership at Independence 185116PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/10 14:30From September 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$112.00
Nia Partnership at Independence 163492PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/10 14:30From September 10, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$112.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Independence 163526InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$22.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Independence 163527InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/23 14:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$22.00
Recreational Tumbling at Independence 163825InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Independence 164158InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$12.00
Soccer at Independence 164095InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Soccer at Independence 164097InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 16:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$12.00
Soccer at Independence 184556InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Soccer at Independence 184557InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 20:45From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Soccer at Independence 164096InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 15:30From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Soccer at Independence 184558InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 164184InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 185118InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2016/09/28 16:00From September 28, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 164185InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Special Olympics Gymnastics at Independence 164194InstructionGymnastics - Recreational8 and upCoed2016/09/22 19:30From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
$32.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 164201InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports10 and upCoed2016/09/21 19:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$12.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 164203InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports10 and upCoed2016/09/23 19:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$12.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 164202InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 164467InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 162900InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 184559InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$12.00
Volleyball at Independence 163401InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 164742PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to October 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 164741PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/11/03 00:00From November 2, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
Young Scientist at Independence 162141InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Young Scientist at Independence 164761InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/22 20:45From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$12.00

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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.

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