Austin Town Hall Park

  • 5610 W. Lake St.   Chicago, Illinois 60644 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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.

Embrace

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Location Notes: Austin Town Hall Cultural Center

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 Playground

Location Notes: 5610 W. Lake St.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Events

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Austin Town Hall 123877Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 19:30From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 2016
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
$63.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 133633OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/01/05 19:15From January 5, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 133654InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/04 18:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 133656InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 151318InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 133655InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 151319InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/08 00:15From January 5, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 133862OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 150985OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 133906InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 15Male2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$6.00
Bitty Basketball at Austin Town Hall 150209InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$6.00
Cardio Line Dance at Austin Town Hall 150216InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Checkers Club at Austin Town Hall 150984OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at Austin Town Hall 150214InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 134188InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Austin Town Hall 150215InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$10.00
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall 150211InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 134352OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/01/05 00:15From January 4, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 4:15pm
$0
Flag Football at Austin Town Hall 134396InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 134525InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 18Female2016/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 134834InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 150212InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/05 19:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 134835InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 134838InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/07 19:15From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 134836InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 134833InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 134837InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Austin Town Hall 150213InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 135092OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/01/04 20:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
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 - Winter Session at Austin Town Hall 135168InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 20:30From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 2016
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 135232InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater14 and upCoed2016/01/05 01:00From January 4, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$11.00
Recreational Tumbling at Austin Town Hall 135313InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 135378InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Self Defense at Austin Town Hall 135473InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50Coed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 25, 2016
$11.00
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 135476OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/04 19:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Soccer at Austin Town Hall 135561InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Sports Conditioning - Basketball at Austin TH 150986InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Tap & Jazz at Austin Town Hall 150210InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$10.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 135743InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 150208InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2016 to March 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 135744InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2016/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2016 to March 25, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 135771OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 24, 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
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 135831InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 151317InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 135830InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Austin Town Hall 139880Individual_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$7.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 139944InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/28 17:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 139942InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:15From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 153656InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 139943InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 153657InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 140183OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/03/28 15:30From March 28, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1pm
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 140236OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Austin Town Hall 153140InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/03/28 23:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$6.00
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 140417InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Austin Town Hall 154223InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Dream Girls Mentoring Program at Austin Town Hall 153813InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 140562OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/03/28 23:15From March 28, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 4:15pm
$0
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 140717PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 17Female2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 140840InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 60Coed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$11.00
Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 140955OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to June 4, 2016
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 140967InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 153653InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/03/29 18:15From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 140969InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 140970InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/03/31 18:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 140966InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 140968InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 140971InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Austin Town Hall 141092InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 141228OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/03/28 19:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Austin Town Hall 141318InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/04 19:30From April 4, 2016 to June 17, 2016
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 141384InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2016/03/29 00:00From March 28, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$11.00
Recreational Tumbling at Austin Town Hall 153811InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$7.00
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 141591InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 141684OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/03/28 17:30From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
T-Ball at Austin Town Hall 141938InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$11.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 142007InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 142032OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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 153655InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 142106InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 142105InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Track & Field at Austin Town Hall 142208InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$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.