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 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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
Cheerleading - Competitive Partnership at Olympia 194003PartnershipGroupSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/07/17 22:15From July 17, 2017 to October 26, 2017
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Olympia 202271InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$18.00
Band at Olympia 202323InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/14 00:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Olympia 202358OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to November 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Olympia 202359OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball at Olympia 202437InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15Male2017/09/01 22:15From September 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
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 at Olympia 224017InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Male2017/09/12 21:30From September 11, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia Cancelled224006Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Female2017/11/06 17:00From November 6, 2017 to January 23, 2018
Each Sunday from 11am to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$100.00
Basketball League at Olympia Cancelled224007Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 9Female2017/11/06 17:00From November 6, 2017 to January 23, 2018
Each Sunday from 11am to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$100.00
Basketball League at Olympia Cancelled224010Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Male2017/11/06 17:00From November 6, 2017 to January 23, 2018
Each Sunday from 11am to 3pm
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$100.00
Basketball League at Olympia Cancelled224009Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 9Male2017/11/06 23:15From November 6, 2017 to January 23, 2018
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 1:30pm
Each Saturday from 8am to 1:30pm
$100.00
Basketball League at Olympia Cancelled224008Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 11Female2017/11/07 00:45From November 6, 2017 to January 23, 2018
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$100.00
Basketball League at Olympia Cancelled224011Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 11Male2017/11/07 00:45From November 6, 2017 to January 23, 2018
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$100.00
Basketball League at Olympia 202494Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$268.00
Basketball Skills at Olympia 202517InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Basketball Skills at Olympia 202516InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/09/15 20:45From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Boot Camp at Olympia 202558InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2017/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2017 to November 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7pm
$13.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Olympia 202702InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Dino Diggers at Olympia 202737InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$13.00
Dodgeball at Olympia 202758InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/09/13 20:45From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$7.00
Drawing & Painting at Olympia 224012InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing60 and upCoed2017/09/15 17:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Flag Football at Olympia 202889InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 20:45From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Flag Football at Olympia 202890InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$8.00
Flag Football Partnership at Olympia 202903PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/09/03 17:00From September 3, 2017 to November 5, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 5pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Olympia 202933InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:45From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Football Partnership at Olympia 202964PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2017/09/03 15:00From September 3, 2017 to October 29, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Football Partnership at Olympia 202965PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/08/14 20:30From August 14, 2017 to November 3, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Guitar - Group at Olympia 203043InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:15From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$28.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia Cancelled203044InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:15From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$28.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 203041InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2017/09/15 20:45From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 203042InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/09/15 21:45From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Indoor Soccer at Olympia 203133InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/14 20:45From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Instrumental at Olympia 203155InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:45From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:45am to 12:15pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 203154InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:15From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 203149InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 203150InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:30pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 203153InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 224014InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 12 but less than 18Male2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 203156InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 203151InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:30pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 203157InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/15 16:45From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11:45am to 12:15pm
$28.00
Instrumental at Olympia 203152InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/15 17:15From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
$28.00
Kiddie College at Olympia 203244InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 14:30From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 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
$125.00
Kiddie College at Olympia 203245InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/11 18:30From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 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
$79.00
Little Artists at Olympia 224013InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 16:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$18.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Olympia 224016InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 203510InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 4Coed2017/09/11 15:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$28.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 203511InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$28.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 203508InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 15:15From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
$28.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 203509InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$28.00
Painting at Olympia 203555InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/15 20:45From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$18.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203663InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203664InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203665InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 10 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203666InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203668InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203669InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$18.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203670InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203667InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203671InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203672InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 203673InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 10 but less than 18Coed2017/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Piano at Olympia 203701InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:45From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 2:15pm
$28.00
Piano at Olympia 203700InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/13 18:30From September 13, 2017 to November 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$28.00
Piano at Olympia 203698InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$28.00
Piano at Olympia 203699InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2017/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Recreational Tumbling at Olympia 203809InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/12 20:45From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Recreational Tumbling at Olympia 203810InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Soccer at Olympia 224015InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 19:15From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$18.00
Soccer at Olympia 204080InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$18.00
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 204145PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 14Coed2017/09/03 16:00From September 3, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to 4pm
Each Saturday from 8am to 4pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 204146PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 14Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
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 204155InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Step Aerobics at Olympia 221933InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$14.00
T-Ball at Olympia 204240InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
$18.00
Team Gymnastics at Olympia 204271InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/09/11 20:45From September 11, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$13.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Olympia 221932InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$18.00
Volleyball at Olympia 204608InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$11.00
Volleyball League at Olympia 204630Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:45From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 9:15pm
$268.00
Walking Club at Olympia 204644OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
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
Young Scientist at Olympia 204788InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$13.00
Young Scientist at Olympia 204787InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/15 20:45From September 15, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$18.00

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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.