Olympia Park

  • 6566 N. Avondale Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60631 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jim Ziaja
  • Park Phone: (773) 631-6861

The 10-acre Olympia Park located west of Harlem Avenue in the Edison Park community offers an immense range of programming for residents. Making the most of its gymnasium and two club rooms, Olympia Park provides instruction in basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and floor hockey for youth.  Outdoors, the park features two senior and one junior baseball field, as well as a combination soccer / football field, four basketball standards, three tennis courts, a playground, and water spray feature.

For those interested in art, there are classes in painting,drawing, and arts & crafts. Olympia Park begins instruction for children as young as 18 months old, with its moms, pops and tots and parent/child art classes. For ages 3-5, the park offers the following developmental programs: fitness fun, preschool, storytime and crafts, seasonal tot t-ball and tot soccer. Teens gather at the park for basketball. Adults can join the popular basketball and volleyball leagues. Seniors participate in their own walking and fitness classes.

History

Olympia Park takes its name from Olympia Avenue, the street on its northwestern border, which in turn makes reference to the ancient Greek site of the first Olympics. During the 1910s and 1920s, the population of the surrounding Edison Park neighborhood increased from 300 to over 5,000 residents, although stretches of farmland still separated the fine homes. Local residents established the Edison Park District in 1913 to provide recreational opportunities for the developing community. Twelve years later, the Edison Park District purchased a 10-acre tract of open land to create a much-anticipated athletic field. The local athletic association pushed for rapid improvements, even offering to help with fund-raising efforts. The park district quickly responded by grading the site, laying out a baseball field, and erecting a grandstand. In 1934, the Great Depression forced consolidation of Chicago's 22 independent park boards into the unified Chicago Park District. By 1940, the Chicago Park District had improved Olympia Park with a children's playground, tennis courts, and an athletic field that was flooded for ice skating in winter. The park also became known for its 14 beautiful flower beds. During the 1950s, the Chicago Park District constructed a small recreation building in the park. This was remodeled and expanded around 1970. In 1980, a meeting room in the Olympia Park fieldhouse was named in honor of local resident Fred Norton, who was instrumental in lobbying for the fieldhouse expansion.

Parking/Directions

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

Olympia Baseball

Olympia Baseball

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Basketball

Olympia Basketball

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Fieldhouse

Olympia Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Hours: ,

Olympia Football/Soccer

Olympia Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Olympia Gymnasium

Olympia Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Clubrooms

Olympia Clubrooms

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Playground

Olympia PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Olympia Tennis Courts

Olympia Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Spray Pool

Olympia Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

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. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  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
16" Softball League at Olympia 139909Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2016/05/05 23:00From May 5, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$255.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Band at Olympia 154403InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/15 00:00From July 14, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Olympia 154462InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/08/15 21:00From August 15, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$0
Basketball at Olympia 154465InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/08/22 21:00From August 22, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$22.00
Basketball at Olympia 154460InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/07/11 22:00From July 11, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$7.00
Basketball at Olympia 154461InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/07/05 22:00From July 5, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$9.00
Basketball at Olympia 154464InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/07/08 22:00From July 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball Camp at Olympia 154478CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 17:00From August 15, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
$22.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 154479CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/22 17:00From August 22, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
$22.00
Basketball League at Olympia 154498Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/17 23:30From June 17, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$255.00
Boot Camp at Olympia 154510InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2016/07/06 00:00From July 5, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$12.00
Cheerleading - Competitive Partnership at Olympia 159038PartnershipGroupSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/07/25 22:15From July 25, 2016 to November 3, 2016
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Olympia 154571InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/08/22 16:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$20.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Olympia 154570InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/08/22 19:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$20.00
Day Camp at Olympia 154653CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$401.00
Dodgeball at Olympia 154680InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5 but less than 13Male2016/07/15 21:00From July 15, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Early Bird Camp at Olympia 154713CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$35.00
Flag Football at Olympia 154828InstructionSports - FootballAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Football League Partnership at Olympia 159039PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/07/26 22:00From July 26, 2016 to November 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Guitar - Group at Olympia 154853InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/07/11 22:00From July 4, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 154854InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/12 00:00From July 4, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$26.00
Instrumental at Olympia 154892InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/09 00:15From July 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 7:15pm to 7:45pm
$21.00
Leadership Camp at Olympia 154960CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$153.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 155104InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 22:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 155105InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2016/07/07 23:15From July 7, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$21.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 155181InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2016/07/11 21:00From July 11, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 155178InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 155179InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/07/06 21:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 155180InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/07/15 21:00From July 15, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$18.00
Piano at Olympia 155187InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/06 00:00From July 5, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Piano at Olympia 155188InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/06 00:30From July 5, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$21.00
Piano at Olympia 155190InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/07 00:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Piano at Olympia 155189InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/07 00:30From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$21.00
Piano at Olympia 155191InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/09 00:45From July 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 7:45pm to 8:15pm
$21.00
Play Camp at Olympia 155239CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$193.00
Saxophone at Olympia 155517InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 9 but less than 16Coed2016/07/15 22:00From July 15, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$18.00
Sports Camp at Olympia 155627CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 18:30From August 15, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$22.00
Sports Camp at Olympia 155626CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/22 18:30From August 22, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$22.00
Young Scientist at Olympia 155876InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/08/22 15:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$20.00
Young Scientist at Olympia 155877InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/08/22 18:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$20.00

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The 10-acre Olympia Park located west of Harlem Avenue in the Edison Park community offers an immense range of programming for residents. Making the most of its gymnasium and two club rooms, Olympia Park provides instruction in basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and floor hockey for youth.  Outdoors, the park features two senior and one junior baseball field, as well as a combination soccer / football field, four basketball standards, three tennis courts, a playground, and water spray feature.

For those interested in art, there are classes in painting,drawing, and arts & crafts. Olympia Park begins instruction for children as young as 18 months old, with its moms, pops and tots and parent/child art classes. For ages 3-5, the park offers the following developmental programs: fitness fun, preschool, storytime and crafts, seasonal tot t-ball and tot soccer. Teens gather at the park for basketball. Adults can join the popular basketball and volleyball leagues. Seniors participate in their own walking and fitness classes.

Olympia Park takes its name from Olympia Avenue, the street on its northwestern border, which in turn makes reference to the ancient Greek site of the first Olympics. During the 1910s and 1920s, the population of the surrounding Edison Park neighborhood increased from 300 to over 5,000 residents, although stretches of farmland still separated the fine homes. Local residents established the Edison Park District in 1913 to provide recreational opportunities for the developing community. Twelve years later, the Edison Park District purchased a 10-acre tract of open land to create a much-anticipated athletic field. The local athletic association pushed for rapid improvements, even offering to help with fund-raising efforts. The park district quickly responded by grading the site, laying out a baseball field, and erecting a grandstand. In 1934, the Great Depression forced consolidation of Chicago's 22 independent park boards into the unified Chicago Park District. By 1940, the Chicago Park District had improved Olympia Park with a children's playground, tennis courts, and an athletic field that was flooded for ice skating in winter. The park also became known for its 14 beautiful flower beds. During the 1950s, the Chicago Park District constructed a small recreation building in the park. This was remodeled and expanded around 1970. In 1980, a meeting room in the Olympia Park fieldhouse was named in honor of local resident Fred Norton, who was instrumental in lobbying for the fieldhouse expansion.

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