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

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 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.

Hours: , ,

Austin Town Hall Fitness Center

Austin Town Hall Fitness Center

Location Notes: 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 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

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
Click on the program name links below to register now.

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
POST Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 130757OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 22:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
$0
POST Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 130759OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/29 16:15From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$0
POST Teen Swim at Austin Town Hall 130760OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/08/25 21:00From August 25, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Austin Town Hall 130761OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/08/24 18:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
POST Youth Swim at Austin Town Hall 132283OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 123775OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/14 18:15From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 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
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 122261InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 122262InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 122265InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 122266InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/17 23:45From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Austin TH 122267InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 122471OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2015 to November 19, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 122470OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 122513InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$6.00
Basketball Skills at Austin Town Hall 122514InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$6.00
Baton & Pom Pom at Austin Town Hall 148259InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Austin Town Hall 122677InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$6.00
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 122759InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall 122818InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall 147909InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$10.00
Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 122906OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/14 23:45From September 14, 2015 to December 5, 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
$0
Football at Austin Town Hall 122967InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$6.00
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 123151PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/09/17 23:00From September 17, 2015 to November 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 123311InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense6 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 123437OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/15 22:15From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 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 123451InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 123457InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/09/15 18:15From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 123452InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 123456InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 123453InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 123455InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 123454InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 123776OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/14 19:30From September 14, 2015 to December 5, 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
$0
Park Kids - Fall Session at Austin Town Hall 123856InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 19:30From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 2015
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
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
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 123951InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater14 and upCoed2015/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$11.00
PRE Adult Swim at Austin Town Hall 148464OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/08 18:15From September 8, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
PRE Family Swim at Austin Town Hall 148463OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/09 23:45From September 9, 2015 to September 12, 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
$0
PRE Lap Swim at Austin Town Hall 148465OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/08 22:15From September 8, 2015 to September 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$40.00
PRE Open Swim at Austin Town Hall 148466OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/08 19:30From September 8, 2015 to September 12, 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
$0
PRE Parent and Tot Swim at Austin Town Hall 148469OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/09/10 21:00From September 10, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Austin Town Hall 148467OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/09 21:00From September 9, 2015 to September 12, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Austin Town Hall 124016InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 124110InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2015/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 124205OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2015/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Soccer at Austin Town Hall 124292InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Tap & Jazz at Austin Town Hall 147910InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$10.00
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 124463InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/11 22:15From September 11, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Teen Club at Austin Town Hall 124493OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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 124550InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 124551InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$32.00

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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.

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.