Olympia Park

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

Olympia Park Playground is under construction as part of the Chicago Plays! renovation program.

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.

Olympia Gymnasium

Olympia Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Clubrooms

Olympia Clubrooms

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Playground

Olympia Playground

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Tennis Courts

Olympia Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Spray Pool

Olympia Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration is on-going while spots are available.

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
Art & ABCs at Olympia 112165InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 19:15From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Olympia 112166InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Olympia 89460InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Olympia 89461InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Band at Olympia 110955InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAnyCoed2014/09/18 00:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Olympia 111002OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2014/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Olympia 111004OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2014/09/18 16:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball at Olympia 89619InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2014/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$5.00
Basketball at Olympia 89620InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2014/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Basketball at Olympia 89621InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2014/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Basketball League at Olympia 112376Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 11Female2014/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2014 to December 28, 2014
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Sunday, October 5, 2014
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 89624Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/15 22:15From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 90548Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 110991Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/16 22:15From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 110992Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 110993Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/17 21:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 110995Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 110994Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2014/09/19 22:15From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 110988Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2014/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$245.00
Basketball League at Olympia 110997Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Male2014/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 110999Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Male2014/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball Partnership at Olympia 89622PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2014/11/08 14:00From November 8, 2014 to January 24, 2015
Each Saturday from 8am to 4pm
$90.00
Bitty Basketball at Olympia 110962InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Dodgeball at Olympia 89902InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2014/09/17 20:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$5.00
Dodgeball at Olympia 110957InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2014/09/17 20:45From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Flag Football at Olympia 90018InstructionSports - FootballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$5.00
Flag Football at Olympia 110958InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2014/09/15 20:45From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Flag Football at Olympia 110959InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$5.00
Flag Football Partnership at Olympia 90019PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2014/09/07 17:00From September 7, 2014 to November 9, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 5pm
$150.00
Floor Hockey at Olympia 90063InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2014/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$5.00
Floor Hockey at Olympia 110943InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2014/09/16 20:45From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Floor Hockey at Olympia 110944InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$5.00
Floor Hockey at Olympia 110945InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2014/09/17 18:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Football at Olympia 90091InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Fun with Food at Olympia Cancelled110960InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Fun with Food at Olympia 110961InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 18:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 90210InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2014/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$25.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 90211InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2014/09/19 21:45From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$25.00
Indoor Soccer at Olympia 111042InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2014/09/18 20:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$5.00
Indoor Soccer at Olympia 111043InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2014/09/18 20:45From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Indoor Soccer at Olympia 111044InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$5.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111045InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2014/09/16 16:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111046InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2014/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:30pm
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111047InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2014/09/18 16:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111048InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2014/09/18 17:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:30pm
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111049InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2014/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11:30am to Noon
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111050InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2014/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from Noon to 12:30pm
$25.00
Kiddie College at Olympia 90389InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$100.00
Kiddie College at Olympia 112164InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
$80.00
Mighty Munchkins at Olympia 112170InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 90683InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 4Coed2014/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 90684InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 15:15From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 110963InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 15:15From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 110965InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$25.00
Painting at Olympia 90523InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
Painting at Olympia 90781InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 19:45From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$15.00
Painting at Olympia 111203InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2014/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 90863InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$25.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 90864InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$25.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 90865InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$25.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 90866InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$25.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 90867InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$25.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110974InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110976InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110978InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110980InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110982InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110983InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 20:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110984InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 20:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110985InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Piano at Olympia 90870InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2014/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$25.00
Piano at Olympia 90871InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2014/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:30pm
$25.00
Recreational Tumbling at Olympia 90976InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2014/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$5.00
Recreational Tumbling at Olympia 90977InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2014/09/16 20:45From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Recreational Tumbling at Olympia 90978InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2014/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$5.00
Soccer at Olympia 91236InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 91239PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2014/09/07 16:00From September 7, 2014 to October 26, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to 4pm
$90.00
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 91238PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2014/09/06 13:00From September 6, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Saturday from 8am to 4pm
$90.00
Song Writing at Olympia 111009InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Song Writing at Olympia 111012InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$10.00
T-Ball at Olympia 91348InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 18:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Olympia 91534InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2014/09/15 17:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Olympia Cancelled91535InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 17:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Olympia 91536InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Olympia 91537InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2014/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$15.00
Tot Spot at Olympia 112167OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2014/09/17 17:15From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$15.00
Volleyball at Olympia 91696Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2014/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$245.00
Walking Club at Olympia 111051OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2014/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Olympia 112168InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/17 20:00From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$5.00
Young Scientist at Olympia 112169InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2014/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00

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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.