Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596), with the fieldhouse and Chicago Park District administration offices building in the background, and lawn and young trees in the foreground.
Teen Fit Box at Park 596
Location:

4830 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60609

Supervisor: Martha Montes
Phone Numbers: (312) 742-4600
Features: Metered Lot Parking, Free Street Parking, Has Wi-Fi

 

Hours

Park Hours
Weekday Time slot Comment
Sunday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Monday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Fieldhouse Hours
Weekday Time slot Comment
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Thursday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am-8:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Description

Located in the Brighton Park Community, Park 596 totals 17 acres and includes a new 58,100-square-foot two-story facility. The multi-purpose, circular building is both the Chicago Park District headquarters and a fieldhouse equipped with all types of state-of-the-art amenities and energy efficiencies.

In addition to building smarter, the new 17-acre park and facility represent a transformative investment in the Brighton Park community and surrounding neighborhoods. The public fieldhouse boasts a 20,000-square-foot footprint equipped with a gymnasium, fitness center, bathrooms, locker rooms, teen center, community multi-purpose rooms, and a terrace that doubles as an event space. Once a vacant, unkept property, the new park is a welcoming outdoor green space with two artificial turf athletic fields with lighting and a scoreboard ready for soccer, football, and lacrosse games, and a grand lawn where patrons will enjoy concerts, movies, and performances. As with every park, our goal is to have every inch of this park bustling with activity. While kids amuse themselves in the playground, spray pool, and nature play space, seniors will have access to the fitness center and walkways to recreate.

From the reclaimed Chicago common brick to the natural habitats for birds and pollinators, this new park and facility were designed to have minimal impact on the environment. Native trees, flowers, and grasses will fill the natural area and create an urban oasis while absorbing stormwater, and reducing urban heat island effects.

Come experience this exciting new addition to the Brighton Park Community and the Chicago Park District! The park is conveniently located next to the Western Avenue Orange Line Station.

History

After selling its current administrative offices to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2014, the Park District searched for a new administrative headquarters site. Twenty locations throughout the City were considered, and a site at 48th and Western was selected due to the City’s prioritization for neighborhood investment, the need for additional open space acreage in the community, the site’s direct access to public transportation, and the large size and neighborhood context of the available property. 

The Park District acquired the site in 2018, and in the within a year hired John Ronan Architects to design the park and fieldhouse. The project was issued for bid in summer 2020, broke ground in July 2021, and opened to the public and Park District staff in June 2023.  

The site consists of multiple parcels grouped into one, that previously housed a number of factories and processing facilities. These included Chicago Tube & Iron, Wilson Steel & Iron, and the former “World’s Famous Chocolate” facility. As these parcels housed industrial uses, environmental remediation was necessary to render the entire site fit for public park use. Remediation efforts began in 2019 and were completed a year later.

Community input was vital in designing the park’s indoor and outdoor spaces. The process included stakeholder and larger community meetings throughout 2020 and 2021, and ended with a community meeting focusing on park programming and project updates in March 2023. The project obtained Plan Commission approval in September 2020, and full City Council approval in October 2020. 

The INVEST South/West (ISW) initiative incentivizes significant investment to the neighborhoods of historic disinvestment and future opportunity to catalyze lasting change. Building a signature park and relocating the Chicago Park District headquarters to a community of need is a key success of the ISW initiative. Though not directly located in an ISW community, Park 596 shares a border at Western Avenue with the ISW New City Community Area, and is less than ½ mile from the New City priority corridor western terminus at Hoyne Avenue. Park 596 will leave a legacy of impact to the community in jobs, investment, open space and opportunity.
 

Parking/Directions

Parking is available in a metered lot for park patrons and visitors to the Chicago Park District Headquarters building. The parking fees are:

  • 0 - 3 hours:  Free
  • 3 - 5 hours:  $3.00
  • 5 - 10 hours:  $10.00
  • 10 - 17 hours:  $20.00

Electric vehicle charging stations are available at the east end of the lot. Visitors are asked to only park in these spots while their vehicle is charging. Vehicles must be moved to a different space once they are done charging so others may have access.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

 

 

Map & Facilities

Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Group Fitness Room

4830 S. Western Ave.
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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Club Room

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Playground

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Teen Center

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Nature Play Space

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Spray Feature

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Grand Lawn

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Natural Area

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Football/Soccer Field 1

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Football/Soccer Field 2

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Terrace - Ground Level

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Terrace - Upper Level

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) North Courtyard

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) South Courtyard

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Fieldhouse

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Gymnasium

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Fitness Center

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Located on the south side of the building, the courtyard features trees and tables and chairs.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) South Courtyard

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Located near the spray feature and nature play space, the green and gray curvy equipment makes up a large and fun-filled playground.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Playground

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Surrounded by a large lawn and trees, the park fieldhouse and Chicago Park District Administration Headquarters building is situated within Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596).
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Fieldhouse

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Situated between the playground and nature area, the nature play space features a slide surrounded by natural elements set up for kids to climb, play, and explore.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Nature Play Space

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Natural light pours in from large windows located throughout the gym. The space features brick walls, light wood flooring, Chicago Park District seal at half-court, and a score board on a corner wall.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Gymnasium

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The spray feature sits on the north end of the park, with the playground and nature play space behind it.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Spray Feature

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Treadmills sit on a bank of windows so you can enjoy the park outdoor spaces while working out.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Fitness Center

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The Grand Lawn, a large grassy area is featured with the playground in the background, on a sunny day.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Grand Lawn

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A number of exercise bikes sit in the Brighton Park Campus/Park 596 group fitness room, looking out over the North courtyard.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Group Fitness Room

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Purple coneflower and prairie in foreground with round building in background
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Natural Area

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Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Club Room

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Located on the west side of the park, the artificial turf athletic fields sit adjacent to each other, with scoreboards situated on the south end of the fields.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Football/Soccer Field 1

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A cozy space with couches, bean bags, a large TV, and a wall of windows to see the outdoor park space, awaits teens in the  Brighton Park Community Campus/Park 596 teen center.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Teen Center

4830 S. Western Ave.
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Located on the west side of the park, the artificial turf athletic fields sit adjacent to each other, with scoreboards situated on the south end of the fields.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Football/Soccer Field 2

4830 S. Western Ave.
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Located on the west side of the building, adjacent to the grand lawn, the ground level terrace has a patio with tables and chairs.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Terrace - Ground Level

4830 S. Western Ave.
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Located on the second floor, on the west side of the building, the upper level terrace has tables and chairs, and views of many of the outdoor features including the athletic fields, playground and grand lawn.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) Terrace - Upper Level

4830 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60609
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Located between the Chicago Park District Administration Office and the Brighton Park Community Campus/Park 596 fieldhouse on the north side, the courtyard features trees and tables and chairs, with views of the fitness center and group fitness room.
Brighton Park Community Campus (Park No. 596) North Courtyard

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