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.

Descriptors: Grass

Brands Gymnasium

Brands Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Clubrooms

Brands Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Brands Playground

Brands PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Brands Tennis Courts

Brands Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 3259 N. Elston Ave.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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
Acting at Brands 222115InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Art & ABCs at Brands Cancelled222112InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Arts & Crafts at Brands 222113InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$19.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 222116InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Basketball at Brands 222105InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Dino Diggers at Brands 222101InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Drawing & Painting at Brands 222114InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Football at Brands 202960InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Fun and Games at Brands 222110InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 17:15From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Kiddie College at Brands 203213InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 14:15From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
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
$130.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands Cancelled222099InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 222100InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Nature Fun at Brands 222111InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 17:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Park Kids - Fall at Brands 203611InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:45From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 2017
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
$192.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Brands 208761Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:45From September 5, 2017 to June 8, 2018$576.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 203919InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer - Open at Brands 222117OpenSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Soccer at Brands 222104InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Soccer at Brands 224405InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 18:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Tap & Ballet at Brands 222153InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 18:45From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Brands 224287InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$18.00
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Brands 222108InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 17:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Brands 222106InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 17:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 222107InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Volleyball at Brands 222103InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Young Scientist at Brands 222102InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:45From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Brands 208875InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Arts & Crafts at Brands 208997InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$19.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 209050InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2018/01/09 18:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Basketball at Brands 209132InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 19:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$14.00
Bitty Basketball at Brands 226433InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Dino Diggers at Brands 226425InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 17:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Flag Football at Brands 226432InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Flag Football at Brands 227704InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 209589InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 18:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$14.00
Fun and Games at Brands 226441InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 18:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Golf at Brands 226437InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 17:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$19.00
Gymnastics at Brands 209724InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Junior Detectives at Brands 226439InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 19:45From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Kiddie College at Brands 209893InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 15:15From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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
$132.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Brands 226438InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 18:15From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 210149InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 2y 11m Coed2018/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Park Kids - Winter at Brands 210275InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 20:45From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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
$192.00
Science of Superheroes at Brands 226440InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 226436InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$19.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 226435InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$20.00
Soccer at Brands 210614InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:45From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Storytime at Brands 210765InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Tap & Ballet at Brands 210806InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2018/01/11 19:45From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
T-Ball at Brands 210788InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 18:15From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Brands 226427InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 18:15From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Brands 209365InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 18:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Brands 226429InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 18:15From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 211000InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:45From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Tot Center at Brands 226509OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationLess than 6Coed2018/01/08 15:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 9:30am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 5pm
$20.00
Volleyball at Brands 211085InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 18:15From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$19.00
Yoga at Brands 211155InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 19:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$19.00
Young Scientist at Brands 226431InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$19.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Brands 216089InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 19:45From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$192.00

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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.