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

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

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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
Aerobics (Special Recreation) at Independence 224294InstructionWellness - Aerobics8 and upCoed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:50pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221313InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 13:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221298InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221310InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 13:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 202232InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 14:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221316InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221311InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 13:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221306InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221314InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 13:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221307InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221312InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221309InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 13:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 221308InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Basketball at Independence 202332InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$30.00
Basketball Skills at Independence 203280InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:45From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Boot Camp at Independence 202845InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$23.00
Boot Camp at Independence Cancelled202844InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 23:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$23.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Independence 202559InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$0
Family Swim at Independence 221301OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/12 00:00From September 11, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Independence 204060InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/09/13 20:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Fun and Games at Independence 222171InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$25.00
Judo (Special Recreation) at Independence 203160InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense8 and upCoed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Kickboxing at Independence Cancelled203193InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/16 00:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$23.00
Kiddie College at Independence 203227InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$81.00
Kiddie College at Independence 203228InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$54.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 202152InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 221299InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 221317InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 221318InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 221320InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 224078InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Independence 203405InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2017/09/12 20:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Independence 203467InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$23.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 203485InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 2Coed2017/09/18 14:30From September 18, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$27.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 203483InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 3m Coed2017/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
$55.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 203484InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 3m Coed2017/09/13 14:30From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$55.00
Nia Partnership at Independence 203539PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$104.00
Nia Partnership at Independence 203538PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$104.00
Open Swim at Independence 221302OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 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 203567InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/11 14:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$13.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Independence 203568InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/15 14:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$13.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Independence 221304OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Play School at Independence 204056InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 14:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9:30am to Noon
$65.00
Recreational Tumbling at Independence 203791InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/11 22:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Independence 202923InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/09/14 20:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Soccer at Independence 204061InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/09/12 20:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 204149InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 204148InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 204147InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Special Olympics Gymnastics at Independence 204159InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2017/09/14 19:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
$34.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 204168InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports10 and upCoed2017/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$13.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 204170InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports10 and upCoed2017/09/15 19:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$13.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 224461InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports10 and upCoed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$13.00
Special Olympics Swimming at Independence 221305InstructionAquatics - LessonsAnyCoed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Special Olympics Swimming at Independence 222172InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Special Olympics Young Athletes at Independence 204169InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 8Coed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Sport Art & Dart at Independence 204058InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 15:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
$25.00
TEAM Sports at Independence 204282InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
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
Tiny Tot Sports at Independence 202413InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Independence 204059InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 14:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$13.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Independence 222170InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 221325InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 221300InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 221326InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 221297InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 221323InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 221321InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 221324InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 221322InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 204445InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
$25.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 204447InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$25.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 204754PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/11/02 00:00From November 1, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$56.00
Young Scientist (Special Rec) at Independence 224295InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help10 and upCoed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Young Scientist at Independence 204781InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$26.00
Young Scientist at Independence 204782InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/14 20:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Youth Swim at Independence 221303OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$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.