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

Events

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 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
Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 116982OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/15 22:15From June 15, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 116020OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/15 15:00From June 15, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$26.00
Cultural Camp at Austin Town Hall 117648CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$60.00
Day Camp at Austin Town Hall 116172CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$180.00
Early Bird Camp at Austin Town Hall 116272CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$45.00
Extended Camp at Austin Town Hall 116306CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$45.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 116340OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/20 16:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$0
Football at Austin Town Hall 116560InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2015/06/30 23:15From June 30, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 8:15pm
$11.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 116633InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50Coed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
$11.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 116633InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50Coed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
$11.00
Late Summer Camp at Austin Town Hall 132002CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$60.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 116764InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/15 21:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 116765InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/17 21:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 116763InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 116762InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/27 15:00From June 27, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Play Camp at Austin Town Hall 117490CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$85.00
Play Camp at Austin Town Hall 117491CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 19:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$85.00
POST Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 130757OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 22:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
POST Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 130759OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/29 16:15From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$0
POST Teen Swim at Austin Town Hall 130760OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/08/25 21:00From August 25, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Austin Town Hall 130761OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/08/24 18:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
POST Youth Swim at Austin Town Hall 132283OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
$0
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 131444InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/07/01 23:15From July 1, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Camp at Austin Town Hall 117721CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$180.00
Teen Swim at Austin Town Hall 116976OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Teen Swim at Austin Town Hall 116979OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at Austin Town Hall 116964OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/06/15 18:45From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$0
Youth Swim at Austin Town Hall 116970OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2015/06/15 19:45From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$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.