Portage Park

  • 4100 N. Long Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60641 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Gonzalo Reyes
  • 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: 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: Playground Art

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 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.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Portage 148317Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 14:30From September 14, 2015 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$183.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Portage 123893Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 19:30From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 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
$612.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Portage 133643OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:00From January 4, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 7am to 9am
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 9am
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 7am to 9am
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 133692InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/05 15:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 133694InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/06 20:45From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 133693InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/07 15:15From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 133707InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 133709InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/06 15:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 133708InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 133706InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/08 15:15From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Art & ABCs at Portage 133733InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Portage 133796InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 16:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$16.00
Arts & Crafts at Portage 149825InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Female2016/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Band at Portage 133844InstructionCulture and Arts - Music7 and upCoed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$29.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 133889OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/07 00:45From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 9pm
$26.00
Basketball at Portage 133968InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 12Female2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$16.00
Basketball at Portage 133967InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:45From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 9pm
$26.00
Basketball at Portage 133966InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 00:45From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball League at Portage 134048Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 00:45From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
$36.00
Bitty Basketball at Portage 134103InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 19, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$36.00
Boxing at Portage 151827InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$10.00
Boxing at Portage 151828InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:45pm
$10.00
Boxing at Portage 151829InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Boxing at Portage 151830InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$20.00
Drawing & Painting at Portage 134322InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2016/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$29.00
Family Swim at Portage 134360OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/01/04 19:45From January 4, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:30pm
$0
Go Girl Go at Portage 149623InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 11Female2016/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Guitar - Group - Beginner at Portage 134531InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 01:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$29.00
Guitar - Group at Portage 134538InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$29.00
Karate Partnership at Portage 134716PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2016 to March 16, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$29.00
Karate Partnership at Portage 134717PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 23:15From January 6, 2016 to March 16, 2016
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$29.00
Kiddie College - Winter Session at Portage 134742InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 15:30From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$62.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 134912InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/10 17:15From January 10, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 134913InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 134909InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 21:45From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 134911InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 21:45From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 134910InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 21:45From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 134905InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 134906InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 134907InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 17:15From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 134908InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Portage 149622InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Boot Camp at Portage 149621InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Portage 135034InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$36.00
Painting at Portage 135109InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$16.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Portage 135185InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 20:30From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 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
$204.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 135196InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 135198InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 135199InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/01/07 21:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 135197InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 135195InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 135201InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 135200InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/01/08 01:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 135208InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 135209InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 135207InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$29.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 135210InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/01/08 02:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$29.00
Play School at Portage 135265InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2016 to March 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$21.00
Recorder at Portage 135312InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 02:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$29.00
Seasonal Sports at Portage 149826InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Portage 135597InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/01/04 19:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Soccer at Portage 135598InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Female2016/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$16.00
Soccer at Portage 135596InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 19:45From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$16.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 135758InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 22:45From January 4, 2016 to March 25, 2016
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 135828InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 135829InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 135827InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/08 16:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 135862InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 135863InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 135865InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 135864InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 135874InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 135872InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 135873InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$32.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 135871InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$32.00
Tot Spot at Portage 135940OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/04 18:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$16.00
Volleyball at Portage 136053InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Portage 136105InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2016/01/04 19:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 4pm
$19.00
Woodcraft at Portage 136103InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:30From January 4, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:15pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$29.00
Woodcraft at Portage 136104InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$29.00
Woodcraft at Portage 136102InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$29.00
Youth Swim at Portage 136188OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 21:45From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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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