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

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Austin Town Hall 177747Individual_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$9.00
Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 193578OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175570InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175568InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175571InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 17:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175569InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 175572InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/07 17:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 177225OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1pm
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 177226OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Austin Town Hall 177234InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00
Bitty Basketball at Austin Town Hall 193705InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$8.00
Checkers Club at Austin Town Hall 192916OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 176304InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Austin Town Hall 175991InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 175799OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 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
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 176932PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 17Female2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 177061InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$13.00
Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 175822OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 10, 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 175679InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175684InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175681InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175682InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/06 18:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175678InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 21:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175680InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 175683InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Austin Town Hall 177920InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$8.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 175837OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 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 - Spring at Austin Town Hall 176821InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/10 19:30From April 10, 2017 to June 23, 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 176294InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 177516InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 176869OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Spring Break Camp at Austin Town Hall 193704CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/04/10 15:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
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
$10.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 175853InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 176877OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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 Dance at Austin Town Hall 193703InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 175642InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 175643InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 175644InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Track & Field at Austin Town Hall 177815InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Track & Field at Austin Town Hall 177145InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0

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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.