Chicago Park District
Austin Town Hall Park

Austin Town Hall Park

 
Austin Town Hall

Austin Town Hall

 
Austin Town Hall

Austin Town Hall

 

Austin Town Hall Park

5610 W Lake St Chicago, IL 60644

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm

Sa 9am- 5pm, Su Closed

Park Supervisor:
Tebrena Howard

(773) 287-7658

 
 
 

Description

It is located in the Austin community, Austin Town Hall Park and Cultural Center totals [3.17] acres. It houses a field house and features an indoor swimming pool, 2 kitchens, a gymnasium, performance theater/auditorium and fitness Center. Majestic in design, the center was once the Town Hall of the Village of Cicero, Illinois. Outside the park offers a basketball court and children’s playground.

Many of these spaces are available for rental for theatre productions or community meetings.

Park-goers can play basketball at the facility. On the cultural side, Austin Town Hall Park is also a Cultural Center that offers a variety of dance, music and theatre classes. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the fall and spring as well, offering recreational opportunities during winter and spring break camps.

In addition to programs, Austin Town Hall Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as gym showcases and Earth Day celebrations.

APR
18
Earth Day at Austin Town Hall
Event's details
April 18, 2014

Time:04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
5610 W Lake St Chicago, IL 60644


 
(04:00 PM - 06:00 PM)
 
APR
26
Community Rhythms at Austin Town Hall
Event's details
April 26, 2014

Time:12:30 PM - 04:00 PM
5610 W Lake St Chicago, IL 60644


Community Rhythms: A Celebration of Dance in the Parks Try out a variety of dance styles in free, family-friendly workshops and classes at the beautiful Austin Town Hall Cultural Center. Short workshops, classes, and performances will be offered by Park District instructors and partners. At this event, you will find out where dance programs and classes are offered throughout the city and how to sign up. Continue dancing at your neighborhood parks!
 
(12:30 PM - 04:00 PM)
 
 

 

 

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Monday, February 24 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Monday, April 7 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18. 

Join us! 

 
 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Basketball Court - Outdoor 5610 W. Lake St. 2
Cultural Centers 5610 W. Lake St. 1
Fieldhouse 5610 W. Lake St. 0
Fitness Centers 5610 W. Lake St. 1 M-F, 10am-8:30pm, Sat. 9am-4:30pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Gymnasiums 5610 W. Lake St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 5610 W. Lake St. 12
Playgrounds 5610 W. Lake St. 1
Swimming Pools - Indoor 5610 W. Lake St. 0 Spring Season Pool Schedule
In 1865, businessman and real estate speculator Henry W. Austin created a lovely 280-acre subdivision in Cicero Township. Austin's development included wide, tree-lined streets and a small park, originally known as Holden Park. The township selected Austin as its seat of government, and in 1870 constructed a brick town hall building, with a cupola and eclectic details, in the center of Holden Park. In 1898, Austinites, having a majority on Cicero's town council, used political influence to allow the extension of the Lake Street elevated line into their community. This infuriated residents of other areas within Cicero Township, such as Oak Park and Berwyn, who retaliated the following year by holding a joint election to force Austin's annexation to the City of Chicago. Much to the dismay of local residents, this effort succeeded and Austin became part of Chicago in 1899. The city took over the Cicero Town Hall and began using it as a library and police station as well as for other public functions. The city transferred Holden Park to the West Park Commission in 1927. Because the old town hall had housed a branch library for several years, the West Park Commissioners agreed to the construction of a new public library in the park, designed by architect Alfred S. Alschuler. At the same time, the West Park Commission also built a fieldhouse for the newly renamed Austin Town Hall Park. The large brick Georgian Revival-style building was influenced by Philadelphia's Independence Hall. The structure was designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, who were also responsible for other notable buildings including the Garfield Park Gold Dome Building, the Humboldt and Douglas Park Fieldhouses, and the On Leong Chinese Merchant's Association Building in Chinatown. In 1934, Austin Town Hall Park became part of the Chicago Park District, when the city's 22 independent park commissions merged into a single citywide agency.

Contact: Joyce Edwards

Contact Title: President

Phone: (773) 378-4007

Email: onmyon2@ameritech.net

Meeting Date/Time: 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

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

 

 

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