Austin Town Hall Park

  • 5610 W. Lake St.   Chicago, Illinois 60644 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Tebrena Howard
  • Park Phone: (773) 287-7658
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Located in the Austin community, Austin Town Hall Park and Cultural Center totals 3.17 acres. The park features a a field house with an indoor swimming pool, two kitchens, a gymnasium, a performance theater/auditorium and a fitness center. Outside, the park offers a basketball court and children’s playground. 

Majestic in design, the Austin Town Hall Park Cultural Center was once the town hall of the Village of Cicero, Illinois. Today, the space is used for park activities include a variet of dance, music and theater classes. Many of these spaces in the Cultural Center and on the park grounds are available for rent for activities such as theatre productions, family reunions or community meetings.

After school programs are offered throughout the school year at Austin Town Hall Park, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the fall and spring, and recreational opportunities are also available 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, including gym showcases, children's theater productions, dance recitals, Earth Day celebrations and other Night Out in the Parks special events. 

History

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.

Parking/Directions

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

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Location Notes: Austin Town Hall Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Austin Town Hall Basketball

Austin Town Hall Basketball

Location Notes: 5610 W. Lake St.

Austin Town Hall Cultural Center

Austin Town Hall Cultural Center

Location Notes: 5610 W. Lake St.

Austin Town Hall Fieldhouse

Austin Town Hall Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5610 W. Lake St.

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Austin Town Hall Gymnasium

Austin Town Hall Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5610 W. Lake St.

Austin Town Hall Auditorium & Clubrooms

Austin Town Hall Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 5610 W. Lake St.

Austin Town Hall Playground

Austin Town Hall PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

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Events

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 2017.

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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Austin Town Hall 163594Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$66.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Austin Town Hall 177747Individual_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$9.00
Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 193578OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175570InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175568InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175571InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 17:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175569InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175572InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 177225OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1pm
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 177226OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Austin Town Hall 177234InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00
Bitty Basketball at Austin Town Hall 193705InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$8.00
Checkers Club at Austin Town Hall 192916OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 176304InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Austin Town Hall 175991InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 175799OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 4:15pm
$0
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 176932PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 177061InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$13.00
Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 175822OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175679InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175684InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175681InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175682InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/06 18:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175678InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175680InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175683InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 175837OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Austin Town Hall 176821InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 19:30From April 10, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$22.00
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 176294InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 177516InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 176869OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 175853InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 176877OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Dance at Austin Town Hall 193703InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 175642InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 175643InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 175644InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Track & Field at Austin Town Hall 177815InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Track & Field at Austin Town Hall 177145InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 193796OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 21:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 200102OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 23:30From June 19, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 193892OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/12 15:00From June 12, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$28.00
Clubhouse Camp at Austin Town Hall 200103CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$200.00
Cultural Camp at Austin Town Hall 194020CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$64.00
Day Camp at Austin Town Hall 194048CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$200.00
Early Bird Camp at Austin Town Hall 194153CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$48.00
Extended Camp at Austin Town Hall 194191CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$48.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 194220OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Karate at Austin Town Hall 194334InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50Coed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$13.00
Leadership Camp at Austin Town Hall 199107CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$0
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 194409InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 194408InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 21:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 194407InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 15:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 198640InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Play Camp at Austin Town Hall 194633CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$91.00
Play Camp at Austin Town Hall 194634CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 18:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$91.00
Sports Camp at Austin Town Hall 194363CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$64.00
Teen Camp at Austin Town Hall 194864CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$200.00
Youth Swim Female at Austin Town Hall 195086OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/06/19 20:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:15pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Austin Town Hall 195088OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2017/06/19 19:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$0

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Located in the Austin community, Austin Town Hall Park and Cultural Center totals 3.17 acres. The park features a a field house with an indoor swimming pool, two kitchens, a gymnasium, a performance theater/auditorium and a fitness center. Outside, the park offers a basketball court and children’s playground. 

Majestic in design, the Austin Town Hall Park Cultural Center was once the town hall of the Village of Cicero, Illinois. Today, the space is used for park activities include a variet of dance, music and theater classes. Many of these spaces in the Cultural Center and on the park grounds are available for rent for activities such as theatre productions, family reunions or community meetings.

After school programs are offered throughout the school year at Austin Town Hall Park, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the fall and spring, and recreational opportunities are also available 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, including gym showcases, children's theater productions, dance recitals, Earth Day celebrations and other Night Out in the Parks special events. 

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.

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