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.

Hours: , ,

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. 

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 162378InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/23 20:15From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$16.00
Basketball at Valley Forge 162379InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2016/09/23 21:15From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$16.00
Dodgeball at Valley Forge 183894InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 22:30From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Valley Forge 162774InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Valley Forge 162775InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 17:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
Flag Football at Valley Forge 162810InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 162861InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/10/26 20:15From October 26, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$9.00
Floor Hockey League at Valley Forge 162868Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/10/24 21:30From October 24, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$21.00
Fun with Food at Valley Forge 162940InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Harvest Garden at Valley Forge 163039InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2016 to October 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Indoor Soccer at Valley Forge 163071InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/10/24 20:15From October 24, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$9.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 163194InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 5y 1m Coed2016/09/19 14:15From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 9:15am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 11:15am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 11:15am
$146.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 163195InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 5y 1m Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$146.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Valley Forge 163437InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 2m Coed2016/10/25 18:30From October 25, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Valley Forge 183896InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/22 18:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$27.00
Pilates at Valley Forge 163676InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 22:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$22.00
Play School at Valley Forge 163715InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4y 1m Coed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11am
$89.00
Play School at Valley Forge 163716InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4y 1m Coed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1pm
$89.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 163860InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 163861InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 22:15From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$16.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Valley Forge 163954InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 164051InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:15From September 19, 2016 to October 17, 2016
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 164054InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/10/24 16:15From October 24, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 164052InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/10/26 16:15From October 26, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 164055InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 16:15From September 21, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge Cancelled164053InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$27.00
Soccer at Valley Forge 164177InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Soccer at Valley Forge 164141InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Tap & Ballet at Valley Forge 164282InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Female2016/09/22 20:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$17.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Valley Forge 183897InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:15From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$16.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Valley Forge 164487InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Volleyball at Valley Forge 183895InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Volleyball at Valley Forge 164623InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 21:45From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$16.00
Yoga Sculpt at Valley Forge 185454InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 164755InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 164754InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$22.00

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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.