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 CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

Notes:

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 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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 at Valley Forge 202469InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
Basketball at Valley Forge Cancelled202470InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Boot Camp at Valley Forge 202862InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 17:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$23.00
Dance - Jazz at Valley Forge 221215InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 16Female2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Dodgeball at Valley Forge 202773InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 23:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$17.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 202948InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/11/01 20:15From November 1, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$9.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 224404InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Floor Hockey League at Valley Forge 202954Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/10/30 21:30From October 30, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Fun with Food at Valley Forge 203020InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Fun with Food at Valley Forge 221130InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/11/02 20:00From November 2, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$8.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 203263InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 5y 1m Coed2017/09/11 14:15From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 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
$153.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 203264InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 5y 1m Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$153.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Valley Forge 203504InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 2m Coed2017/10/31 18:30From October 31, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$21.00
NERF Soccer at Valley Forge 203141InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/10/30 19:15From October 30, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$17.00
NERF Soccer at Valley Forge 221128InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/10/30 20:15From October 30, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$9.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Valley Forge 203599InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/14 18:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$28.00
Pilates at Valley Forge 203716InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 22:15From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$23.00
Play School at Valley Forge 203750InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4y 1m Coed2017/09/12 14:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11am
$93.00
Play School at Valley Forge 203751InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4y 1m Coed2017/09/12 16:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1pm
$93.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 203829InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 203830InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$17.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Valley Forge 203944InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge Cancelled204006InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/10/16 16:15From October 16, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$28.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 204005InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/10/18 16:15From October 18, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$28.00
Tap & Ballet at Valley Forge 204263InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Female2017/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$18.00
Team Tumbling at Valley Forge 221214InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$17.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Valley Forge 204371InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 19:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$17.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Valley Forge 204467InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
Yoga Sculpt at Valley Forge 204758InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$23.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 204773InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to November 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.