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

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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.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 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
Arts & Crafts at Valley Forge 176136InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/08 19:15From May 8, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Valley Forge Cancelled197990InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/08 19:15From May 8, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$10.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Valley Forge 177085InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Basketball - Teen League at Valley Forge 177231Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Male2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$14.00
Boot Camp at Valley Forge 177958InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$20.00
Boot Camp at Valley Forge 197983InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 17:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 177436InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 197989InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/06 20:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$18.00
Fun Food Facts at Valley Forge 178065InstructionWellness - NutritionAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 12, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Fun with Food at Valley Forge 176971InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 19:15From April 3, 2017 to May 1, 2017
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$10.00
Harvest Garden at Valley Forge 176850InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/05/08 20:30From May 8, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 176508InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 14:15From April 3, 2017 to May 24, 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
$122.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 176507InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to May 24, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$122.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Valley Forge 176354InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/04 18:30From April 4, 2017 to May 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$29.00
NERF Soccer at Valley Forge 192791InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 19:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$18.00
Pilates at Valley Forge 177978InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 22:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$19.00
Play School at Valley Forge 176437InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2017 to May 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11am
$65.00
Play School at Valley Forge 176436InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to May 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1pm
$65.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 176780InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/04 22:30From April 4, 2017 to May 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 197988InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 22:30From April 6, 2017 to June 1, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$17.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 177885InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:15From April 3, 2017 to May 1, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$29.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 177887InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/05/08 16:15From May 8, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$29.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 197987InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/05/10 16:15From May 10, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$29.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 197986InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/05 16:15From April 5, 2017 to May 3, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$29.00
T-Ball at Valley Forge 177117InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Valley Forge 192790InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 19:15From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$18.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Valley Forge 176033InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 18:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$18.00
Track & Field at Valley Forge 177802InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$18.00
Track & Field at Valley Forge 177805InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2017/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$18.00
Yoga Sculpt at Valley Forge 197985InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$28.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 178091InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$24.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 197984InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$24.00

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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.