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.

Brands Gymnasium

Brands Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Clubrooms

Brands Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Playground

Brands PlaygroundAccessible

Brands Tennis Courts

Brands Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

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 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Brands 133626InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 18:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$16.00
Arts & Crafts at Brands 149974InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 19:45From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 133827InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/01/05 19:45From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 133826InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Basketball at Brands 133915InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Brands 149971InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 134405InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 149967InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Gymnastics at Brands 149972InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Gymnastics at Brands 134544InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Kiddie College at Brands 134748InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 15:15From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
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 135012InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 2y 11m Coed2016/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$16.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Brands 135169InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 20:45From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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
$179.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 135380InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 135445InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer at Brands 135562InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 19:45From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Storytime at Brands 135672InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
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 149973InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/01/06 19:45From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
T-Ball at Brands 135691InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Team Gymnastics at Brands 135724InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 135881InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 18:15From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$16.00
Volleyball at Brands 136038InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 19:45From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Yoga at Brands 149970InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 18:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$16.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Brands 153251Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/04/19 23:00From April 19, 2016 to June 14, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$205.00
Acting at Brands 139921InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 17:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$17.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 140116InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 18:45From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$17.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 140115InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 18:45From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$17.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 140117InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Basketball at Brands 140240InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 18:45From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$17.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Brands 140401InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Drawing & Painting at Brands 153252InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$17.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 140622InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 18:45From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$17.00
Golf at Brands 140723InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 18:45From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$17.00
Gymnastics at Brands 140746InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Gymnastics at Brands 140745InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$17.00
Kiddie College at Brands 140879InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 14:15From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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
$114.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 141141InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2016/03/31 15:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$17.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Brands 141319InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 19:45From March 28, 2016 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
$179.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 141593InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 141650InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer at Brands 153360InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Soccer at Brands 141779InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$17.00
Storybook Adventures at Brands 141915InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 16:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$17.00
Tap & Ballet at Brands 141981InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/03/29 18:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$17.00
T-Ball at Brands 141939InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 18:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$17.00
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Brands 142078InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 18:45From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$17.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 142155InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 17:15From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$17.00
Track & Field at Brands 142214InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$17.00
Yoga at Brands 153985InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 17:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$17.00

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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.