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.

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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

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 89329InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 89330InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at AustinTownHall 89332InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:45From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at AustinTownHall 89333InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/18 23:45From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at AustinTownHall 89334InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Bitty Basketball at Austin Town Hall 110389InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$5.00
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall Cancelled111339InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall Cancelled111338InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$5.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 90317InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50Coed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90432InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90438InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2014/09/16 18:15From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90433InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90437InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2014/09/18 17:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90434InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90436InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2014/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90435InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Austin Town Hall 90804InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 19:30From September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$20.00
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
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 90880InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2014/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Austin Town Hall 110390InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 91103OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2014/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 91383InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 22:15From September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 91417OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 91472InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 91473InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 91474InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 112480InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:45From January 6, 2015 to March 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 95841InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 96000OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$25.00
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 95999InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14Male2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$5.00
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 96283InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Flag Football at Austin Town Hall 114690InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 96663InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 96967InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 96968InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 96971InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 96969InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 96966InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 96970InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Austin Town Hall 97454InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$20.00
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 97514InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Austin Town Hall 112837InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 97658InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Self Defense at Austin Town Hall 96836InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 97764OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Soccer at Austin Town Hall 112838InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Sports Conditioning at Austin Town Hall 114693InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 98017InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 98018InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 98043OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 26, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 98130InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 98129InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00

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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.