Rutherford Sayre Park

  • 6871 W. Belden Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60635 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Kim Gapinski
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5368

Rutherford Sayre Park is located in Chicago’s Montclare community (with Oak Park Avenue at the eastern edge of the park—and close to Chicago’s border with Elmwood Park: two blocks south of where Fullerton Avenue changes its name to Grand Avenue).

The park is over twelve acres in size, and its fieldhouse contains a fitness center, gymnasium, and kitchen. Outside, the park offers two junior baseball fields, a softball field, a combination football-soccer field, two tennis courts, a new ADA soft-surface playground with spray pool, a nature area, plus passive recreation areas.

Rutherford Sayre Park offers a great variety of programming for all ages. Toddlers / preschoolers can enjoy Fun & Games, Moms Pops & Tots Interaction. Recreation includes the fitness center / weight training, baseball, basketball, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, golf, seasonal sports, soccer, team tumbling, volleyball, and (Olympic) weight lifting. In the summer, youth can attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

On the cultural side, Rutherford Sayre Park offers several visual arts programs, including arts & crafts, drawing & (water color) painting, and ceramics. Nature programming involves a community garden. The teen art camp has created several colorful mosaics within the park's grounds.

History

In mid-1999, the Chicago Park District combined three of its parks (Rutherford, Sayre, and Rutherford Sayre) to form Rutherford Sayre Park. The three separate parks, lying adjacent to the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad tracks on the city's northwest side, had long been treated as one by area residents. All three were set aside as parkland just before World War I and came under the control of the Chicago Park District in 1959. The park properties were donated by two local families, the Sayres and Rutherfords, who had farmed and later subdivided the surrounding area. The western portions of the parkland had been part of the Sayre homestead, purchased by William E. Sayre in the early 1830s. Thomas A. Rutherford, the area's first postmaster, donated the eastern section, at the southwest corner of Belden and Oak Park Avenues. In 1916, the Northwest Park District began to improve the area north of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul tracks, erecting a fieldhouse with an assembly hall and a gymnasium. Per a stipulation in the Rutherford deed, the fieldhouse originally included a bowling alley as well, an unusual feature for a Chicago park fieldhouse. In the 1920s, the Chicago Landscape Company designed a spray pool for the park.

Parking/Directions

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

Rutherford Sayre Baseball

Rutherford Sayre Baseball

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Community Garden

Rutherford Sayre Community Garden

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Rutherford Sayre Fieldhouse

Rutherford Sayre Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Hours: , ,

Rutherford Sayre Fitness Center

Rutherford Sayre Fitness CenterAccessible

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Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Rutherford Sayre Football/Soccer

Rutherford Sayre Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Descriptors: Grass

Rutherford Sayre Gymnasium

Rutherford Sayre Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Clubroom

Rutherford Sayre Clubroom

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Playground

Rutherford Sayre PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Rutherford Sayre Roller Hockey Rink

Rutherford Sayre Roller Hockey Rink

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Tennis Court

Rutherford Sayre Tennis Court

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Spray Pool

Rutherford Sayre Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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
Arts & Crafts at Rutherford Sayre 184456InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Rutherford Sayre 184458InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Arts & Crafts at Rutherford Sayre 184460InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 21:45From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 162361InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$21.00
Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 162362InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/24 15:15From September 24, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 162478InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$22.00
Conditioning at Rutherford Sayre 184463InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/09/21 21:45From September 21, 2016 to November 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Dodgeball at Rutherford Sayre 162679InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$21.00
Drawing & Painting at Rutherford Sayre 184594InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2016/09/19 23:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Flag Football at Rutherford Sayre 162807InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to October 21, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Rutherford Sayre 163380InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Kiddie College at Rutherford Sayre 163189InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$62.00
Kiddie College at Rutherford Sayre 163190InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$42.00
Little Artists at Rutherford Sayre 163359InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$12.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Rutherford Sayre 162918InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$12.00
Pre-Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 184464OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/09/23 23:15From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 163852InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 163853InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/09/19 21:45From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Soccer at Rutherford Sayre 164124InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$21.00
Soccer at Rutherford Sayre 164125InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 16:30From September 24, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$11.00
Team Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 164326InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$0
Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 164349OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 14 but less than 19Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Yoga Partnership at Rutherford Sayre 164743PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0

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Rutherford Sayre Park is located in Chicago’s Montclare community (with Oak Park Avenue at the eastern edge of the park—and close to Chicago’s border with Elmwood Park: two blocks south of where Fullerton Avenue changes its name to Grand Avenue).

The park is over twelve acres in size, and its fieldhouse contains a fitness center, gymnasium, and kitchen. Outside, the park offers two junior baseball fields, a softball field, a combination football-soccer field, two tennis courts, a new ADA soft-surface playground with spray pool, a nature area, plus passive recreation areas.

Rutherford Sayre Park offers a great variety of programming for all ages. Toddlers / preschoolers can enjoy Fun & Games, Moms Pops & Tots Interaction. Recreation includes the fitness center / weight training, baseball, basketball, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, golf, seasonal sports, soccer, team tumbling, volleyball, and (Olympic) weight lifting. In the summer, youth can attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

On the cultural side, Rutherford Sayre Park offers several visual arts programs, including arts & crafts, drawing & (water color) painting, and ceramics. Nature programming involves a community garden. The teen art camp has created several colorful mosaics within the park's grounds.

In mid-1999, the Chicago Park District combined three of its parks (Rutherford, Sayre, and Rutherford Sayre) to form Rutherford Sayre Park. The three separate parks, lying adjacent to the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad tracks on the city's northwest side, had long been treated as one by area residents. All three were set aside as parkland just before World War I and came under the control of the Chicago Park District in 1959. The park properties were donated by two local families, the Sayres and Rutherfords, who had farmed and later subdivided the surrounding area. The western portions of the parkland had been part of the Sayre homestead, purchased by William E. Sayre in the early 1830s. Thomas A. Rutherford, the area's first postmaster, donated the eastern section, at the southwest corner of Belden and Oak Park Avenues. In 1916, the Northwest Park District began to improve the area north of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul tracks, erecting a fieldhouse with an assembly hall and a gymnasium. Per a stipulation in the Rutherford deed, the fieldhouse originally included a bowling alley as well, an unusual feature for a Chicago park fieldhouse. In the 1920s, the Chicago Landscape Company designed a spray pool for the park.

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