Brands Park

  • 3259 N. Elston Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
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  • 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, 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 Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Fieldhouse

Brands Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

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Brands Football/Soccer

Brands Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Gymnasium

Brands Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Clubrooms

Brands Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Playground

Brands PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Tennis Courts

Brands Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Wood Shop

Brands Wood Shop

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 115942Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/08/14 23:00From August 14, 2015 to October 16, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$205.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Brands 116004InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/10 23:00From June 10, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Baseball Camp at Brands 131608CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/07/13 18:00From July 13, 2015 to July 24, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$35.00
Day Camp at Brands 116177CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$300.00
Early Bird Camp at Brands 131607CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$75.00
Extended Camp at Brands 116309CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$77.00
Gymnastics Camp at Brands 131646CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 18:00From June 29, 2015 to July 10, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$35.00
Gymnastics Camp at Brands 116592CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 18:00From June 29, 2015 to July 10, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$35.00
Play Camp at Brands 117495CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$110.00
Play Camp at Brands 117496CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/06/30 14:30From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
$26.00
Sports Camp at Brands 131647CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/07/27 18:00From July 27, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$35.00
Sports Camp at Brands 131648CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/07/27 18:00From July 27, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$35.00
T-Ball Camp at Brands 132457CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/07/13 18:00From July 13, 2015 to July 24, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$35.00
T-Ball Camp at Brands 117692CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/07/02 14:30From July 2, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$26.00

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