Chicago Park District
Entrance Portage Park Chicago Illinois 60610

Welcome to Portage Park!

 
Portage Park
 
Playground

Playground

 
Baseball Field

Baseball Field

 
Nature Area

Nature Area

 
Nature Area
 
Dog Friendly Area
 
Boxing Showcase at Portage Park

Annual Boxing Showcase

 

Portage Park

4100 N Long Ave Chicago, IL 60641

Hours: Park: 6am - 11pm

Fieldhouse: M-F 7am-9:30pm, Sa, Su 9am-5pm,

Park Supervisor:
Deb Groh

(773) 685-7235

 
 
 

Description

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.

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.

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From kid-friendly events like pumpkin patches and Halloween parties, to drive-in spooky movies and our popular 13 Terrors, there is something for everyone... Read more
 

 

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Monday, February 24 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Monday, April 7 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18. 

Join us! 

 
 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 4100 N. Long Ave. 5
Boxing Gym 4100 N. Long Ave. 1
Concessions Portage Park, 4100 N. Long 1 Food & Beverage, 4pm - 9pm 312.593.8779
Dog Friendly Areas 4100 N. Long 1 .09 acres, located south of Berteau and west of service yard. Doggie drinking fountain.
Fieldhouse 4100 N. Long Ave. 2 Fieldhouse & Cultural Building
Football / Soccer - Grass 4100 N. Long Ave. 2
Gymnasiums 4100 N. Long Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 4100 N. Long Ave. 2 Clubrooms
Playgrounds 4100 N. Long Ave. 0
Roller Hockey Rinks 4100 N. Long Ave. 1
Swimming Pools - Indoor 4100 N. Long Ave. 0 Spring Season Pool Schedule Accessibility feature: Lift
Swimming Pools - Outdoor 4100 N. Long Ave. 0 Outdoor Pool is Closed for the Season. Accessibility feature: Lift
Tennis Courts 4100 N. Long Ave. 6
Water Playgrounds 4100 N. Long Ave. 1 Located within outdoor pool area.
Woodshops 4100 N. Long Ave. 1
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.

Contact: Jennifer Dianovsky

Contact Title: President

Phone: (773) 720-5381

Email: jdianovsky@aol.com

Meeting Date/Time: last Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center

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

 

 

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