Portage Park

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

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.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Portage 90842Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:30From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$600.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 91395InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 21:45From September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Portage 114420OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2014/12/08 21:30From December 8, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 7am to 9am
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 9am
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 7am to 9am
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 95836InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 95838InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 20:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 95837InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 15:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 95852InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 95854InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 15:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 95853InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 95851InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 15:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Art & ABCs at Portage 95872InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Portage 95937InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 16:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$15.00
Band at Portage 95982InstructionCulture and Arts - Music7 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 96028OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$25.00
Basketball at Portage 96099InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Basketball at Portage 96100InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 23:45From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$15.00
Basketball at Portage 96098InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$25.00
Basketball at Portage 112826InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 00:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Portage 96171Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$35.00
Bitty Basketball at Portage 96209InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$35.00
Boxing at Portage 96233InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Boxing at Portage 96234InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Boxing at Portage 96235InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Boxing at Portage 96236InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 23:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Boxing at Portage 96237InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Boxing at Portage 96238InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Boxing at Portage 96239InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$20.00
Boxing at Portage 96240InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Portage 96407InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Drawing & Painting at Portage 96422InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/01/07 19:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Family Swim at Portage 115728OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2014/12/08 19:45From December 8, 2014 to January 4, 2015
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
Floor Hockey at Portage 96557InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$15.00
Floor Hockey at Portage 96558InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 23:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Fun and Games at Portage 96626InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Fun and Games at Portage 96627InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$15.00
Guitar - Group - Beginner at Portage 96671InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 01:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$28.00
Guitar - Group at Portage 96678InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$28.00
Karate Partnership at Portage 113944PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$29.00
Karate Partnership at Portage 113945PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$29.00
Kiddie College - Winter Session at Portage 96922InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 14:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am
$90.00
Kiddie College at Portage 96923InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$60.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 97027InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/11 17:15From January 11, 2015 to March 22, 2015
Each Sunday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 97028InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/11 18:30From January 11, 2015 to March 22, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 97024InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 97026InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 97025InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 97020InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 97021InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 97022InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:15From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 97023InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Mighty Fit Family at Portage 112827InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 15:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$10.00
Mighty Fit Family at Portage 112828InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 15:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$10.00
Mommy & Me Yoga at Portage 112829InstructionWellness - YogaAt least but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$15.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Portage 97186InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 14:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$35.00
Painting at Portage 97432InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Portage 112823InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Portage 112824InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Portage 114366OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/12/09 16:00From December 9, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Portage 97471InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$200.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 97487InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/01/06 21:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 97489InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 97490InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 97488InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 113943InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 97493InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Portage 97491InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/01/09 01:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 97498InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 97499InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 97492InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Portage 97500InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/01/09 02:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$28.00
Play School at Portage 115709InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationLess than 5Coed2015/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Recorder at Portage 97581InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 02:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$28.00
Senior Swim at Portage 114360OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2014/12/09 15:15From December 9, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Soccer at Portage 97886InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Soccer at Portage 97884InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$15.00
Soccer at Portage 97885InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$15.00
Soccer at Portage 97887InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 98027InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 115731InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/12/08 23:00From December 8, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 98094InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 98095InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Portage 98093InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 98120InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 98121InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 98123InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Portage 98122InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 16:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 98128InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2015 to March 22, 2015
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 98126InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 98127InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Portage 98125InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Portage 112825InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$15.00
Tot Spot at Portage 98185OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$15.00
Volleyball at Portage 98297InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/09 23:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$15.00
Woodcraft at Portage 98352InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2015/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 4pm
$18.00
Woodcraft at Portage 98351InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Portage 98349InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Portage 98350InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Portage 98353InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$28.00
Youth Swim at Portage 114412OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/08 18:30From December 8, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Sunday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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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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