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 Outdoor Pool

Portage Park Outdoor PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773)685-4987

Descriptors: Outdoor, Water Playground Attached or Nearby, 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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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 208753Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:30From September 11, 2017 to June 1, 2018$195.00
Park Kids - Fall at Portage 203629InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 19:45From September 11, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6:30pm
$218.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Portage 208758Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 19:30From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$654.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 204287InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 21:45From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
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
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 204434InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/12/11 17:30From December 11, 2017 to December 15, 2017
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
Winter Break Camp at Portage 204689CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 15:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$22.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Portage 208892OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 14:00From January 8, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 208940InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 15:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 208942InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 20:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 208941InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 15:15From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 208954InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 208956InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 15:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 208955InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 208953InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 15:15From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Art & ABCs at Portage 226025InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$24.00
Arts & Crafts at Portage 209026InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 16:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$19.00
Ballet - Beginner at Portage 226020InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$24.00
Band at Portage 209059InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$33.00
Basketball at Portage 209180InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2018/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$29.00
Basketball at Portage 209179InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 00:45From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 8:30pm
$0
Boxing at Portage 209324InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Boxing at Portage 209325InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$16.00
Boxing at Portage 209326InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$16.00
Boxing at Portage 209327InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2018/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$16.00
Boxing at Portage 209328InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Boxing at Portage 209329InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$16.00
Boxing at Portage 209330InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$16.00
Boxing at Portage 209331InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$16.00
Drawing & Painting at Portage 209513InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2018/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$33.00
Family Swim at Portage 209543OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Portage 226024InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Guitar - Group - Beginner at Portage 209708InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 01:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$33.00
Guitar - Group at Portage 209716InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$33.00
Gymnastics at Portage 226029InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Gymnastics at Portage 226030InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Kiddie College - Winter at Portage 209887InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 16:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 1pm
$65.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 210049InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/14 17:15From January 14, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 210050InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/14 18:30From January 14, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 210046InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 210048InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 21:45From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 210047InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 21:45From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 210042InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/12 17:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 210043InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 210044InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 17:15From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 210045InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 18:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Portage 210172InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$40.00
Painting at Portage 210241InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$19.00
Park Kids - Winter at Portage 210293InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6:30pm
$218.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 210313InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2018/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$33.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 210315InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$33.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 210316InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2018/01/11 21:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$33.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 210314InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$33.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 210318InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$33.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 210317InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2018/01/12 01:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$33.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 210332InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$33.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 210331InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$33.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 210333InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$33.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 210334InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2018/01/12 02:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$33.00
Play School at Portage 210370InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$40.00
Recorder at Portage 210414InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 02:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$33.00
Seasonal Sports at Portage 226026InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Portage 226028InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 210856InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 22:45From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
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
$35.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Portage 226021InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 210945InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 210946InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 210944InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/12 16:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 210983InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 210984InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 210986InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 210985InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 210997InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 210995InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 210996InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 210994InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 17:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Portage 226022InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Youth Swim at Portage 211232OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 21:45From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Spring at Portage 215709InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/04/02 15:30From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 1pm
$65.00
Park Kids - Spring at Portage 216107InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 22, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6:30pm
$218.00

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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.

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