Olympia Park

  • 6566 N. Avondale Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60631 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Jim Ziaja
  • 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: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Basketball

Olympia Basketball

Location: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Fieldhouse

Olympia Fieldhouse

Location: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Football/Soccer

Olympia Football/Soccer

Location: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Gymnasium

Olympia Gymnasium

Location: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Clubrooms

Olympia Clubrooms

Location: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Playground

Olympia Playground

Location: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Tennis Courts

Olympia Tennis Courts

Location: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Spray Pool

Olympia Spray Pool

Location: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
16" Softball League at Olympia 68514Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoedFrom May 8, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$245.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball Camp at Olympia 86440CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 86442CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom August 18, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 86441CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 86448CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 12CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$20.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 86449CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 12CoedFrom August 18, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$20.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 86447CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 12CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$20.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 86453CampsCamps - SportsAt least 12 but less than 15CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$20.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 86454CampsCamps - SportsAt least 12 but less than 15CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Basketball League at Olympia 80868Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom June 13, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$245.00
Day Camp at Olympia 80995CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$374.00
Dodgeball at Olympia 81025InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Early Bird Camp at Olympia 81053CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$30.00
Fun with Food Camp at Olympia 86525CampsSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$25.00
Fun with Food Camp at Olympia 86526CampsSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
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
$25.00
Leadership Camp at Olympia 81252CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$130.00
Play Camp at Olympia 81479CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$185.00
Play Camp at Olympia 86459CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$110.00
Spartan Travel Team Basketball Tryouts at Olympia 86460InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 15CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Free
Spartan Travel Team Basketball Tryouts at Olympia 86461InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Free
Sports Camp at Olympia 86455CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 4pm
$20.00
Sports Camp at Olympia 86456CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 4pm
$20.00
Sports Camp at Olympia 86457CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 18, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 4pm
$20.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Olympia 89460InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Band at Olympia 110955InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAnyCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Olympia 111002OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Olympia 111004OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Free
Basketball at Olympia 89621InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Basketball League at Olympia 89624Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Free
Basketball League at Olympia 90548Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Free
Basketball League at Olympia 110991Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Free
Basketball League at Olympia 110992Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Free
Basketball League at Olympia 110993Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Free
Basketball League at Olympia 110995Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Free
Basketball League at Olympia 110994Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Free
Basketball League at Olympia 110988Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom 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 14MaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Free
Basketball League at Olympia 110999Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14MaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Free
Basketball Partnership at Olympia 89622PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Cheerleading Partnership at Olympia 110956PartnershipGroupSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 14CoedFrom September 1, 2014 to October 23, 2014
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$350.00
Flag Football Partnership at Olympia 90019PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 5 but less than 14CoedFrom September 7, 2014 to November 9, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 5pm
$150.00
Floor Hockey at Olympia 110945InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 7CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Fun with Food at Olympia 110960InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111045InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111046InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:30pm
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111047InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111048InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:30pm
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111049InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11:30am to Noon
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 111050InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$100.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 90683InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 4CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 90865InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom 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 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$25.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110978InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom 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 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$15.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 110985InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Piano at Olympia 90870InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$25.00
Piano at Olympia 90871InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:30pm
$25.00
Soccer at Olympia 91236InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom 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 5CoedFrom 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 14CoedFrom September 6, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Saturday from 8am to 4pm
$90.00
Song Writing at Olympia 111012InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$10.00
Spartan Travel Team Basketball Tryouts at Olympia 111053Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 14CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Free
Spartan Travel Team Basketball Tryouts at Olympia 111054Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Free
T-Ball at Olympia 91348InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom 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 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Olympia 91535InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom 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 4CoedFrom 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 5CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$15.00
Volleyball at Olympia 91696Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$245.00
Walking Club at Olympia 111051OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoedFrom 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
Free

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 6566 N. Avondale Ave. 3
Basketball Court - Outdoor 6566 N. Avondale Ave. 4
Fieldhouse 6566 N. Avondale Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 6566 N. Avondale Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 6566 N. Avondale Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 6566 N. Avondale Ave. 2
Playgrounds 6566 N. Avondale Ave. 1
Tennis Courts 6566 N. Avondale Ave. 3
Water Spray Features 6566 N. Avondale Ave. 1
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.