Green Briar Park

  • 2650 W. Peterson Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60659 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Timothy Gibson
  • 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: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Outdoor Basketball Court

Green Briar Outdoor Basketball CourtAccessible

Location: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Park

Green Briar Park

Location: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Green Briar Field House

Green Briar Field HousePartial

Location: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Gymnasium

Green Briar GymnasiumPartial

Location: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Lapidary/Jewelry Shop

Green Briar Lapidary/Jewelry ShopPartial

Location: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Auditorium & Clubrooms

Green Briar Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Notes: Clubrooms & Auditorium

Descriptors: Lighted

Green Briar Playground

Green Briar PlaygroundPartial

Location: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Tennis Court

Green Briar Tennis CourtAccessible

Location: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

Green Briar Spray Area

Green Briar Spray AreaAccessible

Location: 2650 W. Peterson Ave.

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.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • 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
Day Camp at Green Briar 82252CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$293.00
Early Bird Camp at Green Briar 82367CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$50.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Green Briar 82711InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6:30pm
$100.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Green Briar 82710InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6:30pm
$65.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Green Briar 92026InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Fun and Games at Green Briar 111546InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$5.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Green Briar 93408InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6:30pm
$100.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Green Briar 93407InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6:30pm
$65.00
Kiddie College at Green Briar 93488InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
$50.00
Play School at Green Briar 110614InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$20.00

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 2650 W. Peterson Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 2650 W. Peterson Ave. 1
Community Gardens 2650 W. Peterson Ave. Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Fieldhouse 2650 W. Peterson Ave. 0
Gymnasiums 2650 W. Peterson Ave. 1
Lapidary Studios 2650 W. Peterson Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 2650 W. Peterson Ave. Lighted 2 Clubrooms & Auditorium
Playgrounds 2650 W. Peterson Ave. 1
Tennis Courts 2650 W. Peterson Ave. 1
Water Spray Features 2650 W. Peterson Ave. 1
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.