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

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

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

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 Fitness Center

Austin Town Hall Fitness Center

Location Notes: 5610 W. Lake St.

Notes: M-F, 10am-8:30pm, Sat. 9am-4:30pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

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 Playground

Location Notes: 5610 W. Lake St.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

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.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Austin Town Hall 90825Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 19:30From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$60.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 131913InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 102403InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 102440InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 102630OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/04/02 15:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1pm
$26.00
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 102686InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$6.00
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 102394InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 102980OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall Cancelled122155OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$0
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 103139InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/04/02 23:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 103251InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 60Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 122167OpenAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 103391InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 103393InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 103394InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 103390InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 103392InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Austin Town Hall 129652InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 103676OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Painting at Austin Town Hall 102961InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Austin Town Hall 103772InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/06 19:30From April 6, 2015 to June 12, 2015
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
$21.00
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 103837InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 104025InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 104063OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Soccer at Austin Town Hall 129649InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
T-Ball at Austin Town Hall 122173InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$11.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 104363InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall Cancelled130102InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 104384OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 130101InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 22:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 104442InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Track & Field at Austin Town Hall 129654InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Volleyball at Austin Town Hall 129646InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Youth Swim at Austin Town Hall 103677OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$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.