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.

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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

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 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
Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 202141OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:15From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 202156InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 202157InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 17:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 224236InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 202159InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 202160InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 202335OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/09/11 15:30From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$28.00
Basketball Skills at Austin Town Hall 202386InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00
Basketball Skills at Austin Town Hall 223868InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$8.00
Checkers Club at Austin Town Hall 223869OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 202631InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Austin Town Hall 202725InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Austin Town Hall 223867InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Austin Town Hall 202710InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 202818OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 2, 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
Flag Football at Austin Town Hall 202959InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 203028InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Inner City Flag Football at Austin Town Hall 224554InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to November 11, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Karate at Austin Town Hall 203171InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$13.00
Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 203284OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to January 6, 2018
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 203297InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 203303InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:15From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 203298InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 203302InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/14 18:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 203299InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 203301InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 203300InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 203543OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 19:30From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Austin Town Hall 203610InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:30From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 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
$23.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Austin Town Hall 203635Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:30From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$69.00
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 203719InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater14 and upCoed2017/09/12 00:00From September 11, 2017 to December 7, 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 203866InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 203949OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 204277InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to January 1, 2018
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 204308OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 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 Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 204389InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 204390InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Winter Break Camp at Austin Town Hall 208543CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 16:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Austin Town Hall 210274InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 20:30From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Austin Town Hall 216088InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/09 19:30From April 9, 2018 to June 22, 2018
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

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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.