Broadway Armory Park

  • 5917 N. Broadway   Chicago, Illinois 60660 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Nick Bojko
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7502

Located along Broadway and Thorndale Avenues in the Edgewater community, Broadway Armory Park is the Chicago Park District's largest indoor recreational facility. Officially purchased in 1998 after being no longer needed by the National Guard for military purposes, the massive, 87-year-old park facility today houses five gymnasia and 13 rooms. Broadway Armory's open space makes it ideal for Chicago Park District special sporting events such as citywide 3 on 3 soccer and volleyball. Outside organizations and families use the park regularly for their own permitted events and parties.

  • The newly remodeled energy efficient facility offers community array of amenities. The park boasts an active after-school program for children ages 6-12, who create their own afternoons by choosing from a list of available activities-such as dance, fitness, floor hockey, arts & crafts, and homework time.
  • Broadway Armory is home to the Abbott Fund Wellness Program - providing the community with multifaceted, year-round nutrition and fitness programming. Fitness classes, fitness arcading and interactive fitness equipment are designed to help children and adults have fun while they get fit. Many area adults get active in co-rec volleyball leagues held in the gym, while others relax in popular yoga classes, explore their creative side through photography and work out in the new fitness center.
  • In addition, the facility is home to one of the park district’s 9 gymnastics centers.The gymnastics center, offers quality instruction for beginners to advanced competitors year-round.
  • Flying high on the flying trapeze! Check out the Trapeze School of NY in Chicago located at Broadway Armory.  For classes click here.

Community residents looking for a location for their special event or party are invited to check out the newly renovated community room. Skylights on the second floor room have been restored to allow more day lighting into the building. A new sustainable bamboo floor was also installed in the second floor community room. Call the park for room availability.

The park is also home to the Department of Aging Senior Center and National Guard.

History

Subdivided by John Lewis Cochran in the 1880s and 1890s, Chicago's far north Edgewater neighborhood grew rapidly after 1900, as single-family homes filled the area west of Broadway and handsome apartment buildings sprang up just west of Lake Michigan. In 1916, architects Carpenter & Weldon designed the enormous Winter Garden Ice Skating Rink as a recreational amenity for the thriving community. It is unclear whether the ice rink, located at Broadway and Thorndale Avenue, ever opened for business. By the end of World War I, however, the State of Illinois had modified the new structure for use as an armory. For years, the Illinois National Guard used the building for drilling and training. The Broadway Armory simultaneously offered various recreational opportunities to the community, including ice skating, roller skating, and tennis. After World War II, Edgewater became increasingly crowded, as large homes and apartments were carved into smaller units, and a long string of high-rises rose up along the lakeshore. There were few recreational facilities in the densely-populated neighborhood. In the mid-1970s, the Edgewater Community Council began advocating the development of an indoor recreation center at the Broadway Armory. In 1979, the Chicago Park District signed a 25-year lease with the state for the use of a portion of the structure. After obtaining more than $2 million in state and federal funding for capital improvements, the park district opened the new Broadway Armory indoor recreation center in 1985. The facility soon offered many popular programs, including pre-school and pre-kindergarten classes, performing arts, photography, and aerobics. Late-night basketball leagues began making use of the enormous drill hall, large enough to hold five gymnasia. The park district purchased the armory in 1998, after the state decided the facility was no longer needed for military purposes.

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Broadway Armory Climbing Wall

Broadway Armory Climbing Wall

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Notes: 35 Ft. High

Broadway Armory Culinary Center

Broadway Armory Culinary Center

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Broadway Armory Fieldhouse

Broadway Armory Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Hours: ,

Broadway Armory Fitness Arcade

Broadway Armory Fitness Arcade

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Notes: ADA Accessible Equipment

Broadway Armory Fitness Center

Broadway Armory Fitness Center

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Notes: M– F, 7am–3pm;5-9pm; 3:00 – 5:00 pm; Sa/Su, 9am-4pm;Closed for cleaning weekdays from 3-5pm; Sign up for a membership ADA accessible equipment

Broadway Armory Gymnasium

Broadway Armory Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Broadway Armory Gymnastic Center

Broadway Armory Gymnastic Center

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Broadway Armory Clubroom

Broadway Armory Clubroom

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Broadway Armory Photography Studio

Broadway Armory Photography Studio

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Broadway Armory Wellness Center

