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
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Located in the Austin community, Austin Town Hall Park and Cultural Center totals 3.17 acres. The park houses a field house and features an indoor swimming pool, two kitchens, a gymnasium, a performance theater/auditorium and a fitness center.

Majestic in design, the Cultural 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 rent for activities such as theatre productions or community meetings.

On the cultural side, Austin Town Hall Park 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, and recreational opportunities are also available 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, including 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.

Embrace

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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.

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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 PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 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 162022OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:15From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 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 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 162036InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 162037InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 17:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 162040InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 162041InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 162042InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 162246OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$27.00
Basketball - Teen League at Austin Town Hall 162245Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 162286InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$7.00
Bitty Basketball at Austin Town Hall 162464InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$10.00
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 162554InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall 162624InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Dance - Tap at Austin Town Hall 164284InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 162721OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/19 23:45From September 19, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Football at Austin Town Hall 162872InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$7.00
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 162949InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 18Female2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$12.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 163097InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$12.00
Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 163219OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:15From September 20, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 163235InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 163241InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 163236InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 163240InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 163237InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 163239InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 163238InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 163495OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/19 19:30From September 19, 2016 to December 10, 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 Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Austin Town Hall 163574InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 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
$22.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Austin Town Hall 163594Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$66.00
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 163677InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater14 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$12.00
Recreational Tumbling at Austin Town Hall 163808InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 163897InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 163990OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Soccer at Austin Town Hall 185136InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$7.00
Soccer at Austin Town Hall 164073InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$7.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 164297InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:15From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 164331OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 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 164400InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 164401InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00

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Located in the Austin community, Austin Town Hall Park and Cultural Center totals 3.17 acres. The park houses a field house and features an indoor swimming pool, two kitchens, a gymnasium, a performance theater/auditorium and a fitness center.

Majestic in design, the Cultural 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 rent for activities such as theatre productions or community meetings.

On the cultural side, Austin Town Hall Park 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, and recreational opportunities are also available 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, including 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.