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.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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
Arts & Crafts at Brands 89413InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 110132InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 111251InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 16:30From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Conditioning at Brands 89804InstructionWellness - Fitness55 and upCoed2014/09/16 15:15From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Conditioning at Brands 111260InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 18:45From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Brands 111261InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 18:45From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Dino Diggers at Brands 110134InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 18:45From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Flag Football at Brands 89994InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 111259InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 16:30From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Golf at Brands 111247InstructionSports - GolfAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 16:30From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Kickball at Brands 111255InstructionSports - KickballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 18:00From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Brands 90356InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 14:15From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$120.00
Mighty Munchkins at Brands 110133InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 18:45From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 111249InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 2y 11m Coed2014/09/18 15:30From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 111248InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 2y 11m Coed2014/09/19 23:15From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$20.00
Outdoor Explorers at Brands 111262InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 18:00From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Brands 90805InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:45From August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$175.00
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
Recreational Tumbling at Brands 90950InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 91025InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 91288InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer - Open at Brands 111246OpenSports - SoccerAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Brands 111253InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
T-Ball at Brands 111250InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 18:45From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Team Tumbling at Brands 111263InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Tiny Tot Cheerleading at Brands 91551InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Female2014/09/17 16:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Brands 111254InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 18:00From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 110131InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/16 16:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Track & Field at Brands 111258InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 18:45From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Weight Training at Brands 91419InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Woodcraft at Brands 91746InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 18:45From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Brands 91744InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Brands 91745InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2014/09/16 21:45From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6:15pm
$35.00
Yoga at Brands 111257InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 18:45From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Brands 111256InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 14:15From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$20.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Brands 113230InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Art & ABCs at Brands 113228InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 113211InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 95971InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/01/15 17:30From January 15, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Ballet - Beginner at Brands 113212InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/01/09 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Basketball at Brands 96050InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/14 22:00From January 14, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Basketball at Brands 113221InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Basketball League at Brands 113224Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$180.00
Dodgeball at Brands 96381InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 19:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Floor Hockey at Brands 96540InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Gymnastics at Brands 113223InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Brands 96877InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 15:15From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$120.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Brands 113231InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 2y 11m Coed2015/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$15.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Brands 97455InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$168.00
Seasonal Sports at Brands 97662InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Brands 113218InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Soccer at Brands 113219InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Storytime at Brands 113225InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:15From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$15.00
T-Ball at Brands 113215InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Team Gymnastics at Brands 113222InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tennis at Brands 113214InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 19:45From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 113213InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Brands 98134InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00
Volleyball at Brands 113220InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Brands 98340InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Brands 98338InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Brands 98339InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/01/06 22:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6:15pm
$35.00
Yoga/Pilates at Brands 113216InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10am
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Brands 113217InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/08 15:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$20.00
Young Scientist at Brands 113226InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$15.00

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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.