Valley Forge Park

  • 7001 W. 59th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Dawn Ostrowski
  • Park Phone: (773) 229-0812

Located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, Valley Forge Park totals 7.74 acres. The newly constructed field house, built in 2010, is a green building that has a 25% vegetated roof and features a Rainwater Harvesting System.

Indoor, there are two multi-purpose rooms, a gymnasium, and fitness center. A green feature of the park includes a Harvest Garden. Outside, the park offers a basketball/volley/tennis courts, softball fields, and horseshoe pits. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms.


Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, Moms, Pops, & Tots, gymnastics, preschool & playschool activities, yoga, aerobics. On the cultural side, Valley Forge offers tap & ballet. Nature programming that is offered includes Garden Buddies. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.


In addition to programs, Valley Forge Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

 

History

In 1970, the Chicago Park District identified the under-served southwest side Clearing neighborhood for park development. That year, Clearing's population had peaked at 24,560, a 77% increase over a decade before. In 1972, the park district acquired a 6.46-acre property between West 59th Street and the Indiana Belt Railroad, using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funds. Preliminary park plans, developed in 1973, called for volleyball, tennis, basketball, horseshoe, and shuffleboard courts, an athletic field, a sandbox, and playground equipment. In 1976, the site was officially designated Valley Forge Park in recognition of the nation's Bi-Centennial. On the west bank of Pennsylvania's Schuylkill River, Valley Forge was the Revolutionary War encampment site of General George Washington and 11,000 troops beginning in December 1777. Having been defeated at nearby Brandywine and Germantown, the Continental Army endured an unusually harsh winter at Valley Forge, suffering bitter cold and near-starvation. After weeks of drilling by Baron Frederick von Steuben and an influx of money for supplies in the late spring, the Army emerged in June 1778 as a well-disciplined fighting force ready to press the Revolution forward. Around 1980, the park district brought in a double-wide trailer to be used as a fieldhouse. For many years, the westernmost portion of the property remained unimproved. The park district considered selling that section of the park, but had given up the idea by the early 1990s. Finally, in 1996, the west end of the park was improved with a soccer field. In 1998, the park district expanded the park to 7.74 acres by purchasing land to the east. Future plans call for a new state-of-the-art fieldhouse.

Parking/Directions

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

Valley Forge Diamond

Valley Forge Diamond

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Basketball

Valley Forge Basketball

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Fieldhouse

Valley Forge Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

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Valley Forge Fitness Center

Valley Forge Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

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Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Valley Forge Soccer

Valley Forge Soccer

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Valley Forge Gymnasium

Valley Forge Gymnasium

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Horseshoe

Valley Forge Horseshoe

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Clubroom

Valley Forge Clubroom

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Playground

Valley Forge PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Valley Forge Tennis Court

Valley Forge Tennis Court

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Volleyball

Valley Forge Volleyball

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
Basketball Camp at Valley Forge 188722CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/12/16 22:00From December 16, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$8.00
Basketball Camp at Valley Forge 188723CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/12/16 23:00From December 16, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$8.00
Gymnastics Camp at Valley Forge 188716CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/12/13 21:30From December 13, 2016 to January 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$8.00
Gymnastics Camp at Valley Forge 188717CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/12/13 22:30From December 13, 2016 to January 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$8.00
Soccer Camp at Valley Forge 188718CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/12/14 22:00From December 14, 2016 to January 4, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$8.00
Soccer Camp at Valley Forge 188719CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/12/14 22:45From December 14, 2016 to January 4, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$8.00
Volleyball Camp at Valley Forge 188720CampsCamps - SportsAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/12/15 21:30From December 15, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$8.00
Volleyball Camp at Valley Forge 188721CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/12/15 22:15From December 15, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$8.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Valley Forge 169553OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/01/19 01:00From January 18, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Basketball at Valley Forge 169552InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/13 21:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
Basketball at Valley Forge 169551InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Dodgeball at Valley Forge 189302InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 00:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Valley Forge 169933InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$18.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Valley Forge 169932InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 18:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$18.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 169977InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 21:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 169978InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/13 23:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$17.00
Floor Hockey League at Valley Forge 169979Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$33.00
Fun with Food at Valley Forge 189306InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 170328InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 15:15From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 9:15am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 11:15am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 11:15am
$149.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 170329InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$149.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Valley Forge 170549InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$38.00
NERF Soccer at Valley Forge 170588InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
NERF Soccer at Valley Forge 189301InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/10 00:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$17.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Valley Forge Cancelled189303InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/12 19:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$27.00
Pilates at Valley Forge 170738InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/09 23:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$18.00
Play School at Valley Forge 170777InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11am
$91.00
Play School at Valley Forge 170778InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1pm
$91.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 170834InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 190733InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2017/01/10 23:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$17.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Valley Forge 188606InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 00:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 171004InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/09 17:15From January 9, 2017 to February 6, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 171003InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/02/13 17:15From February 13, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 171008InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/02/15 17:15From February 15, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 171005InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 17:15From January 11, 2017 to February 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 171009InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 19:30From January 11, 2017 to February 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 171010InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/02/15 19:30From February 15, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Storytime at Valley Forge 186987InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 20:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$17.00
Tap & Ballet at Valley Forge 171222InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Female2017/01/12 21:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
Team Tumbling at Valley Forge Cancelled170835InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/01/10 23:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$33.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Valley Forge 190734InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 19:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$17.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Valley Forge 171413InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
Volleyball at Valley Forge 171551InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Yoga Sculpt at Valley Forge 189305InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 171647InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$23.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 171648InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$23.00

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Description

Located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, Valley Forge Park totals 7.74 acres. The newly constructed field house, built in 2010, is a green building that has a 25% vegetated roof and features a Rainwater Harvesting System.

Indoor, there are two multi-purpose rooms, a gymnasium, and fitness center. A green feature of the park includes a Harvest Garden. Outside, the park offers a basketball/volley/tennis courts, softball fields, and horseshoe pits. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms.


Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, Moms, Pops, & Tots, gymnastics, preschool & playschool activities, yoga, aerobics. On the cultural side, Valley Forge offers tap & ballet. Nature programming that is offered includes Garden Buddies. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.


In addition to programs, Valley Forge Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

 

In 1970, the Chicago Park District identified the under-served southwest side Clearing neighborhood for park development. That year, Clearing's population had peaked at 24,560, a 77% increase over a decade before. In 1972, the park district acquired a 6.46-acre property between West 59th Street and the Indiana Belt Railroad, using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funds. Preliminary park plans, developed in 1973, called for volleyball, tennis, basketball, horseshoe, and shuffleboard courts, an athletic field, a sandbox, and playground equipment. In 1976, the site was officially designated Valley Forge Park in recognition of the nation's Bi-Centennial. On the west bank of Pennsylvania's Schuylkill River, Valley Forge was the Revolutionary War encampment site of General George Washington and 11,000 troops beginning in December 1777. Having been defeated at nearby Brandywine and Germantown, the Continental Army endured an unusually harsh winter at Valley Forge, suffering bitter cold and near-starvation. After weeks of drilling by Baron Frederick von Steuben and an influx of money for supplies in the late spring, the Army emerged in June 1778 as a well-disciplined fighting force ready to press the Revolution forward. Around 1980, the park district brought in a double-wide trailer to be used as a fieldhouse. For many years, the westernmost portion of the property remained unimproved. The park district considered selling that section of the park, but had given up the idea by the early 1990s. Finally, in 1996, the west end of the park was improved with a soccer field. In 1998, the park district expanded the park to 7.74 acres by purchasing land to the east. Future plans call for a new state-of-the-art fieldhouse.

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