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 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.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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 89483InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Valley Forge 89482InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to October 16, 2014
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$10.00
Basketball at Valley Forge 89666InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Basketball at Valley Forge 89667InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$14.00
Basketball at Valley Forge 89668InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Fitness Bootcamp at Valley Forge 90346InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$20.00
Fitness Bootcamp at Valley Forge 111391InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$20.00
Flag Football at Valley Forge Cancelled90028InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to October 16, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 90079InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom October 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$7.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 90080InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom October 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$7.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 90082InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom October 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$7.00
Floor Hockey at Valley Forge 90081InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom October 29, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$7.00
Gymnastics at Valley Forge 91009InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$14.00
Harvest Garden at Valley Forge 90240InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 8 but less than 11CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to October 20, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Free
Indoor Soccer at Valley Forge 90291InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom October 29, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$7.00
Indoor Soccer at Valley Forge 90292InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom October 29, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$7.00
Kickball at Valley Forge 90331InstructionSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 11CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$14.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 90407InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 5y 1m CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 9:15am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 11:15am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 11:15am
$140.00
Kiddie College at Valley Forge 90408InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 5y 1m CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$140.00
Mighty Fit Family at Valley Forge 111406InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 5 but less than 10CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Valley Forge 90680InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 2m CoedFrom October 28, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$18.00
Outdoor Soccer at Valley Forge 90771InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 7CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to October 15, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
Outdoor Soccer at Valley Forge 90772InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 16CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to October 15, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Play School at Valley Forge 90917InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11am
$85.00
Play School at Valley Forge 90918InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1pm
$85.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 90994InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Recreational Tumbling at Valley Forge 90995InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 15CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$14.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 91177InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to October 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 91178InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 4, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111400InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 4, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111401InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to October 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111403InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to October 15, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111402InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 5, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111405InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 5, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111404InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to October 15, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111394InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to October 16, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111395InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 6, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111393InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 6, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Valley Forge 111398InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to October 16, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$25.00
Tap & Ballet at Valley Forge 91369InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6FemaleFrom October 30, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$7.00
Volleyball at Valley Forge 91705InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 90879InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$20.00
Yoga/Pilates at Valley Forge 111392InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$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.

 

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.