Austin Town Hall Park

  • 5610 W. Lake St.   Chicago, Illinois 60644 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Tebrena Howard
  • 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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Austin Town Hall Basketball

Austin Town Hall Basketball

Location: 5610 W. Lake St.

Austin Town Hall Cultural Center

Austin Town Hall Cultural Center

Location: 5610 W. Lake St.

Austin Town Hall Fieldhouse

Austin Town Hall Fieldhouse

Location: 5610 W. Lake St.

Austin Town Hall Fitness Center

Austin Town Hall Fitness Center

Location: 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: 5610 W. Lake St.

Austin Town Hall Auditorium & Clubrooms

Austin Town Hall Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location: 5610 W. Lake St.

Austin Town Hall Playground

Austin Town Hall Playground

Location: 5610 W. Lake St.

Events

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 80814OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom June 9, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$25.00
Day Camp at Austin Town Hall 80937CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$174.00
Early Bird Camp at Austin Town Hall 81040CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$40.00
Extended Camp at Austin Town Hall 81078CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$40.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 87300OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 4:45pm
Free
Football at Austin Town Hall 81134InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13MaleFrom June 17, 2014 to August 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 8pm
$10.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 81214InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$10.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 81257InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 25, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 81258InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 81256InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 81255InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 87293OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12FemaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 87295OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12MaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 87299OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to August 30, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 87296OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17FemaleFrom June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 87297OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17MaleFrom June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Free
Play Camp at Austin Town Hall 81439CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$80.00
Play Camp at Austin Town Hall 81440CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$80.00
Sports Camp at Austin Town Hall 81575CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
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
$20.00
Teen Camp at Austin Town Hall 81640CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$174.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 89329InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 90542OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$25.00
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 89553OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Austin Town Hall 110389InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$5.00
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall 111338InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 12 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$5.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 111772OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Free
Karate at Austin Town Hall 90317InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 111773OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to January 1, 2015
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 90438InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90437InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90436InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 111771OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
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
Free
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 111770OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
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
Free
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 90880InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoedFrom 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
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 91103OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Free
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 91417OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 91472InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Basketball Court - Outdoor 5610 W. Lake St. 2
Cultural Centers 5610 W. Lake St. 1
Fieldhouse 5610 W. Lake St. 0
Fitness Centers 5610 W. Lake St. 1 M-F, 10am-8:30pm, Sat. 9am-4:30pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Gymnasiums 5610 W. Lake St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 5610 W. Lake St. 12
Playgrounds 5610 W. Lake St. 1
Swimming Pools 5610 W. Lake St. 0
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.