Brands Park

  • 3259 N. Elston Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
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  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: Park: 6am - 11pm
  • Park Supervisor: Teresa Wooldridge
  • Phone: (773) 478-2414

Located at Elston and Henderson in the Avondale community, Brands Park totals 5.27 acres and features a large gymnasium, clubrooms and a woodshop. Outdoors, the park features a new 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: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Fieldhouse

Brands Fieldhouse

Location: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Football/Soccer

Brands Football/Soccer

Location: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Gymnasium

Brands Gymnasium

Location: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Clubrooms

Brands Clubrooms

Location: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Playground

Brands PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Tennis Courts

Brands Tennis Courts

Location: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Wood Shop

Brands Wood Shop

Location: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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 80742Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom August 1, 2014 to October 17, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$200.00
16" Softball League at Brands 80742Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom August 1, 2014 to October 17, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$200.00
16" Softball League at Brands 80742Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom August 1, 2014 to October 17, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$200.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Brands 80799InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 4, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Free
Day Camp at Brands 80943CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$293.00
Extended Camp at Brands 86061CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$75.00
Gymnastics Camp at Brands 81165CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 29, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
$25.00
Play Camp at Brands 81444CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$105.00
Play Camp at Brands 81443CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$105.00
Play Camp at Brands 81445CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 29, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Play Camp at Brands 86060CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 2y 11m CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
T-Ball Camp at Brands 81610CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
$25.00
Teen Camp at Brands 81641CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Free
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Brands 89313Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom August 15, 2014 to September 26, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$200.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 110132InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 23, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 111251InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Conditioning at Brands 89804InstructionWellness - Fitness55 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Free
Conditioning at Brands 111260InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Brands 111261InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Dino Diggers at Brands 110134InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Dodgeball - Open at Brands 89878OpenSports - Dodgeball18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 7:30am to 8:30am
$25.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 111259InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Golf at Brands 111247InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Kickball at Brands 111255InstructionSports - KickballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Brands 90356InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$120.00
Mighty Munchkins at Brands 110133InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 111249InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 2y 11m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 111248InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 2y 11m CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$20.00
Soccer - Open at Brands 111246OpenSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Free
Soccer at Brands 111253InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
T-Ball at Brands 111250InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Brands 91551InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6FemaleFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Brands 111254InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 110131InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Track & Field at Brands 111258InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Weight Training at Brands 91419InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Woodcraft at Brands 91746InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Brands 91745InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6:15pm
$35.00
Yoga at Brands 111257InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Brands 111256InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$20.00

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Description

Located at Elston and Henderson in the Avondale community, Brands Park totals 5.27 acres and features a large gymnasium, clubrooms and a woodshop. Outdoors, the park features a new 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.
 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 3259 N. Elston Ave. 3
Fieldhouse 3259 N. Elston Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 3259 N. Elston Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 3259 N. Elston Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 3259 N. Elston Ave. 1
Playgrounds 3259 N. Elston Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 3259 N. Elston Ave. 2
Woodshops 3259 N. Elston Ave. 1
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.