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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
16" Softball League at Brands 193792Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/08/11 23:00From August 11, 2017 to October 13, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$225.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Brands 193875InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/14 23:00From June 14, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Day Camp at Brands 194053CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 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
$331.00
Early Bird Camp at Brands 194154CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 10am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 10am
$81.00
Extended Camp at Brands 194194CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$83.00
Gymnastics at Brands 199212InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/21 15:00From August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$40.00
Gymnastics Camp at Brands 194299CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 17:30From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$38.00
Play Camp at Brands 194636CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$118.00
Play Camp at Brands 194638CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 17:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$118.00
Play Camp at Brands 194637CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/06/27 14:30From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
$28.00
Sports Camp at Brands 194787CampsCamps - SportsAt least but less than 3Coed2017/06/29 14:30From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11am
$28.00
T-Ball at Brands 199211InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$40.00
T-Ball Camp at Brands 194831CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/29 17:30From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Brands 222115InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Art & ABCs at Brands 222112InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Arts & Crafts at Brands 222113InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$19.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 222116InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Basketball at Brands 222105InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Dino Diggers at Brands 222101InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Drawing & Painting at Brands 222114InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 202910InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$19.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 222098InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 17:15From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Football at Brands 202960InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Fun and Games at Brands 222110InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 17:15From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Kiddie College at Brands 203213InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 14:15From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 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
$130.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 222099InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 222100InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Nature Fun at Brands 222111InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 17:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Park Kids - Fall at Brands 203611InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:45From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 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
$192.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Brands 208761Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:45From September 5, 2017 to June 8, 2018$576.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 203919InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer - Open at Brands 222117OpenSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Soccer at Brands 224405InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Soccer at Brands 222104InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Storytime at Brands 204218InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/17 16:30From October 17, 2017 to November 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
$25.00
Stroller Fitness at Brands 222109InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/12 15:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Tap & Ballet at Brands 222153InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 18:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Team Tumbling at Brands 204293InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2017 to November 22, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Brands 224287InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$18.00
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Brands 222108InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 17:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Brands 222106InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 17:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 222107InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Volleyball at Brands 222103InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Yoga at Brands 204726InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/17 17:15From October 17, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$9.00
Young Scientist at Brands 222102InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00

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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.