Brands Park

  • 3259 N. Elston Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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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.  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.
Click on the program name links below to register now.

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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Brands 147390InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 17:15From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$16.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 122433InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/22 18:00From September 22, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 122434InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 18:00From September 17, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 147394InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Flag Football at Brands 122969InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 123013InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 18:00From September 17, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Golf at Brands 123155InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 18:45From September 16, 2015 to November 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Gymnastics at Brands 147395InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 18:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Kickball at Brands 147393InstructionSports - KickballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Kiddie College at Brands 123361InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 14:15From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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
$122.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 123680InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 2y 11m Coed2015/09/17 15:30From September 17, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$21.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Brands 123857InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 19:45From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 2015
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
$179.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Brands 123884Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 19:45From September 8, 2015 to June 10, 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
$537.00
Recreational Tumbling at Brands 124019InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 124114InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 124176InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer at Brands 124296InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Storybook Adventures at Brands 147389InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$16.00
Tap & Ballet at Brands 147391InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/09/16 18:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
T-Ball at Brands 124424InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 18:45From September 15, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Team Tumbling at Brands 124481InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to November 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Brands 124526InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Brands 147392InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 18:45From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 124600InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 17:15From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$16.00
Track & Field at Brands 124664InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 18:45From September 17, 2015 to November 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Yoga at Brands 147396InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 17:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$16.00

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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.