Independence Park

  • 3945 N. Springfield Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
  • Independence Fieldhouse Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: Special Holiday hours: Dec. 22-Jan. 3 M-SA 9am-5pm; Sunday Closed as well as Dec. 25 & Jan 1
  • 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

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 Center

Location Notes: 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Notes: M-F 7am-8pm; Sa 9am-4:30pm; Su 12-4:30pm;ADA accessible equipment; Sign up for a membership

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 Playground

Location Notes: 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

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

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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
TEAM Sports at Independence 91389InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
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
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Independence 115726OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2014/12/08 15:00From December 8, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95818InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 14:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95819InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95820InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 14:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95821InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95826InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95824InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 14:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95825InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 15:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95822InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 14:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95823InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95827InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95816InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 14:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Independence 95817InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$0
Art & ABCs at Independence 95861InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Independence 95905InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Independence 113253InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/01/08 21:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$10.00
Basketball at Independence 96084InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/01/08 01:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Basketball at Independence 113264InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 15:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$10.00
Basketball League at Independence 114295Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
$50.00
Bitty Basketball at Independence 96150Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$50.00
Bitty Basketball at Independence 96952InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Independence 96221InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$0
Dino Diggers at Independence 113262InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2015/01/08 21:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$15.00
Family Swim at Independence 114807OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2014/12/08 17:00From December 8, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp (Special Rec) at Independence 97065InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$0
Floor Hockey at Independence 96549InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/08 21:45From January 8, 2015 to February 5, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$5.00
Judo (Special Recreation) at Independence 96835InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense8 and upCoed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
$0
Kickboxing at Independence 96862InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 01:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Kickboxing at Independence 98378InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 01:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Kiddie College at Independence 96897InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
$130.00
Kiddie College at Independence 96896InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
$75.00
Lacrosse at Independence 96395InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/02/19 21:45From February 19, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$5.00
Lacrosse at Independence 113275InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/01/10 20:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
$10.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Independence 113281InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Learn to Swim at Independence 96999InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 97001InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 97000InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 96997InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Independence 96998InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
$22.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Independence 97066InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Independence 96513InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 00:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 113252InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2015/01/05 15:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 97174InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/06 15:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$50.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Independence 97175InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/01/07 15:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
$50.00
Music and Movement at Independence 98416InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
$10.00
Music Partnership at Independence 113280PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$85.00
NIA Partnership at Independence 113260PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$80.00
Open Swim at Independence 115727OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2014/12/08 18:00From December 8, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
$0
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Independence 97114InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 15:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$20.00
Recreational Tumbling at Independence 97595InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:45From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$20.00
Soccer at Independence 113263InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/06 21:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$10.00
Soccer at Independence 113277InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 17:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$10.00
Soccer at Independence 113278InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$10.00
Soccer at Independence 96017InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
$10.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Independence 97906InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$0
Special Olym Seasonal Sports - Jr at Independence 97914InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2015/01/08 20:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$30.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Independence 97919InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports12 and upCoed2015/01/07 20:30From January 7, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
$33.00
Tap & Ballet at Independence 113255InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 21:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$10.00
TEAM Sports at Independence 98022InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Independence 98083InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
$10.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 98106InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 98090InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Independence 98108InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 98088InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 98107InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 98089InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 17:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 98109InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 98087InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Independence 98110InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 98145InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
$10.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Independence 113250InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$10.00
Tot Spot at Independence 97872OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/07 15:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
$20.00
Volleyball at Independence 113279InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:45From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, February 9, 2015
$10.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 113259PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/07 17:00From January 7, 2015 to February 11, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$48.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 113258PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to February 11, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
Yoga Partnership at Independence 113256PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/02/19 01:00From February 18, 2015 to March 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$48.00
Yoga/Pilates at Independence 96514InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/10 00:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$20.00
Young Athletes (Special Rec) at Independence 98413InstructionSports - Special OlympicsAt least 2 but less than 8Coed2015/02/07 15:00From February 7, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, February 14, 2015
$0
Young Scientist at Independence 98417InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2015/01/06 21:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
$10.00
Young Scientist at Independence 113254InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$10.00
Youth Swim at Independence 115729OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2014/12/08 21:30From December 8, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, December 13, 2014
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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.