Simons Park

  • 1640 N. Drake Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60647 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Maria Delgado
  • Phone: (312) 742-7548

Located in the Humboldt Park community (mid-way between Kedzie and Pulaski Avenues, just one-half block north of North Avenue), Simons Park sits on approximately one acre.The fieldhouse is equipped with a gymnasium, an assembly hall (with stage), a kitchen, and clubrooms for rental.Outside, the park has a basketball court, a volleyball court, boxing gym, plus a playground with a spray feature.

For recreation, Simons Park offers badminton, basketball, boxing, NERF football, seasonal sports, and soccer—as well as our popular six-week summer camp. On the cultural side, the park offers (oil) painting and arts & crafts. To increase socialization skills and make new friendships, there’s Teen Leadership Club, Go Girl Go, plus Table Fun & Games. The park is filled with awards banners trophies for winning citywide events in boys’ soccer, floor hockey, volleyball, and wrestling.

Simons Park is also host to the Seed of Abraham Children’s Outreach Program, which offers self-esteem and confidence building activities. This partner also provides the park with annual health fairs, which provide kids with school supplies and a school health exam, as well as Say No to Violence back-to-school rallies. In addition to programs, Simons Park hosts the annual citywide boxing show, and the monthly neighborhood CAPS meeting.

History

Simons Park honors local resident Almira Simons Winkleman, daughter of early settlers Edward Simons and Laura Sprague Simons. Beginning in 1836, Edward, a northeasterner, and Laura, a former Joliet school teacher, farmed the land now bordered by Armitage, North, Central Park, and Kedzie Avenues. The Simons Park name was suggested by Almira Simons Winkleman's two daughters during the park's development just after World War I. The Fullerton Avenue Business Men's Association had proposed creation of a neighborhood park in 1916, but no action was taken until after the war. The area's Northwest Park District, one of 22 park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, made its first purchase of land for the park in 1920. Eight years later, the Northwest Park District constructed a red-brick, Second Empire-style fieldhouse designed by nationally-known architect W.W. Alschlager. The fieldhouse, similar to Alschlager's fieldhouses at nearby Kelvyn and Riis Parks, was remodelled in 1990.

Parking/Directions

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

Simons Basketball

Simons Basketball

Location: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Simons Boxing

Simons Boxing

Location: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Simons Fieldhouse

Simons Fieldhouse

Location: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Simons Gymnasium

Simons Gymnasium

Location: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Simons Clubroom

Simons Clubroom

Location: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Simons Playground

Simons Playground

Location: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Simons Spray Pool

Simons Spray Pool

Location: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Summer
Online registration for our park began Monday, April 7. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 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
Basketball - Open at Simons 80836OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 11, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Simons 80835OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Boxing at Simons 80889InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:45pm
Free
Boxing at Simons 80891InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$20.00
Boxing at Simons 80890InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Free
Day Camp at Simons 81013CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$174.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Simons 81204Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Simons 86319OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Each Thursday from 9am to 2pm
Free

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Located in the Humboldt Park community (mid-way between Kedzie and Pulaski Avenues, just one-half block north of North Avenue), Simons Park sits on approximately one acre.The fieldhouse is equipped with a gymnasium, an assembly hall (with stage), a kitchen, and clubrooms for rental.Outside, the park has a basketball court, a volleyball court, boxing gym, plus a playground with a spray feature.

For recreation, Simons Park offers badminton, basketball, boxing, NERF football, seasonal sports, and soccer—as well as our popular six-week summer camp. On the cultural side, the park offers (oil) painting and arts & crafts. To increase socialization skills and make new friendships, there’s Teen Leadership Club, Go Girl Go, plus Table Fun & Games. The park is filled with awards banners trophies for winning citywide events in boys’ soccer, floor hockey, volleyball, and wrestling.

Simons Park is also host to the Seed of Abraham Children’s Outreach Program, which offers self-esteem and confidence building activities. This partner also provides the park with annual health fairs, which provide kids with school supplies and a school health exam, as well as Say No to Violence back-to-school rallies. In addition to programs, Simons Park hosts the annual citywide boxing show, and the monthly neighborhood CAPS meeting.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1640 N. Drake Ave. 1
Boxing Gym 1640 N. Drake Ave. 1
Fieldhouse 1640 N. Drake Ave. 0
Gymnasiums 1640 N. Drake Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 1640 N. Drake Ave. 5 Clubroom
Playgrounds 1640 N. Drake Ave. 1
Water Spray Features 1640 N. Drake Ave. 1
Simons Park honors local resident Almira Simons Winkleman, daughter of early settlers Edward Simons and Laura Sprague Simons. Beginning in 1836, Edward, a northeasterner, and Laura, a former Joliet school teacher, farmed the land now bordered by Armitage, North, Central Park, and Kedzie Avenues. The Simons Park name was suggested by Almira Simons Winkleman's two daughters during the park's development just after World War I. The Fullerton Avenue Business Men's Association had proposed creation of a neighborhood park in 1916, but no action was taken until after the war. The area's Northwest Park District, one of 22 park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, made its first purchase of land for the park in 1920. Eight years later, the Northwest Park District constructed a red-brick, Second Empire-style fieldhouse designed by nationally-known architect W.W. Alschlager. The fieldhouse, similar to Alschlager's fieldhouses at nearby Kelvyn and Riis Parks, was remodelled in 1990.

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