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: , ,

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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.

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169252InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/16 14:00From January 16, 2017 to March 20, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169253InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/16 15:00From January 16, 2017 to March 20, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169254InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/17 14:00From January 17, 2017 to March 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169255InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/17 15:00From January 17, 2017 to March 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169260InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/18 01:00From January 17, 2017 to March 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169258InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/18 14:00From January 18, 2017 to March 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169259InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/18 15:00From January 18, 2017 to March 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169256InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/19 14:00From January 19, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169257InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/19 15:00From January 19, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169261InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/20 01:00From January 19, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169250InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/20 14:00From January 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 169251InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/20 15:00From January 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Arts & Crafts at Independence 169344InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 10Coed2017/01/10 21:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$18.00
Basketball (Special Recreation) at Independence 169421InstructionSports - Basketball10 and upCoed2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball at Independence 187675InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 17:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$13.00
Basketball at Independence 187678InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Basketball at Independence 187690InstructionSports - BasketballAt least but less than 7Coed2017/01/17 21:45From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Basketball at Independence 169573InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$13.00
Basketball at Independence 187677InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 17:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$13.00
Basketball at Independence 187683InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/01/12 21:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Basketball at Independence 169465InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/20 00:30From January 19, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$13.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Independence 169659InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$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
Dodgeball at Independence 187691InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/11 21:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
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
Fitness Boot Camp (Special Rec) at Independence 169898InstructionWellness - Fitness10 and upCoed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Independence 169912InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Independence 193079InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/14 00:15From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Independence 187682InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Gymnastics at Independence 187694InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$13.00
Judo (Special Recreation) at Independence 170241InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense8 and upCoed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
$0
Kickboxing at Independence 193080InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/14 01:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$22.00
Kiddie College at Independence 170293InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$114.00
Kiddie College at Independence 170294InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$52.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Independence Cancelled170356InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Learn to Swim at Independence 170398InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/17 21:30From January 17, 2017 to March 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 170401InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/18 21:30From January 18, 2017 to March 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 170399InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/19 21:30From January 19, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 170400InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/20 21:30From January 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
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
Mighty Fit Kids at Independence 170484InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Mighty Munchkins at Independence 187673InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$13.00
Mighty Munchkins at Independence 187674InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 17:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$13.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Independence 170515InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 23:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$28.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 170532InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2017/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11am
$28.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 170533InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
$53.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 170534InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/01/11 15:30From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$53.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 189448InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
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
Open Swim at Independence 170601OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/16 18:00From January 16, 2017 to March 24, 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 187668InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$13.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Independence 189449InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$13.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Independence 187669InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$13.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Independence 170660OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/01/17 00:00From January 16, 2017 to March 20, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Soccer at Independence 187679InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2017 to March 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$13.00
Soccer at Independence 187680InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 16:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$13.00
Soccer at Independence 187681InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$13.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 171106InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 189446InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2017 to March 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 189447InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2017 to March 2, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Special Olym Seasonal Sports - Jr at Independence 171113InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2017/01/12 20:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
$33.00
Special Olympics Open Swim at Independence Cancelled171121OpenSports - Special OlympicsAnyCoed2017/02/16 01:00From February 15, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 171127InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports10 and upCoed2017/01/11 20:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$13.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 171126InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$13.00
Sport Art & Dart at Independence 187676InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
$25.00
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
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 171326InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/17 17:00From January 17, 2017 to March 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 171325InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/19 00:00From January 18, 2017 to March 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 171327InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/19 17:00From January 19, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 171350InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/16 17:00From January 16, 2017 to March 20, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 171352InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/18 00:00From January 17, 2017 to March 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 171351InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/18 17:00From January 18, 2017 to March 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 171353InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/20 00:00From January 19, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 171349InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/20 17:00From January 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 171354InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/21 00:00From January 20, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 187670InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 187672InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 187671InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$0
Yoga Partnership at Independence 171636PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2017 to February 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
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 171653InstructionSports - Special OlympicsAt least 2 but less than 8Coed2017/02/15 16:00From February 15, 2017 to March 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
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
Young Scientist (Special Rec) at Independence 189450InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 11, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$13.00
Young Scientist at Independence 171659InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$17.00
Young Scientist at Independence 171658InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 10Coed2017/01/12 21:45From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$17.00
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

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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.