Valley Forge Park

  • 7001 W. 59th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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.

Hours: , ,

Valley Forge Fitness Center

Valley Forge Fitness Center

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

Notes: M-F, 9-9pm; Sa, 10-4pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Valley Forge Soccer

Valley Forge Soccer

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

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

Location Notes: 7001 W. 59th St.

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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
16" Softball at Valley Forge 102351InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Valley Forge 104288InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/05/06 19:15From May 6, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$11.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Valley Forge 102602InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball - Teen League at Valley Forge 121788Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Male2015/04/02 22:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Valley Forge 103029InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Valley Forge 103030InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/01 17:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$21.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 103057InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$15.00
Fun with Food at Valley Forge 129520InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 8, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Garden Buddies at Valley Forge 103138InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/05/07 18:15From May 7, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$17.00
Harvest Garden at Valley Forge 103220InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/05/04 20:30From May 4, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 103350InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 14:15From March 30, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Each Monday from 9:15am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 11:15am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 11:15am
$114.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 103349InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$114.00
Pilates at Valley Forge 129521InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 22:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 103929InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/04/09 22:30From April 9, 2015 to May 28, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 104128InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/04 16:15From May 4, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 104129InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/04 23:15From May 4, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 104127InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/06 16:15From May 6, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 104126InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/05/06 18:30From May 6, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$26.00
Tap & Ballet at Valley Forge 121787InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$15.00
T-Ball at Valley Forge 104328InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$31.00
Track & Field at Valley Forge 104567InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Track & Field at Valley Forge 104568InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 104765InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$21.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 104766InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Valley Forge 131295Individual_LeagueSports - SoftballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/17 22:30From June 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Valley Forge 115984InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/08/17 15:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$8.00
Arts & Crafts at Valley Forge 115983InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$8.00
Day Camp at Valley Forge 116251CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$340.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Valley Forge 116549InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/15 23:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$17.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Valley Forge 116550InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 23:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$17.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 116557InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/06/30 22:30From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 116558InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/08/11 22:30From August 11, 2015 to August 27, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$8.00
Harvest Garden at Valley Forge 116610InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/06/29 15:30From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Valley Forge 116903InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/15 22:15From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$10.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Valley Forge 116904InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/17 22:15From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$10.00
Pilates at Valley Forge 117486InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 00:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$17.00
Pilates at Valley Forge Cancelled117485InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 00:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$17.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 117605InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 00:30From June 15, 2015 to July 13, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 132414InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/21 00:30From July 20, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$26.00
Sports Camp at Valley Forge 116568CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$66.00
Volleyball at Valley Forge 117851InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/08/11 21:00From August 11, 2015 to August 27, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00

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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.