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

Oriole Park - Oriole Park Youth Baseball

Oriole Park - Oriole Park Youth Baseball

Location: 543 N Olcott Ave

Hours: ,

Phone: (773) 789-0005

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Oriole Fieldhouse

Oriole Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Hours: ,

Oriole Football/Soccer

Oriole Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Oriole Gymnasium

Oriole Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Oriole Clubroom

Oriole Clubroom

Location Notes: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Oriole Playground - NW

Oriole Playground - NWAccessible

Location: 5549 N. Oriole Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Oriole Playground - SE

Oriole Playground - SEAccessible

Location: 5430 N. Olcott Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

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

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. 

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
Archery for Veterans at Oriole 162102InstructionSports - Archery18 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
$0
Arts & Crafts at Oriole 162167InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$17.00
Arts & Crafts at Oriole 162166InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$17.00
Basketball at Oriole 162347InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Basketball at Oriole 162346InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/09/23 21:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Oriole 162474InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/23 20:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Oriole 162673InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/09/22 20:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Oriole 162672InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Flag Football at Oriole 162803InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Flag Football at Oriole 162802InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/09/19 20:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$11.00
Floor Hockey at Oriole 162845InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$11.00
Floor Hockey at Oriole 162846InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/22 21:45From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Floor Hockey Partnership at Oriole 162870PartnershipGroupSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/10/18 23:00From October 18, 2016 to December 20, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$55.00
Floor Hockey Partnership at Oriole 162871PartnershipGroupSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2016/10/13 23:00From October 13, 2016 to December 22, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$55.00
Floor Hockey Partnership at Oriole 162869PartnershipGroupSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2016/10/14 23:00From October 14, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$55.00
Fun and Games at Oriole 162912InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 19:15From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$16.00
Kiddie College at Oriole 163174InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$103.00
Kiddie College at Oriole 163175InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$103.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Oriole 163428InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 14:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 9:45am
$44.00
Recreational Tumbling at Oriole 163843InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Soccer at Oriole 164112InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$16.00
Team Gymnastics at Oriole 164292InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$17.00
Teen Club at Oriole 164346OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Oriole 184940InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 19:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Oriole 164479InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 19:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$11.00
Tot Spot at Oriole 163709OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$11.00
Tot Spot at Oriole 184352OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/23 19:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Volleyball at Oriole 164620InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$16.00
Volleyball League at Oriole 164637Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to December 28, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 10pm
$250.00
Yoga at Oriole 184941InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 14:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$22.00
Young Scientist at Oriole 164768InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$17.00

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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.