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, 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.

Hours: , , ,

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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

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.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Brands 90829Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:45From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 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
$525.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Brands 121714InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 16:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$16.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 102569InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 18:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 121706InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 121711InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Basketball at Brands 121721InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 18:45From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Brands 121718InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 121719InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Fun and Games at Brands 103077InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Golf at Brands 103146InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 18:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Gymnastics at Brands 121722InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Gymnastics at Brands 103166InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 16:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$16.00
Kiddie College at Brands 103293InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 14:15From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 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
$112.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 121713InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/04/02 15:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$16.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Brands 103773InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 19:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$171.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 104029InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 103960InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer at Brands 121715InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Storybook Adventures at Brands 121717InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 17:15From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$16.00
Tap & Ballet at Brands 121716InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/04/01 15:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$16.00
T-Ball at Brands 104300InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$16.00
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Brands 104425InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 18:45From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 104488InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Track & Field at Brands 121720InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Brands 121705InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 18:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Brands 121703InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Brands 121704InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/03/31 21:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6:15pm
$36.00
Yoga/Pilates at Brands 121723InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 18 but less than 65Coed2015/04/02 14:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$21.00

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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.
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.