Broadway Armory Wellness Center

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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 Broadway Armory 92035InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Broadway Armory 92037InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$15.00
Ballet - Beginner at Broadway Armory 92115InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Broadway Armory 92243OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$5.00
Basketball - Open at Broadway Armory 92244OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$10.00
Drawing & Painting at Broadway Armory 110752InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$40.00
Drawing & Painting at Broadway Armory 92775InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm
Free
Floor Hockey at Broadway Armory 92919InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 10CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Broadway Armory 92920InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Kettlebells at Broadway Armory 93435InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$20.00
Kettlebells at Broadway Armory 110741InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$20.00
Kettlebells at Broadway Armory 110742InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$20.00
Kickboxing at Broadway Armory 110743InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$20.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Broadway 111313Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$300.00
Mighty Munchkins at Broadway Armory 110749InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$20.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Broadway Armory 111575InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$12.00
Music and Movement at Broadway Armory 110750InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$20.00
Music and Movement at Broadway Armory 110751InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
Free
Park Cardio Cycling at Broadway Armory 94011InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$30.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Broadway 94033InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 6CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$60.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Broadway 94034InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$60.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Broadway 111605Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 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
$180.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Broadway 94121Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 6CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 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
$180.00
Photography - Film at Broadway Armory 94160InstructionCulture and Arts - PhotographyAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$25.00
Photography - Film at Broadway Armory 94158InstructionCulture and Arts - Photography18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$84.00
Photography - Film at Broadway Armory 94159InstructionCulture and Arts - Photography18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$40.00
Pilates at Broadway Armory 111570InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$20.00
Self Defense at Broadway Armory 110754InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense60 and upCoedFrom October 2, 2014 to October 9, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Free
Self Defense at Broadway Armory 110757InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense60 and upCoedFrom October 16, 2014 to October 23, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Free
Self Defense at Broadway Armory 110756InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense60 and upCoedFrom October 30, 2014 to November 6, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Free
Self Defense at Broadway Armory 110755InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense60 and upCoedFrom November 13, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Free
Small Group Training at Broadway Armory 111572InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to October 15, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$25.00
Small Group Training at Broadway Armory 111573InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 5, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$25.00
Soccer at Broadway Armory 110759InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
$20.00
Soccer at Broadway Armory 110758InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 94760InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$30.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 94762InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 94761InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$30.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 94763InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$40.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 94764InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 94765InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$40.00
Tot Spot at Broadway Armory 95258OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$15.00
Tot Spot at Broadway Armory 95259OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$15.00
Volleyball - 6 on 6 at Broadway Armory 95368InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 9:30pm
$5.00
Volleyball at Broadway Armory 95379InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Broadway Armory 95380Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$290.00
Yoga at Broadway Armory 110744InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
Free
Yoga at Broadway Armory 111571InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Yoga at Broadway Armory 111578InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Zumba Partnership at Broadway Armory 95601PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$60.00
Zumba Partnership at Broadway Armory 110747InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 5 but less than 7CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Zumba Partnership at Broadway Armory 110748InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Zumba Partnership at Broadway Armory 95603PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 10, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$60.00
Zumba Partnership at Broadway Armory 95602PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$60.00

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Located along Broadway and Thorndale Avenues in the Edgewater community, Broadway Armory Park is the Chicago Park District's largest indoor recreational facility. Officially purchased in 1998 after being no longer needed by the National Guard for military purposes, the massive, 87-year-old park facility today houses five gymnasia and 13 rooms. Broadway Armory's open space makes it ideal for Chicago Park District special sporting events such as citywide 3 on 3 soccer and volleyball. Outside organizations and families use the park regularly for their own permitted events and parties.

  • The newly remodeled energy efficient facility offers community array of amenities. The park boasts an active after-school program for children ages 6-12, who create their own afternoons by choosing from a list of available activities-such as dance, fitness, floor hockey, arts & crafts, and homework time.
  • Broadway Armory is home to the Abbott Fund Wellness Program - providing the community with multifaceted, year-round nutrition and fitness programming. Fitness classes, fitness arcading and interactive fitness equipment are designed to help children and adults have fun while they get fit. Many area adults get active in co-rec volleyball leagues held in the gym, while others relax in popular yoga classes, explore their creative side through photography and work out in the new fitness center.
  • In addition, the facility is home to one of the park district’s 9 gymnastics centers.The gymnastics center, offers quality instruction for beginners to advanced competitors year-round.
  • Flying high on the flying trapeze! Check out the Trapeze School of NY in Chicago located at Broadway Armory.  For classes click here.

Community residents looking for a location for their special event or party are invited to check out the newly renovated community room. Skylights on the second floor room have been restored to allow more day lighting into the building. A new sustainable bamboo floor was also installed in the second floor community room. Call the park for room availability.

The park is also home to the Department of Aging Senior Center and National Guard.

Subdivided by John Lewis Cochran in the 1880s and 1890s, Chicago's far north Edgewater neighborhood grew rapidly after 1900, as single-family homes filled the area west of Broadway and handsome apartment buildings sprang up just west of Lake Michigan. In 1916, architects Carpenter & Weldon designed the enormous Winter Garden Ice Skating Rink as a recreational amenity for the thriving community. It is unclear whether the ice rink, located at Broadway and Thorndale Avenue, ever opened for business. By the end of World War I, however, the State of Illinois had modified the new structure for use as an armory. For years, the Illinois National Guard used the building for drilling and training. The Broadway Armory simultaneously offered various recreational opportunities to the community, including ice skating, roller skating, and tennis. After World War II, Edgewater became increasingly crowded, as large homes and apartments were carved into smaller units, and a long string of high-rises rose up along the lakeshore. There were few recreational facilities in the densely-populated neighborhood. In the mid-1970s, the Edgewater Community Council began advocating the development of an indoor recreation center at the Broadway Armory. In 1979, the Chicago Park District signed a 25-year lease with the state for the use of a portion of the structure. After obtaining more than $2 million in state and federal funding for capital improvements, the park district opened the new Broadway Armory indoor recreation center in 1985. The facility soon offered many popular programs, including pre-school and pre-kindergarten classes, performing arts, photography, and aerobics. Late-night basketball leagues began making use of the enormous drill hall, large enough to hold five gymnasia. The park district purchased the armory in 1998, after the state decided the facility was no longer needed for military purposes.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.