Austin Town Hall Park

  • 5610 W. Lake St.   Chicago, Illinois 60644 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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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.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

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

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration is on-going while spots are available.

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
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Austin TH 89329InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/15 17:00From 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 upCoed2014/09/17 17:00From 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 upCoed2014/09/16 23:45From 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 upCoed2014/09/18 23:45From 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 upCoed2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Austin Town Hall 90542OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2014/09/15 15:30From 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 - Open at Austin Town Hall 89553OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2014/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, September 26, 2014
$10.00
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 89552InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 23:00From September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
$5.00
Basketball at Austin Town Hall 89554InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2014/09/27 16:00From September 27, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$5.00
Bitty Basketball at Austin Town Hall 110389InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$5.00
Children's Theater at Austin Town Hall 89801InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall Cancelled111339InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Dance - Jazz at Austin Town Hall Cancelled111338InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$5.00
Flag Football at Austin Town Hall 89992InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$5.00
Girl Scouts at Austin Town Hall 90166InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 18Female2014/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Karate at Austin Town Hall 90317InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 50Coed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90432InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90438InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2014/09/16 18:15From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90433InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90437InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2014/09/18 17:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90434InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90436InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2014/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Austin Town Hall 90435InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Austin Town Hall 90804InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 19:30From September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$20.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Austin Town Hall 90825Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 19:30From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 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
$60.00
Play Production at Austin Town Hall 90880InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2014/09/16 00:00From 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
Recreational Tumbling at Austin Town Hall 110390InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
$0
Seasonal Sports at Austin Town Hall 91020InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2014/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Austin Town Hall 91103OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2014/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Soccer at Austin Town Hall 91203InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
$0
TEAM Sports at Austin Town Hall 91383InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 22:15From September 15, 2014 to January 2, 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 91417OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Austin Town Hall 91472InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 21:00From 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 6Coed2014/09/18 21:00From 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 6Coed2014/09/20 16:00From 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.

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.