Portage Park

  • 4100 N. Long Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60641 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tom Versen
  • 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.

Canoes

Canoes (1)

Location Notes: Playground

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

The Nature of the Place

The Nature of the Place (1)

Location Notes: Senior Center community room, hallway, computer room, and activity room

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Portage Baseball

Portage Baseball

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Portage Boxing Gym

Portage Boxing Gym

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

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.

Descriptors: Grass

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

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

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

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift

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.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Basketball - Open at Portage 154442OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2016 to August 29, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$27.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 154443OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2016 to August 31, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$27.00
Family Swim at Portage 154782OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 16:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11:15am to 1pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Lap Swim at Portage 154929OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 14:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Sunday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 9am
Each Thursday from 7am to 9am
Each Friday from 7am to 9am
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Saturday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$40.00
Open Swim at Portage 155135OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 20:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Sunday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Portage 162032OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Monday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 9am
Each Thursday from 7am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 7am to 9am
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 162072InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 162074InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 19:45From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 162073InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 14:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 162090InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 162092InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 162091InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 162089InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 14:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Art & ABCs at Portage 162114InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$22.00
Band at Portage 162234InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 162269OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$27.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 162270OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$27.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 162268OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Portage 162475InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/27 23:30From September 27, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$32.00
Drawing & Painting at Portage 162695InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Family Swim at Portage 162729OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/19 18:45From September 19, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Monday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:30pm
$0
Guitar at Portage 162965InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 00:30From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$30.00
Guitar at Portage 162966InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$30.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Portage 163127InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$62.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Portage 163131Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to June 9, 2017$186.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163321InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/25 16:15From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163322InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/25 17:30From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163323InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/19 21:45From December 19, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163318InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 20:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163320InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 20:45From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163319InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 20:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163314InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/23 16:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163315InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163316InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 16:15From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 163317InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 17:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Portage 163398InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
$12.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Portage 163399InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$12.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Portage 163431InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1y 5m but less than 3Coed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$37.00
Painting at Portage 163514InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 16:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$17.00
Park Kids - Fall at Portage 163590InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 12, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$208.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Portage 163612Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$624.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 163634InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 163636InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$30.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 163637InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/22 20:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 163635InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 20:30From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$30.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 163633InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 163638InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/09/23 00:30From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$30.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 163652InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$30.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 163653InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 163654InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 163655InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/09/23 01:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$30.00
Play School at Portage 163710InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$22.00
Recorder at Portage 163805InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 01:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$30.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Portage 163981InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Soccer at Portage 164115InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$17.00
Soccer at Portage 164116InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:45From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$17.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 164308InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 21:45From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
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 164396InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 164397InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 164395InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 164437InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/12/19 16:30From December 19, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 164433InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 164434InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 164436InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 15:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 164435InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 15:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 164448InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/25 15:00From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 164449InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/12/19 17:30From December 19, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 164446InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 16:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 164447InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 164445InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tot Spot at Portage 164506OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$17.00
Volleyball at Portage 164621InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 20:45From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$17.00
Winter Break Camp at Portage 164676CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/27 15:00From December 27, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$21.00
Woodcraft at Portage 164692InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
$16.00
Woodcraft at Portage 164690InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Woodcraft at Portage 164688InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$30.00
Woodcraft at Portage 164689InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$30.00
Woodcraft at Portage 164691InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$30.00
Youth Swim at Portage 164781OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 20:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0

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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.

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