Brands Park

  • 3259 N. Elston Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Teresa Wooldridge
  • Park Phone: (773) 478-2414

Located at Elston and Henderson in the Avondale community, Brands Park totals 5.27 acres and features a large gymnasium and couple clubrooms. Outdoors, the park features an ADA accessible playground, tennis and basketball courts and ballfields.

Brands Park is known for their Early Childhood Recreation, Basketball, and after-school programs.
 
Young park-goers can participate in activities such as, Cubs Care Baseball, Teen Club, Table Tennis, Indoor Soccer and Mightyfitkidz at the facility.  Brands Park offers summer fun, youth attend day camp, and enjoy the open green space and playground.

History

Brands Park bears the name of the German-American family that owned the site for many years. Formally established as a park in the 1920s, the property was used as a picnic grove for years before. The Brands grove had local notoriety as the site of many Clan-na-gael, Schwabenverein, and old settlers' picnics. Shortly after the 1917 formation of the River Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, residents of the Avondale neighborhood petitioned the new park board to purchase the Brands Picnic Grove site. Negotiations with the property owner proved difficult, and land acquisition was not completed until 1927. Improvements began in 1928, following plans developed by the Chicago Landscape Company. The new facilities included a playground; basketball, horse shoe, and tennis courts; and an athletic field that was flooded for ice skating in winter. These recreational features were set in an attractive landscape of lawn and trees. The River Park District adapted an existing building on the site for fieldhouse purposes. Shortly after the Chicago Park District took over Brands Park in 1934, Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld enlarged and remodeled the fieldhouse to include club, game, and shower rooms; a workshop; and a community hall. In the mid-1970s, the park district demolished the old brick structure, which had deteriorated significantly. In its place, the district built a new, larger fieldhouse, redesigning the surrounding landscape. More recent improvements included rehabilitating the playground, tennis courts, and plantings.

Parking/Directions

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

Brands Baseball Diamonds

Brands Baseball Diamonds

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Fieldhouse

Brands Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Hours: , , ,

Brands Football/Soccer

Brands Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Brands Gymnasium

Brands Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Clubrooms

Brands Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Playground

Brands PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Brands Tennis Courts

Brands Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
Kiddie College at Brands 163139InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$124.00
Park Kids - Fall at Brands 163575InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:45From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$183.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Brands 163602Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:45From September 13, 2016 to June 16, 2017$549.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 163899InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 163961InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Brands 169212InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 18:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$18.00
Arts & Crafts at Brands 169333InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 19:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$18.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 169399InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/01/10 19:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$18.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 169398InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$18.00
Basketball - Open at Brands 187467OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/19 00:30From January 18, 2017 to March 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$31.00
Basketball at Brands 169479InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Brands 169708InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$18.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Brands 187470InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/01/21 00:30From January 20, 2017 to March 3, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Drawing & Painting at Brands 187480InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 17:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$18.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 169947InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/17 22:00From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 169946InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$18.00
Golf at Brands 187475InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$18.00
Gymnastics at Brands 170085InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$18.00
Gymnastics at Brands 170084InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Kiddie College at Brands 170278InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 15:15From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 9:15am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 11:30am
$126.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 187477InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$31.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 170526InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 2y 11m Coed2017/01/12 16:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$18.00
Park Kids - Winter at Brands 170669InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$183.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 187474InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$18.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 170919InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer at Brands 171034InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$18.00
Soccer at Brands 189442InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$18.00
Storytime at Brands 171172InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$18.00
Tap & Ballet at Brands 171209InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/01/11 19:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$18.00
T-Ball at Brands 171187InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$18.00
Team Gymnastics at Brands 171226InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 171388InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 18:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$18.00
Volleyball at Brands 171533InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$18.00
Wrestling at Brands 170863InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Yoga at Brands 187464InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/17 00:30From January 16, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$31.00
Yoga at Brands 171608InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$18.00

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Located at Elston and Henderson in the Avondale community, Brands Park totals 5.27 acres and features a large gymnasium and couple clubrooms. Outdoors, the park features an ADA accessible playground, tennis and basketball courts and ballfields.

Brands Park is known for their Early Childhood Recreation, Basketball, and after-school programs.
 
Young park-goers can participate in activities such as, Cubs Care Baseball, Teen Club, Table Tennis, Indoor Soccer and Mightyfitkidz at the facility.  Brands Park offers summer fun, youth attend day camp, and enjoy the open green space and playground.
Brands Park bears the name of the German-American family that owned the site for many years. Formally established as a park in the 1920s, the property was used as a picnic grove for years before. The Brands grove had local notoriety as the site of many Clan-na-gael, Schwabenverein, and old settlers' picnics. Shortly after the 1917 formation of the River Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, residents of the Avondale neighborhood petitioned the new park board to purchase the Brands Picnic Grove site. Negotiations with the property owner proved difficult, and land acquisition was not completed until 1927. Improvements began in 1928, following plans developed by the Chicago Landscape Company. The new facilities included a playground; basketball, horse shoe, and tennis courts; and an athletic field that was flooded for ice skating in winter. These recreational features were set in an attractive landscape of lawn and trees. The River Park District adapted an existing building on the site for fieldhouse purposes. Shortly after the Chicago Park District took over Brands Park in 1934, Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld enlarged and remodeled the fieldhouse to include club, game, and shower rooms; a workshop; and a community hall. In the mid-1970s, the park district demolished the old brick structure, which had deteriorated significantly. In its place, the district built a new, larger fieldhouse, redesigning the surrounding landscape. More recent improvements included rehabilitating the playground, tennis courts, and plantings.

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