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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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

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Winter Break Camp at Austin Town Hall 188565CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/27 16:00From December 27, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 169218OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 169233InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 169234InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 18:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 169235InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 169240InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 169241InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 169429OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 169430OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 187400InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00
Bitty Basketball at Austin Town Hall 169627InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$8.00
Checkers Club at Austin Town Hall 169706OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 169732InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Austin Town Hall 169776InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall 169789InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 169882OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 4:15pm
$0
Football at Austin Town Hall 169935InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 170059InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$13.00
Inner City Basketball at Austin Town Hall 187399Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Karate at Austin Town Hall 170946InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$13.00
Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 186934OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to April 1, 2017
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 170362InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 170367InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 170363InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 170366InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 170364InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 170361InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 170365InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 170598OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/09 20:15From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Austin Town Hall 170668InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
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
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 170739InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater14 and upCoed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$13.00
Recreational Tumbling at Austin Town Hall 170811InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$8.00
Samba Fit at Austin Town Hall 169690InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/18 01:00From January 17, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 170859InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 170948OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Soccer at Austin Town Hall 171033InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$7.00
Tap & Ballet at Austin Town Hall 171224InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 171244InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 27, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 171245InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 171272OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 09:00From January 9, 2017 to March 30, 2017
Each Monday from 3am to 6am
Each Tuesday from 3am to 6am
Each Wednesday from 3am to 6am
Each Thursday from 3am to 6am
Each Friday from 3am to 6am
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 171338InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 171339InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 171337InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$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.