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.

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.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Olympia Tennis Courts

Olympia Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Spray Pool

Olympia Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 102385Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2015/05/07 23:00From May 7, 2015 to August 27, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$250.00
Baseball Little League Partnership at Olympia 129690PartnershipGroupSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/04/27 22:45From April 27, 2015 to July 15, 2015
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 7pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 102757Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/05/01 23:30From May 1, 2015 to July 24, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, May 29, 2015
$250.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Band at Olympia 131423InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/07/11 00:00From July 10, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Teen League at Olympia Cancelled131427Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/06/29 23:30From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$11.00
Basketball at Olympia 131424InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/08/10 21:00From August 10, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$21.00
Basketball at Olympia 133553InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/08/17 21:00From August 17, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$21.00
Basketball at Olympia 131418InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2015/06/29 22:00From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Basketball at Olympia 131419InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2015/06/30 22:00From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Basketball at Olympia Cancelled133550InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2015/06/30 23:00From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00
Basketball at Olympia 133551InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 132227CampsSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 17:00From August 10, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
$31.00
Basketball Camp at Olympia 133552CampsSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/17 17:00From August 17, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
$31.00
Basketball Camp Partnership at Olympia 146601PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 11Male2015/06/13 19:00From June 13, 2015 to July 18, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball Camp Partnership at Olympia 146602PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 14Male2015/06/13 21:00From June 13, 2015 to July 18, 2015
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 116088Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/12 23:30From June 12, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$250.00
Basketball Partnership at Olympia 117646PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to September 19, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Basketball Partnership at Olympia 117645PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 15Coed2015/09/15 00:30From September 14, 2015 to September 19, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Boot Camp at Olympia 131429InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2015/07/01 00:00From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$11.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Olympia 131414InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/08/17 19:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$9.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Olympia 131415InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/08/18 19:00From August 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$6.00
Day Camp at Olympia 116231CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$381.00
Dodgeball at Olympia 131431InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5 but less than 13Male2015/07/10 21:00From July 10, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$9.00
Early Bird Camp at Olympia 116284CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$31.00
Flag Football at Olympia 131428InstructionSports - FootballAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/06/30 21:00From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Fun with Food at Olympia 131416InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/08/17 20:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$9.00
Fun with Food at Olympia 131417InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/08/18 20:00From August 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$6.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 131402InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/29 22:00From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 131420InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/06/30 00:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$25.00
Instrumental at Olympia 131421InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/07/03 00:15From July 2, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:15pm to 7:45pm
$20.00
KidzEnergy at Olympia 131426InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/08/17 15:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$9.00
KidzEnergy at Olympia 131411InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/08/18 15:00From August 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$6.00
Leadership Camp at Olympia 116752CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$150.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 131404InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2015/07/01 22:00From July 1, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 131405InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 6Coed2015/07/02 23:15From July 1, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$20.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 132108InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/07/06 21:00From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 131398InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2015/06/30 21:00From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 131399InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/07/01 21:00From July 1, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 131401InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/07/10 21:00From July 10, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$17.00
Piano at Olympia 131406InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/07/01 00:00From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Piano at Olympia 131407InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/07/01 00:30From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$20.00
Piano at Olympia 131409InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/07/02 00:00From July 1, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Piano at Olympia 131408InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/07/02 00:30From June 30, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$20.00
Piano at Olympia 131410InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/07/03 00:45From July 1, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:45pm to 8:15pm
$20.00
Play Camp at Olympia 117530CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$189.00
Play Camp at Olympia 117531CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 17:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$189.00
Saxophone at Olympia 131422InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 9 but less than 16Coed2015/07/10 22:00From July 10, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$17.00
Seasonal Sports at Olympia 147756InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Male2015/07/11 00:00From July 10, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132109InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/06/29 18:30From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132223InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 8Male2015/06/29 19:30From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132107InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 18:30From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132220InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 4 but less than 6Male2015/06/30 19:30From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132104InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/07/01 18:30From July 1, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132222InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 4 but less than 6Male2015/07/01 19:30From July 1, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132105InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2015/07/30 18:30From July 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132217InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 10Male2015/07/30 19:30From July 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132106InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/07/10 18:30From July 10, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$0
Sing-Along at Olympia 132219InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 10 but less than 13Male2015/07/10 19:30From July 10, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
Sports Camp at Olympia 132368CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 18:30From August 10, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$21.00
Sports Camp at Olympia 117659CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/17 18:30From August 17, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$21.00
Young Scientist at Olympia 131412InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/08/17 16:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$9.00
Young Scientist at Olympia 131413InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/08/18 16:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$6.00

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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.