Oriole Park

  • 5430 N. Olcott Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60656 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Frank Clark
  • Park Phone: (773) 631-6197

Situated just south of Bryn Mawr Avenue and west of Harlem Avenue on the northwest side of the city, Oriole Park covers more than 18 acres of land and provides numerous programs year-round for every age resident. Outdoor amenities include two senior and four junior-sized baseball fields, one softball field and one combination soccer/football fields. In addition to two Chicago Plays! renovated playgrounds [one has a ship theme] a sandbox and an awesome interactive spray pool, the park features three tennis courts, two regular and one junior basketball standard and a paved path for walking, running, biking or inline skating.

For its youngest park patrons, Oriole Park offers preschool, storytime and crafts, moms, pops and tots, tot music and t-ball. Adults can participate in walking, piano lessons and co-rec volleyball. Teenagers play basketball or get moving with roller hockey. Oriole Park is used most by youth ages 6-12, who may gain skills in basketball, recreational tumbling, team gymnastics, floor hockey, volleyball, indoor tennis and track and field programs. The park also offers a seasonal sports class that provides practice and preparation for specific regional and citywide athletic tournaments. Piano lessons and fun with food classes are also offered at Oriole Park. Students enrolled in programs become the stars of gym showcases, where they show off the skills they have learned over the past season.

During the summer months the staff offers it's popular and affordable 6-week day camp.  Check us out!

History

Oriole Park takes its name from the surrounding subdivision in the Norwood Park community. As late as 1930, it was a sparsely-settled, semi-rural area. Lying a mile from the Northwestern Railway's Norwood Park station, the neighborhood began to fill with single-family homes in the 1920s, when newly-affordable automobiles allowed middle-class families to move further out. Oriole Park was created by the Edison Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Several years before the consolidation, a committee of the 77th Avenue Improvement Club urged the Edison Park District to create a playground along Oriole Avenue. The local park district purchased the land in mid-1931. By late the following year, the city had vacated an adjacent alley, bringing the park to 2.29 acres. The Edison Park District considered constructing a softball field on the property, but made few improvements to the swampy site. Still, local children used the new park enough to prompt a neighboring farmer to ask that a fence be erected to prevent stray baseballs from ruining his crops. Not long after the 1934 transfer to the Chicago Park District, a softball diamond and a playground were installed at Oriole Park. After World War II, the park district added more than 16 acres to the park in anticipation of increased population expected because of construction of the Northwest Highway. For a time, the park district and the Chicago Board of Education provided joint programming at the park and the adjacent Oriole Park School. This co-operative relationship ended in the early 1970s, when a large fieldhouse was constructed in the park. During the 1990s, the park received a new soft surface playground and an interactive waterplay area.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Oriole Diamonds

Oriole Diamonds

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Notes: 5 Baseball, 2 T-Ball/Softball

Oriole Basketball

Oriole Basketball

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Notes: half courts

William Kirby

William Kirby

Location Notes: Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Notes: Food & Beverage, 4:30pm - 8:30pm, 773.655.0445

