Valley Forge Park

  • 7001 W. 59th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: Park: 6am -11pm Field House: M-F 9am-9pm
  • Park Supervisor: Dawn Ostrowski
  • 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: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Basketball

Valley Forge Basketball

Location: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Fieldhouse

Valley Forge Fieldhouse

Location: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Fitness Center

Valley Forge Fitness Center

Location: 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: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Gymnasium

Valley Forge Gymnasium

Location: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Horseshoe

Valley Forge Horseshoe

Location: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Clubroom

Valley Forge Clubroom

Location: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Playground

Valley Forge PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Tennis Court

Valley Forge Tennis Court

Location: 7001 W. 59th St.

Valley Forge Volleyball

Valley Forge Volleyball

Location: 7001 W. 59th St.

Summer
Online registration for our park began Monday, April 7. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 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
Arts & Crafts at Valley Forge 80785InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$7.00
Arts & Crafts at Valley Forge 80784InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$7.00
Day Camp at Valley Forge 81017CampsCamps - 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
$333.00
Fitness Bootcamp at Valley Forge 81233InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$16.00
Fitness Bootcamp at Valley Forge 86535InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$16.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 81131InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$7.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 81132InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 29, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$14.00
Fun and Games at Valley Forge 81142InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 31, 2014
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
$65.00
Harvest Garden at Valley Forge 81179InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 8 but less than 11CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 28, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Free
Kickball at Valley Forge 81224InstructionSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
KidzEnergy at Valley Forge 86532InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$9.00
KidzEnergy at Valley Forge 81238InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$9.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Valley Forge 86533InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$9.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Valley Forge 86534InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$9.00
Pilates at Valley Forge 86536InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Pilates at Valley Forge 87467InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$16.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 81542InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to July 14, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 86528InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom July 21, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 81543InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom July 22, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 86531InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to July 15, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 86530InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to July 17, 2014
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 86529InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom July 24, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Soccer at Valley Forge 81183InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 12, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Valley Forge 81768InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom August 12, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 86537InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 86538InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$20.00

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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.

 

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 7001 W. 59th St. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 7001 W. 59th St. 1
Fieldhouse 7001 W. 59th St. 0
Fitness Centers 7001 W. 59th St. 1 M-F, 9-9pm; Sa, 10-4pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 7001 W. 59th St. 1
Gymnasiums 7001 W. 59th St. 1
Horseshoe Pits 7001 W. 59th St. 2
Meeting/Event Space 7001 W. 59th St. 2
Playgrounds 7001 W. 59th St. 0
Tennis Courts 7001 W. 59th St. 2
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 7001 W. 59th St. 2
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.