Portage Park

  • 4100 N. Long Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60641 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Deb Groh
  • Park Phone: (773) 685-7235

Portage Park is located in the Portage Park community.  Portage Park warmly welcomes patrons with a decorative gateway entrance at the corner of Irving Park Road and Central Avenue and an expanse of lush landscaping. Many Chicago residents choose Portage Park for their wedding ceremonies and special outdoor occasions because of its natural, scenic beauty. The 36.5-acre park is much more than a pretty picture—it’s the site for hundreds of valuable sports, early childhood recreation and cultural programs, as well as fantastic family special events.

Portage Park offers something for every kind of play—six tennis courts, a new soft-surface ADA accessible playground, a slab for in-line skating, a new dog friends area, a bike path, a nature walk, five baseball fields, two combination football/soccer fields and two fieldhouses, one housing a gymnasium and the other a cultural arts building.

In the heat of summer, Portage Park is the place to keep cool. Its Olympic-size pool features a large deck for sunning, misting sprays, an interactive water play area with slide and diving boards. The park also contains a smaller heated pool.

For youth, programming includes an exemplary after-school program, woodcraft, recreational tumbling and gymnastics, floor and roller hockey, music, and a wide range of sports each season. Adults can get involved with a walking or senior club, stay fit with an aerobics or conditioning class, or explore their creative side with lessons in piano, concert band, or woodworking.

The park features a boxing center where boxing programs are offered for ages 8 and older. The Chicago Park District’s boxing program has produced a number of professionals including Olympians Michael Bennett, David Diaz, Nate Jones and Leroy Murphy and former champion Montell Griffin. The Chicago Park District operates 20 citywide boxing centers.

In 2003, a 6,500-square-foot senior center was created in coordination with the City of Chicago Department of Aging.

In 2011 a 3,000 square-foot dog friendly area was developed at the north west corner of the park.

History

Portage Park was created in 1913 by the Old Portage Park District, an independent park board formed by local citizens to enhance property values and improve their northwest side neighborhood. The name of the new park district, and that of its first and largest park, makes reference to several nearby routes used by Native Americans and fur traders to portage their canoes between the DesPlaines and Chicago Rivers. The American Park Builders Company prepared the original plan for Portage Park and completed initial construction between 1913 and 1917. The park design included a naturalistic swimming lagoon, which opened to the public in July, 1916. By the 1920s, the new park was thriving. Noted architect Clarence Hatzfeld designed a handsome prairie-style fieldhouse in 1922, followed by an attractive brick gymnasium in 1928. Portage Park quickly became the center of the community, providing athletics and team sports, cultural and club activities, festivities and special events. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District, and the new agency soon secured federal funds through the Works Progress Administration. WPA improvements at Portage Park included additional plantings, whimsical stonework fountains and gateways, and a comfort station. WPA workers also removed the original swimming lagoon and constructed a kidney-shaped concrete pool. In 1959, the park district replaced the concrete pool with an Olympic-sized pool in preparation for hosting the Pan American Games. In 1972, Portage Park hosted the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, where Gold Medalist Mark Spitz set new world's records. In 1998, the swimming pools and plaza area were rehabilitated and an interactive water play area was created for children. The 1922 fieldhouse is now being used as a cultural center, offering art crafts, drama, music, and senior citizens programs.

Parking/Directions

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

Portage Baseball

Portage Baseball

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Portage Boxing Gym

Portage Boxing Gym

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Portage Park - Mila's

Portage Park - Mila's

Location: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)593-8779

Portage Dog Friendly Area

Portage Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long

Notes: .09 acres, located south of Berteau and west of service yard. Doggie drinking fountain.

Portage Fieldhouse

Portage Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Hours: ,

Notes: Fieldhouse & Cultural Building

Portage Football/Soccer Fields

Portage Football/Soccer Fields

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Portage Gymnasium

Portage Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Portage Clubrooms

Portage Clubrooms

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Notes: Clubrooms

Portage Playground

Portage PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Portage Roller Hockey Rink

Portage Roller Hockey Rink

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Portage Park Indoor Pool

Portage Park Indoor PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)685-7189

Notes: Closed for maintenance Saturday, August 30 - Monday, September 8.

9/15-12/7 Portage Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 9/12/2014 - 12/8/2014

Portage Tennis Courts

Portage Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Portage Interactive Water Play Area

Portage Interactive Water Play Area

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Notes: Located within outdoor pool area.

