Brainerd Park

  • 1246 W. 92nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60620 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: John Ball
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6027

Located in the Washington Heights community area, Brainerd Park totals 8.23 acres and features a gymnasium, and four multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include a front entrance flower bed. Outside, the parks offers four baseball fields, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, a spray pool, playground, football/soccer field. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, and Senior and Teen Clubs. After school 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 summer as well, and include Teen Camp and Basketball Camp.

In addition to programs, Brainerd Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Holiday Festival, and Picnic in the Park.

History

During the decade between 1920 and 1930, the population of the fashionable Beverly community area grew by nearly 80%. To meet the area's increasing recreational needs, the Ridge Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, began to develop a new park in Beverly's Brainerd neighborhood. In 1932, the Ridge Park District attempted to purchase some Chicago Board of Education property in the neighborhood. The board of education was agreeable and the Ridge Park District quickly authorized the purchase of benches and a back-stop for the site, however, financial difficulties delayed the transaction. By the time the Chicago Park District was created in 1934, the Ridge Park District had made only an initial down payment on the property. Three years later, in 1937, a delegation from the Brainerd Improvement Association approached the Chicago Park District commissioners, urging them to acquire and develop the park. The Chicago Park District finalized the land purchase the following year. The Chicago Park District quickly began improvements, installing outdoor athletic facilities and constructing a small fieldhouse. In the 1970s, a larger fieldhouse took the place of the original. The Brainerd Park name derives from that of Mr. Brainerd, one of five founders of the Rock Island Railroad for whom Beverly area streets were named. Though Brainerd Street became 91st Street when the City of Chicago annexed the northern portion of Beverly in 1890, the neighborhood designation survived, and was passed on to this park.

Parking/Directions

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

Brainerd Baseball / Softball Fields

Brainerd Baseball / Softball Fields

Location Notes: 1246 W. 92nd St.

Brainerd Basketball Courts - Outdoor

Brainerd Basketball Courts - Outdoor

Location Notes: 1246 W. 92nd St.

Brainerd Fieldhouse

Brainerd Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1246 W. 92nd St.

Hours: , ,

Brainerd Football / Soccer - Grass

Brainerd Football / Soccer - Grass

Location Notes: 1246 W. 92nd St.

Brainerd Meeting Rooms/Assembly Halls

Brainerd Meeting Rooms/Assembly Halls

Location Notes: 1246 W. 92nd St.

Brainerd Playground

Brainerd PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 1246 W. 92nd St.

Brainerd Tennis Courts

Brainerd Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 1246 W. 92nd St.

Brainerd Water Spray Features

Brainerd Water Spray Features

Location Notes: 1246 W. 92nd St.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Brainerd 127429Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/01 20:00From September 1, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$231.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Brainerd 136569OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1:30pm
$44.00
Basketball at Brainerd 150824InstructionSports - Basketball25 and upCoed2016/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 11:30am
$20.00
Basketball Camp at Brainerd 136769CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$21.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Brainerd 137035InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 11Female2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$3.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Brainerd 137143InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Family Club at Brainerd 137275OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 2 but less than 15Coed2016/01/04 18:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Brainerd 137398InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$0
Fun and Games at Brainerd 149936InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 18:30From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$0
Fun and Games at Brainerd 137399InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Brainerd 138361InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 25, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$77.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brainerd 150024InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Brainerd 138708InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Brainerd 138779OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$2.00
Teen Club at Brainerd 139141OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$3.00
Teen Club at Brainerd 139140OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$3.00
Teen Leadership Club at Brainerd 139185InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0

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Description

Located in the Washington Heights community area, Brainerd Park totals 8.23 acres and features a gymnasium, and four multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include a front entrance flower bed. Outside, the parks offers four baseball fields, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, a spray pool, playground, football/soccer field. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, seasonal sports, and Senior and Teen Clubs. After school 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 summer as well, and include Teen Camp and Basketball Camp.

In addition to programs, Brainerd Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Holiday Festival, and Picnic in the Park.

During the decade between 1920 and 1930, the population of the fashionable Beverly community area grew by nearly 80%. To meet the area's increasing recreational needs, the Ridge Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, began to develop a new park in Beverly's Brainerd neighborhood. In 1932, the Ridge Park District attempted to purchase some Chicago Board of Education property in the neighborhood. The board of education was agreeable and the Ridge Park District quickly authorized the purchase of benches and a back-stop for the site, however, financial difficulties delayed the transaction. By the time the Chicago Park District was created in 1934, the Ridge Park District had made only an initial down payment on the property. Three years later, in 1937, a delegation from the Brainerd Improvement Association approached the Chicago Park District commissioners, urging them to acquire and develop the park. The Chicago Park District finalized the land purchase the following year. The Chicago Park District quickly began improvements, installing outdoor athletic facilities and constructing a small fieldhouse. In the 1970s, a larger fieldhouse took the place of the original. The Brainerd Park name derives from that of Mr. Brainerd, one of five founders of the Rock Island Railroad for whom Beverly area streets were named. Though Brainerd Street became 91st Street when the City of Chicago annexed the northern portion of Beverly in 1890, the neighborhood designation survived, and was passed on to this park.

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