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.

Parking/Directions

Metered parking is available in the lot on site.  Get rates and additional information.

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

Broadway Armory Climbing Wall

Broadway Armory Climbing Wall

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Notes: 35 Ft. High

Broadway Armory Culinary Center

Broadway Armory Culinary Center

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Broadway Armory Fieldhouse

Broadway Armory Fieldhouse

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Descriptors: Has Air Conditioning

Broadway Armory Fitness Arcade

Broadway Armory Fitness Arcade

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

Notes: ADA Accessible Equipment

Broadway Armory Fitness Center

Broadway Armory Fitness CenterAccessible

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Closed for cleaning weekdays from 3-5pm;

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Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Broadway Armory Gymnasium

Broadway Armory Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5917 N. Broadway

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Descriptors: Has Spectator Seating

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 Community Room

Broadway Armory Community Room

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

Spring Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics Session I programs run the week of March 6 through the week of April 17.
Gymnastics Session II programs run the week of May 1 through the week of June 12. 

All other programs:
Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  

 

Summer Programs

Gymnastics Programs:
Gymnastics programs run the week of June 26 through the week of August 7.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning Tuesday, May 30.  Registration dates for these programs are:
Online registration begins Tuesday, June 13 at 9:00 am.
In-person registration begins Saturday, June 17, if spots are still available*.
 
All other programs:
The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Register now,  see program list below. 
 
 
*Note:  Since gymnastics centers do 100% online registration, in-person registration is only available if all of the program slots don't fill online before the first day of in-person registration.  Check the program online to see if spots are still available.

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
Back & Balance at Broadway Armory 195284InstructionWellness - Fitness55 and upCoed2017/06/27 16:00From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Basketball - Open at Broadway Armory 195345OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$7.00
Cross Training at Broadway Armory 199185InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$20.00
Cross Training at Broadway Armory 199186InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/08/14 16:00From August 14, 2017 to September 8, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$20.00
Dance Camp at Broadway Armory 195561CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/08/07 14:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:15am
$34.00
Dance Camp at Broadway Armory 195562CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:30From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$34.00
Day Camp at Broadway Armory 195598CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$332.00
Early Bird Camp at Broadway Armory 195731CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$53.00
Extended Camp at Broadway Armory 195821CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 20:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$105.00
Family Yoga at Broadway Armory 200207InstructionWellness - Yoga3 and upCoed2017/06/29 23:30From June 29, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Gymnastics Camp 1 at Broadway Gymnastics 199777CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/26 18:00From June 26, 2017 to July 6, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$75.00
Gymnastics Camp 2 at Broadway Gymnastics 199783CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/07/10 18:00From July 10, 2017 to July 20, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$86.00
Gymnastics Camp 3 at Broadway Gymnastics 199789CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/07/24 18:00From July 24, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$86.00
Kettlebells at Broadway Armory 196300InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/26 14:45From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:45am to 10:45am
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$34.00
Kettlebells at Broadway Armory 199189InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/08/14 14:45From August 14, 2017 to September 8, 2017
Each Monday from 9:45am to 10:45am
Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$30.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199799OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 6Coed2017/06/30 22:00June 30, 2017
Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199801OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 6Coed2017/07/14 22:00July 14, 2017
Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199803OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 6Coed2017/07/28 22:00July 28, 2017
Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199804OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 6Coed2017/08/04 22:00August 4, 2017
Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199800OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/07/07 22:00July 7, 2017
Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Open Gym Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199802OpenGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/07/21 22:00July 21, 2017
Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$6.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199805InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/06/26 22:00From June 26, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$32.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199807InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/06/27 21:15From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$27.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199806InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/06/29 22:15From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$32.00
Photography - Film at Broadway Armory 199187InstructionCulture and Arts - Photography65 and upCoed2017/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Photography - Film at Broadway Armory 199188InstructionCulture and Arts - Photography18 and upCoed2017/06/22 00:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$80.00
Pilates at Broadway Armory 200205InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$35.00
Play Camp at Broadway Armory 196801CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$88.00
Qigong at Broadway Armory 199192InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/28 16:00From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:30am
$20.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199824InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/28 22:00From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$32.00
Rising Stars Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199848InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than Coed2017/06/29 21:15From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$32.00
Sports Camp at Broadway 197055CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$50.00
Sports Mentoring Camp at Senn HS 220998CampsCamps - SportsAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 197137InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 20:30From June 26, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$44.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 197135InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/19 21:30From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$44.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 197138InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/27 20:30From June 27, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$44.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 197134InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/27 21:30From June 27, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$44.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 199210InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/28 20:30From June 28, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$44.00
Tae Kwon Do at Broadway Armory 197136InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/28 21:30From June 28, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$44.00
Teen Club at Broadway Armory 199296OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Broadway Armory 197233Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/07/06 22:00From July 6, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199861InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 21:15From June 26, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199860InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 22:00From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$27.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199862InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/28 21:15From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$32.00
Twinkle Stars Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199863InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/30 21:15From June 30, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$32.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199898InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 8Female2017/06/30 18:00From June 30, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$59.00
USAG Pre Team Gymnastics at Broadway Gymnastics 199899InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 8 but less than 13Female2017/06/30 18:00From June 30, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$59.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 3 at Broadway Gymnastics 199904InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 14Female2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 11am
Each Friday from 8am to 11am
$118.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Lev. 4+ at Broadway Gym 199909InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 16Female2017/06/27 13:00From June 27, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 11am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$114.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel G at Broadway Gymnastics 220816InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/06/27 14:30From June 27, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$112.00
USAG Team Gymnastics Xcel S at Broadway Gymnastics 199914InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Female2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 11am
Each Friday from 8am to 11am
$118.00
USAG Team Tumbling Lev. 4 - 6 at Broadway Gym 220909InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/30 13:00From June 30, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$40.00
USAG Team Tumbling Lev. 4 at Broadway Gymnastics 199920InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/27 13:00From June 27, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
$63.00
USAG Team Tumbling Lev. 5+ at Broadway Gymnastics 199921InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/06/27 15:00From June 27, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 8am to 10:30am
$78.00
Volleyball - Open at Broadway Armory 197593OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/06/16 23:30From June 16, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$40.00
Walking Club at Broadway Armory 199193OpenWellness - Walking21 and upCoed2017/06/29 16:30From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 5:30pm
$0
Water Color at Broadway Armory 199190InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2017/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$60.00
Water Color at Broadway Armory 199191InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting65 and upCoed2017/06/21 18:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Yoga at Broadway Armory 200206InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/22 00:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$35.00
Yoga/Pilates at Broadway Armory 197630InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/27 15:00From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
$23.00

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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.

Metered parking is available in the lot on site.  Get rates and additional information.

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