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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

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

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Band at Olympia 162233InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Olympia 184939InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15Male2016/09/01 22:15From September 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 9:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 9:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 9:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 8am to 9:30am
$50.00
Basketball Partnership at Olympia 162437PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/11/07 23:15From November 7, 2016 to January 26, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball Partnership at Olympia 162436PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/11/12 14:00From November 12, 2016 to January 28, 2017
Each Saturday from 8am to 7pm
$0
Dodgeball at Olympia 162671InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2016/09/21 20:45From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$7.00
Flag Football at Olympia 162801InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 20:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$7.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 162960InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2016/09/23 20:45From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$27.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 162961InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/09/23 21:45From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$27.00
Indoor Soccer at Olympia 163062InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/22 20:45From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$7.00
Instrumental at Olympia 163083InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:30pm
$27.00
Instrumental at Olympia 163085InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/09/23 17:15From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
$27.00
Kiddie College at Olympia 163173InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$119.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 163444InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$27.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 163440InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 15:15From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
$27.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 163441InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$27.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 163630InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/09/21 20:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$27.00
Soccer at Olympia 164111InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$17.00
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 164182PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 7:30pm
$0
Song Writing at Olympia 164191InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Team Gymnastics at Olympia 164291InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$12.00
Volleyball League at Olympia 164636Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:45From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 9:15pm
$255.00
Walking Club at Olympia 164649OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Olympia 169369InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 5Coed2017/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$18.00
Arts & Crafts at Olympia 169368InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 17:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$18.00
Band at Olympia 169408InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Olympia 169453OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Olympia 169454OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball at Olympia 169518InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$18.00
Basketball at Olympia 169517InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/01/13 21:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Basketball League at Olympia 169583Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/14 00:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$260.00
Boot Camp at Olympia 169657InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:30pm
$13.00
Bridge Club at Olympia 169684OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 4pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Olympia 169782InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/17 22:30From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Dino Diggers at Olympia 169816InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/17 18:00From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$13.00
Dodgeball at Olympia 169837InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/01/11 21:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Flag Football at Olympia 169938InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Flag Football at Olympia 169939InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 21:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$8.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 170076InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$28.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 189830InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$28.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 170074InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2017/01/13 21:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 170075InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Gymnastics at Olympia 170105InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/10 21:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Gymnastics at Olympia 188589InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Indoor Soccer Partnership at Olympia 170221PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/02/18 18:00From February 18, 2017 to April 15, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 4pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 5pm
$0
Instrumental at Olympia 170236InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 170239InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:30pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 170237InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 170238InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/01/12 18:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:30pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 170235InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/01/13 17:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11:45am to 12:15pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 170234InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/01/13 18:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
$28.00
Kiddie College at Olympia 170310InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$121.00
Kiddie College at Olympia 170311InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
$23.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Olympia Cancelled170540InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$13.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Olympia 190782InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$13.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 170554InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$28.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 170557InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 23:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$28.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 170556InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/12 16:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
$28.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 170555InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$28.00
Painting at Olympia 170610InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 19:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$18.00
Painting at Olympia 170611InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 20:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$18.00
Painting at Olympia 170613InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/01/13 21:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$18.00
Piano - Group - Advanced at Olympia 170716InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 170693InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 170694InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 170696InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 170695InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 170711InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 170712InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 170713InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 170714InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 21:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Olympia 170715InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Saxophone at Olympia 170697InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$28.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Olympia 170937InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/03/08 22:30From March 8, 2017 to April 5, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Olympia 171057InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/12 21:45From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Soccer at Olympia 171058InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$18.00
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 171103PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 14Coed2017/02/13 23:15From February 13, 2017 to March 23, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 9pm
$0
Song Writing at Olympia 171112InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Storytime at Olympia Cancelled189837InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 11m Coed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$13.00
Storytime at Olympia 189836InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2017/01/11 18:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$13.00
Storytime at Olympia 190783InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 11m Coed2017/01/12 19:30From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$13.00
T-Ball at Olympia 171193InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/23 18:00From January 23, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
$18.00
Team Gymnastics at Olympia 171236InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$13.00
Volleyball Clinic Partnership at Olympia 171556PartnershipGroupSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$0
Volleyball League at Olympia 171559Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$260.00
Volleyball Partnership at Olympia 171562PartnershipGroupSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 16Female2017/01/16 01:00From January 15, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 7pm to 9pm
$0
Walking Club at Olympia 171568OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/01/09 14:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Young Scientist at Olympia 189838InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2017/01/12 18:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$13.00
Young Scientist at Olympia 171664InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/13 21:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$13.00

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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.