Green Briar Park

  • 2650 W. Peterson Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60659 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Timothy Gibson
  • Park Phone: (773) 761-0582

Green Briar Park, prominently located on West Peterson Avenue just east of California Avenue, serves West Ridge community residents with a number of athletic and unique recreational activities, ranging from various music classes to jewelry making. The historic fieldhouse features a gymnasium on the first floor and an auditorium on the second floor, which is available for rental for private events and parties. As part of its after-school Park Kids program, Green Briar Park offers homework time coupled with recreational activities aimed at physical fitness and health.

The park also provides bitty basketball, youth basketball, and teen club. For those who enjoy all sports, Green Briar Park offers a Seasonal Sports class that provides practice and preparation for regional and citywide athletic tournaments, which may include flag football, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, or floor hockey, for example. For adults, Green Briar offers 4-on-4 basketball, volleyball, 14” softball, and jewelry making/lapidary. All ages are invited to participate in the park’s instrumental music classes with instruction available on several different instruments such as piano, guitar, and bass guitar.

In the summer, Green Briar keeps children active with day camp ideal for working parents. The camp includes early bird camp extending the camp-time by one hour in the morning. Outdoors, Green Briar Park features two basketball standards, two junior baseball fields, a tennis court, volleyball court, playground and spray pool.

History

Chicago's West Ridge community grew significantly between 1920 and 1930, its population increasing from 7,500 to nearly 40,000 during that decade. In 1925, the River Park District purchased a 3.3-acre tract of land in the Green Briar subdivision of the West Ridge community - the northernmost section of that park district's territory. The following year, landscape architect and River Park District board member Jacob L. Crane, Jr. developed a plan for the rectangular park. The plan was featured as a model of good recreational design in Parks: A Manual of Municipal and County Parks. Lack of funds delayed park improvement until 1928, however, when the Chicago Landscape Company implemented a modified version of Crane's plan. That same year, the park district erected an elegant, 2-story, tile-roofed brick fieldhouse with a 300-seat assembly hall designed by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld. Hatzfeld designed a number of notable buildings in Chicago's parks, including revival-style fieldhouses in Indian Boundary, Portage, and Independence Parks. In 1934, the River Park District and Chicago's 21 other independent park boards were consolidated into the newly-created Chicago Park District. Shortly thereafter, the Chicago Park District constructed a wading pool and tennis courts at Green Briar Park. A new soft surface playground was added in 1991.

Parking/Directions

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

Free street parking is available around the park. 

Green Briar Baseball/Softball Fields

Green Briar Baseball/Softball FieldsAccessible

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Outdoor Basketball Court

Green Briar Outdoor Basketball CourtAccessible

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Park

Green Briar Park

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Green Briar Field House

Green Briar Field HousePartial

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Hours: , ,

Green Briar Gymnasium

Green Briar GymnasiumPartial

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Lapidary/Jewelry Shop

Green Briar Lapidary/Jewelry ShopPartial

Green Briar Auditorium & Clubrooms

Green Briar Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Notes: Clubrooms & Auditorium

Descriptors: Lighted

Green Briar Playground

Green Briar Playground

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Green Briar Tennis Court

Green Briar Tennis CourtAccessible

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Spray Area

Green Briar Spray AreaAccessible

Location Notes: 2650 W. Peterson 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 Tuesday, February 23, 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 Green Briar 127408Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to June 10, 2016
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
$276.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Green Briar 136396InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$16.00
Basketball - Open at Green Briar 153602OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/17 18:00From January 17, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Teen League at Green Briar 136669Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball at Green Briar 136705InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Basketball at Green Briar 136707InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Bitty Basketball at Green Briar 136851InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$11.00
Dodgeball at Green Briar 137217InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Drop-in at Green Briar 151084InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$6.00
Fun and Games at Green Briar 151086InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$6.00
Fun and Games at Green Briar 151085InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$6.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary Open Studio at Green Briar 137762OpenCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/01/04 19:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6:30pm
$102.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary Open Studio at Green Briar 137761OpenCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/01/04 19:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6:30pm
$66.00
Kickball at Green Briar 150236InstructionSports - KickballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th weeks of each month
$11.00
Kiddie College at Green Briar 137820InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 17, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$26.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Green Briar 138381InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 2016
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
$94.00
Soccer at Green Briar 138912InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$26.00
Soccer at Green Briar 150228InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Green Briar 142686InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 17:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$17.00
Basketball at Green Briar 154256InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Basketball at Green Briar 143011InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$7.00
Bitty Basketball at Green Briar 143100InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$12.00
Dodgeball at Green Briar 143452InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Drop-In at Green Briar 143486InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
$6.00
Flag Football at Green Briar 143588InstructionSports - FootballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Green Briar 143621InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 18:30From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$7.00
Fun and Games at Green Briar 143619InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$7.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Green Briar 143930InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/03/28 18:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6:30pm
$104.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Green Briar 143931InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/03/28 18:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6:30pm
$67.00
Kiddie College at Green Briar 144010InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 15:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$27.00
Soccer at Green Briar 145280InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$27.00
Soccer at Green Briar 153232InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00

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Green Briar Park, prominently located on West Peterson Avenue just east of California Avenue, serves West Ridge community residents with a number of athletic and unique recreational activities, ranging from various music classes to jewelry making. The historic fieldhouse features a gymnasium on the first floor and an auditorium on the second floor, which is available for rental for private events and parties. As part of its after-school Park Kids program, Green Briar Park offers homework time coupled with recreational activities aimed at physical fitness and health.

The park also provides bitty basketball, youth basketball, and teen club. For those who enjoy all sports, Green Briar Park offers a Seasonal Sports class that provides practice and preparation for regional and citywide athletic tournaments, which may include flag football, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, or floor hockey, for example. For adults, Green Briar offers 4-on-4 basketball, volleyball, 14” softball, and jewelry making/lapidary. All ages are invited to participate in the park’s instrumental music classes with instruction available on several different instruments such as piano, guitar, and bass guitar.

In the summer, Green Briar keeps children active with day camp ideal for working parents. The camp includes early bird camp extending the camp-time by one hour in the morning. Outdoors, Green Briar Park features two basketball standards, two junior baseball fields, a tennis court, volleyball court, playground and spray pool.

Chicago's West Ridge community grew significantly between 1920 and 1930, its population increasing from 7,500 to nearly 40,000 during that decade. In 1925, the River Park District purchased a 3.3-acre tract of land in the Green Briar subdivision of the West Ridge community - the northernmost section of that park district's territory. The following year, landscape architect and River Park District board member Jacob L. Crane, Jr. developed a plan for the rectangular park. The plan was featured as a model of good recreational design in Parks: A Manual of Municipal and County Parks. Lack of funds delayed park improvement until 1928, however, when the Chicago Landscape Company implemented a modified version of Crane's plan. That same year, the park district erected an elegant, 2-story, tile-roofed brick fieldhouse with a 300-seat assembly hall designed by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld. Hatzfeld designed a number of notable buildings in Chicago's parks, including revival-style fieldhouses in Indian Boundary, Portage, and Independence Parks. In 1934, the River Park District and Chicago's 21 other independent park boards were consolidated into the newly-created Chicago Park District. Shortly thereafter, the Chicago Park District constructed a wading pool and tennis courts at Green Briar Park. A new soft surface playground was added in 1991.

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

Free street parking is available around the park.