Simons Park

  • 1640 N. Drake Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60647 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Maria Delgado
  • Park 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 Notes: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Simons Boxing

Simons Boxing

Location Notes: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Simons Fieldhouse

Simons Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Hours: ,

Simons Gymnasium

Simons Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Simons Clubroom

Simons Clubroom

Location Notes: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Simons Playground

Simons Playground

Location Notes: 1640 N. Drake Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Simons Spray Pool

Simons Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1640 N. Drake 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
Basketball - Open at Simons 116044OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/06/08 23:00From June 8, 2015 to August 10, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Simons 116043OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Boxing at Simons 116118InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/06/08 21:00From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$0
Boxing at Simons 116120InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/06/08 23:00From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$21.00
Boxing at Simons 116119InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/08 23:00From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$0
Day Camp at Simons 116247CampsCamps - 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
$177.00
Senior Citizens Club at Simons 117575OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/06/18 14:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 2pm
$0

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Description

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.

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.