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.

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 Park Indoor Pool

Portage Park Indoor PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 4100 N. Long Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)685-7189

closed for the season

Notice Valid From: 6/11/2015 - 9/1/2015

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

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 115948InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/15 14:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Portage 115970InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/19 14:00From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 115963InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/16 14:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Portage 115964InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/18 14:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Portage 115971InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 14:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Band at Portage 115999InstructionCulture and Arts - Music7 and upCoed2015/06/25 22:00From June 25, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$19.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 116034OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/06/16 00:00From June 15, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Portage 116036OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/18 00:00From June 17, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$26.00
Basketball at Portage 116054InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/06/18 23:45From June 18, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Basketball at Portage 116035InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/06/19 01:00From June 18, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
$16.00
Basketball at Portage 131297InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 00:00From June 19, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$0
CPD Swim Club at Portage 116140InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 12:30From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 7:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 7:30am to 10:30am
$75.00
CPD Swim Club at Portage 116141InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 00:15From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7:15pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$75.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Portage 116143InstructionAquatics - Specialized16 and upFemale2015/06/15 22:00From June 15, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm
$75.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Portage 116142InstructionAquatics - Specialized16 and upMale2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm
$75.00
Day Camp at Portage 116236CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$340.00
Dodgeball at Portage 116259InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/19 21:30From June 19, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$16.00
Extended Camp at Portage 116324CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 20:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$102.00
Family Swim at Portage 116485OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 16:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
$0
Guitar at Portage 116582InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/06/25 21:30From June 25, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$19.00
Karate Partnership at Portage 131954PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/06/17 21:30From June 17, 2015 to August 26, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$58.00
Karate Partnership at Portage 131955PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/06/17 21:30From June 17, 2015 to August 26, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$29.00
Lap Swim at Portage 116703OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 14:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Sunday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 9am
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 7am to 9am
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Saturday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$40.00
Leadership Camp at Portage 116755CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$130.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 116845InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/15 20:15From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 116846InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/16 20:15From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 116847InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/17 20:15From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 116848InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/18 20:15From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Portage 116844InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/19 20:15From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Open Swim at Portage 117364OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 20:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
$0
Piano at Portage 117478InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/06/25 20:30From June 25, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$19.00
Piano at Portage 117479InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/06/25 21:00From June 25, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$19.00
Piano at Portage 117480InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/06/26 00:00From June 25, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Piano at Portage 117481InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/07/03 00:30From July 2, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8pm
$19.00
POST Adult Swim at Portage 132448OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/26 14:00From August 26, 2015 to September 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
POST Family Swim at Portage 131159OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 16:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Lap Swim at Portage 131160OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 14:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Sunday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 9am
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 7am to 9am
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Saturday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$40.00
POST Open Swim at Portage 131161OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 20:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Senior Swim at Portage 131164OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/24 14:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
POST Youth Swim at Portage 131166OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 20:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Portage 117611InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/06/16 23:45From June 16, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Portage 117612InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/06/17 01:00From June 16, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
$16.00
TEAM Sports at Portage 117716InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 16:30From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
$28.00
Woodcraft at Portage 117874InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 20:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$15.00
Woodcraft at Portage 117872InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/06/25 14:00From June 25, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$15.00
Woodcraft at Portage 117873InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$15.00

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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.