Austin Town Hall Park

  • 5610 W. Lake St.   Chicago, Illinois 60644 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Tebrena Howard
  • Park Phone: (773) 287-7658

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.

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

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Embrace

Embrace (1)

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.

Hours: , ,

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

Events

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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 154331OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 154426OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$27.00
Cultural Camp at Austin Town Hall 154562CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$61.00
Day Camp at Austin Town Hall 154594CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$190.00
Early Bird Camp at Austin Town Hall 154699CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$46.00
Extended Camp at Austin Town Hall 154735CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$46.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 154760OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 20:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Flag Football at Austin Town Hall 154835InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 16Male2016/07/05 23:15From July 5, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
$12.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 154899InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50Coed2016/06/25 23:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$12.00
Late Summer Camp at Austin Town Hall 154933CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$61.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 154973InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 154974InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/22 21:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 154972InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/24 21:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 154971InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 159798OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 16:15From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 1pm
$0
Play Camp at Austin Town Hall 155205CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$87.00
Play Camp at Austin Town Hall 155206CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 19:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$87.00
Teen Camp at Austin Town Hall 155683CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$184.00
Teen Swim at Austin Town Hall 155724OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2016/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Swim at Austin Town Hall 155725OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/06/25 18:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at Austin Town Hall 160108OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 18:30From June 21, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Youth Swim Female at Austin Town Hall 155879OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/06/20 19:45From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Austin Town Hall 155878OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2016/06/20 18:30From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0

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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.

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.