Oriole Fieldhouse

Oriole Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Hours: ,

Oriole Football/Soccer

Oriole Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Oriole Gymnasium

Oriole Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Oriole Clubroom

Oriole Clubroom

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Oriole Playground

Oriole Playground

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

NW Playground

NW Playground

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Oriole Tennis

Oriole Tennis

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Oriole Water Spray Feature

Oriole Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Arts & Crafts at Oriole 95933InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Oriole 95934InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 20:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$15.00
Basketball at Oriole 96095InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 15Coed2015/01/08 22:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$9.00
Basketball at Oriole 96092InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$9.00
Basketball at Oriole 96093InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2015/01/09 22:45From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$9.00
Bitty Basketball at Oriole 96206InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/01/16 21:15From January 16, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$9.00
Dodgeball at Oriole 96404InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/01/08 21:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$9.00
Dodgeball at Oriole 96405InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$9.00
Floor Hockey at Oriole 96555InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$9.00
Floor Hockey at Oriole 97700InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 7Female2015/01/06 21:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$9.00
Floor Hockey at Oriole 96553InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$9.00
Floor Hockey at Oriole 96954InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 12 but less than 15Coed2015/01/06 22:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$9.00
Fun and Games at Oriole 96554InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/01/05 21:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$9.00
Fun and Games at Oriole 96624InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$9.00
Indoor Soccer Partnership at Oriole 96802PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/02/04 00:00From February 3, 2015 to May 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$50.00
Indoor Soccer Partnership at Oriole 96803PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/02/06 00:00From February 5, 2015 to May 7, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$55.00
Indoor Soccer Partnership at Oriole 96801PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/02/07 00:00From February 6, 2015 to May 8, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$50.00
Kiddie College at Oriole 96914InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$99.00
Kiddie College at Oriole 96915InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$99.00
Lacrosse at Oriole 96623InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/01/07 21:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$9.00
Lacrosse at Oriole 96953InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$9.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Oriole 97198InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/08 15:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$42.00
Play School at Oriole 97538InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Recreational Tumbling at Oriole 97609InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:45From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$9.00
Soccer at Oriole 97881InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$9.00
Soccer at Oriole 97972InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 19:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$9.00
T-Ball at Oriole 112814InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 19:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$9.00
Team Gymnastics at Oriole 98008InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Teen Club at Oriole 112815OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Oriole 98158InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 20:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$9.00
Veterans Archery (Special Recreation) at Oriole 113726InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
$0
Volleyball at Oriole 112813InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 22:45From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$9.00
Volleyball at Oriole 96094InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/01/07 22:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$9.00
Volleyball at Oriole 98295InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2015/01/07 22:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$9.00
Volleyball League at Oriole 98314Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 10pm
$240.00
Young Scientist at Oriole 98422InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$15.00

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Description

Situated just south of Bryn Mawr Avenue and west of Harlem Avenue on the northwest side of the city, Oriole Park covers more than 18 acres of land and provides numerous programs year-round for every age resident. Outdoor amenities include two senior and four junior-sized baseball fields, one softball field and one combination soccer/football fields. In addition to two Chicago Plays! renovated playgrounds [one has a ship theme] a sandbox and an awesome interactive spray pool, the park features three tennis courts, two regular and one junior basketball standard and a paved path for walking, running, biking or inline skating.

For its youngest park patrons, Oriole Park offers preschool, storytime and crafts, moms, pops and tots, tot music and t-ball. Adults can participate in walking, piano lessons and co-rec volleyball. Teenagers play basketball or get moving with roller hockey. Oriole Park is used most by youth ages 6-12, who may gain skills in basketball, recreational tumbling, team gymnastics, floor hockey, volleyball, indoor tennis and track and field programs. The park also offers a seasonal sports class that provides practice and preparation for specific regional and citywide athletic tournaments. Piano lessons and fun with food classes are also offered at Oriole Park. Students enrolled in programs become the stars of gym showcases, where they show off the skills they have learned over the past season.

During the summer months the staff offers it's popular and affordable 6-week day camp.  Check us out!

Oriole Park takes its name from the surrounding subdivision in the Norwood Park community. As late as 1930, it was a sparsely-settled, semi-rural area. Lying a mile from the Northwestern Railway's Norwood Park station, the neighborhood began to fill with single-family homes in the 1920s, when newly-affordable automobiles allowed middle-class families to move further out. Oriole Park was created by the Edison Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Several years before the consolidation, a committee of the 77th Avenue Improvement Club urged the Edison Park District to create a playground along Oriole Avenue. The local park district purchased the land in mid-1931. By late the following year, the city had vacated an adjacent alley, bringing the park to 2.29 acres. The Edison Park District considered constructing a softball field on the property, but made few improvements to the swampy site. Still, local children used the new park enough to prompt a neighboring farmer to ask that a fence be erected to prevent stray baseballs from ruining his crops. Not long after the 1934 transfer to the Chicago Park District, a softball diamond and a playground were installed at Oriole Park. After World War II, the park district added more than 16 acres to the park in anticipation of increased population expected because of construction of the Northwest Highway. For a time, the park district and the Chicago Board of Education provided joint programming at the park and the adjacent Oriole Park School. This co-operative relationship ended in the early 1970s, when a large fieldhouse was constructed in the park. During the 1990s, the park received a new soft surface playground and an interactive waterplay area.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.