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

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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.

Events

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. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  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
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Portage 154350InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Portage 154351InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 14:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 154371InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 14:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 154372InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 14:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 154376InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 14:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Band at Portage 154404InstructionCulture and Arts - Music7 and upCoed2016/06/30 22:00From June 30, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
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
Basketball at Portage 154468InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Boxing at Portage 159040InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$15.00
Boxing at Portage 159042InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 21:30From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$15.00
Boxing at Portage 159045InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:30From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$15.00
Boxing at Portage 159047InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$15.00
Boxing at Portage 159041InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/06/21 20:30From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$15.00
Boxing at Portage 159043InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 21:30From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$15.00
Boxing at Portage 159046InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:30From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Boxing at Portage 159048InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
CPD Swim Club at Portage 154555InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 12:30From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 10:30am
$75.00
CPD Swim Club at Portage 154556InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 00:15From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$75.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Portage 154558InstructionAquatics - Specialized16 and upFemale2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$75.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Portage 154557InstructionAquatics - Specialized16 and upMale2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm
$75.00
Day Camp at Portage 154658CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$357.00
Extended Camp at Portage 154753CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 20:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$104.00
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
Guitar at Portage 154855InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/06/30 21:30From June 30, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$20.00
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
Leadership Camp at Portage 154963CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$133.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 155055InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 20:15From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 155056InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 20:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 155057InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/22 20:15From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 155058InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 20:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 155054InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/24 20:15From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$30.00
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
Piano at Portage 155192InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/06/30 20:30From June 30, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$20.00
Piano at Portage 155193InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/06/30 21:00From June 30, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Piano at Portage 155194InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/01 00:00From June 30, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Piano at Portage 155195InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2016/07/08 00:30From July 7, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 155676InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 16:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$28.00
Woodcraft at Portage 155847InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 20:00From June 23, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$16.00
Woodcraft at Portage 155845InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/06/23 14:00From June 23, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$16.00
Woodcraft at Portage 155846InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/06/23 18:00From June 23, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$16.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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