Portage Woodcraft Room

Portage Woodcraft Room

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

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.
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  • 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 89364InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 89366InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 89365InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 89379InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 89381InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 89380InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 89378InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Free
Art & ABCs at Portage 110559InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Portage 89466InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$15.00
Band - Beginner at Portage 89501InstructionCulture and Arts - Music7 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 89634OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 9:15pm
$25.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 110562OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 8:45pm
Free
Basketball at Portage 89636InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$15.00
Basketball at Portage 89635InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Basketball at Portage 89639OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$25.00
Bitty Basketball at Portage 89719InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$30.00
Boxing at Portage 112155InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Boxing at Portage 112154InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Free
Boxing at Portage 112157InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Boxing at Portage 112159InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Free
Boxing at Portage 112158InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Free
Boxing at Portage 112156InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Free
Boxing at Portage 112160InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
Boxing at Portage 112161InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Portage 89905InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Drawing & Painting at Portage 89923InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Floor Hockey at Portage 90070InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$15.00
Floor Hockey at Portage 90069InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Fun and Games at Portage 110560InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Portage 110561InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$12.00
Guitar at Portage 90207InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$28.00
Guitar at Portage 90212InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$28.00
Kiddie College - Fall Session at Portage 110576InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 11:30am
$90.00
Kiddie College at Portage 110573InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$60.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 90512InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 90513InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 90509InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 90511InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 90510InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 90505InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 90506InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 90507InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 90508InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Mom, Pop, Tot Fitness Boot Camp at Portage 110571InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 1 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$10.00
Mom, Pop, Tot Fitness Boot Camp at Portage 110572InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 1 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$10.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Portage 110568InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Portage 110569InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Portage 110570InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$35.00
Painting at Portage 90783InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Portage 90821InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
$200.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Portage 90842Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6:30pm
$600.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 90848InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 90850InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 90852InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 90849InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 110558InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 90853InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 90851InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 90858InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 90859InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 90860InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$28.00
Recorder at Portage 90942InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$28.00
Seasonal Sports at Portage 111482InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 12CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$5.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Portage 91244InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Portage 110565InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Soccer at Portage 110563InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Soccer at Portage 110564InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$15.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 91395InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 91470InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 91471InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 91469InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 91502InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 91503InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 91505InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 91504InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 91510InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 91508InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 91509InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 91507InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Portage 110566InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Portage 110567InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$15.00
Tot Spot at Portage 91579OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Volleyball - 6 on 6 at Portage 91671InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Portage 91759InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$14.00
Woodcraft at Portage 91757InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Portage 91755InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 14CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Portage 91756InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Portage 91758InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$28.00

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Portage Park is located in the Portage Park community.  Portage Park warmly welcomes patrons with a decorative gateway entrance at the corner of Irving Park Road and Central Avenue and an expanse of lush landscaping. Many Chicago residents choose Portage Park for their wedding ceremonies and special outdoor occasions because of its natural, scenic beauty. The 36.5-acre park is much more than a pretty picture—it’s the site for hundreds of valuable sports, early childhood recreation and cultural programs, as well as fantastic family special events.

Portage Park offers something for every kind of play—six tennis courts, a new soft-surface ADA accessible playground, a slab for in-line skating, a new dog friends area, a bike path, a nature walk, five baseball fields, two combination football/soccer fields and two fieldhouses, one housing a gymnasium and the other a cultural arts building.

In the heat of summer, Portage Park is the place to keep cool. Its Olympic-size pool features a large deck for sunning, misting sprays, an interactive water play area with slide and diving boards. The park also contains a smaller heated pool.

For youth, programming includes an exemplary after-school program, woodcraft, recreational tumbling and gymnastics, floor and roller hockey, music, and a wide range of sports each season. Adults can get involved with a walking or senior club, stay fit with an aerobics or conditioning class, or explore their creative side with lessons in piano, concert band, or woodworking.

The park features a boxing center where boxing programs are offered for ages 8 and older. The Chicago Park District’s boxing program has produced a number of professionals including Olympians Michael Bennett, David Diaz, Nate Jones and Leroy Murphy and former champion Montell Griffin. The Chicago Park District operates 20 citywide boxing centers.

In 2003, a 6,500-square-foot senior center was created in coordination with the City of Chicago Department of Aging.

In 2011 a 3,000 square-foot dog friendly area was developed at the north west corner of the park.

Portage Park was created in 1913 by the Old Portage Park District, an independent park board formed by local citizens to enhance property values and improve their northwest side neighborhood. The name of the new park district, and that of its first and largest park, makes reference to several nearby routes used by Native Americans and fur traders to portage their canoes between the DesPlaines and Chicago Rivers. The American Park Builders Company prepared the original plan for Portage Park and completed initial construction between 1913 and 1917. The park design included a naturalistic swimming lagoon, which opened to the public in July, 1916. By the 1920s, the new park was thriving. Noted architect Clarence Hatzfeld designed a handsome prairie-style fieldhouse in 1922, followed by an attractive brick gymnasium in 1928. Portage Park quickly became the center of the community, providing athletics and team sports, cultural and club activities, festivities and special events. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District, and the new agency soon secured federal funds through the Works Progress Administration. WPA improvements at Portage Park included additional plantings, whimsical stonework fountains and gateways, and a comfort station. WPA workers also removed the original swimming lagoon and constructed a kidney-shaped concrete pool. In 1959, the park district replaced the concrete pool with an Olympic-sized pool in preparation for hosting the Pan American Games. In 1972, Portage Park hosted the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, where Gold Medalist Mark Spitz set new world's records. In 1998, the swimming pools and plaza area were rehabilitated and an interactive water play area was created for children. The 1922 fieldhouse is now being used as a cultural center, offering art crafts, drama, music, and senior citizens programs.

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