Rutherford Sayre Park

  • 6871 W. Belden Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60707 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • 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

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Rutherford Sayre Fitness Center

Rutherford Sayre Fitness CenterAccessible

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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

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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 view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 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
Art & ABCs at Rutherford Sayre 224545InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$13.00
Art & ABCs at Rutherford Sayre Cancelled203414InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$13.00
Arts & Crafts at Rutherford Sayre 202280InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Rutherford Sayre 202373OpenSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/12/26 19:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Monday from 1pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 5pm
$0
Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 202450InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$23.00
Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 202451InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/09/16 15:15From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$13.00
Dodgeball at Rutherford Sayre 202768InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/09/12 21:15From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Dodgeball at Rutherford Sayre 222253InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/09/13 21:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$13.00
Dodgeball Tournament at Rutherford Sayre 204197TournamentSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/12/11 22:00From December 11, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Drawing & Painting at Rutherford Sayre 202785InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Rutherford Sayre 222256InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$13.00
Flag Football at Rutherford Sayre 202894InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Kickball at Rutherford Sayre 202940InstructionSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Kiddie College at Rutherford Sayre 203257InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$65.00
Kiddie College at Rutherford Sayre 203258InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$44.00
Little Artists at Rutherford Sayre 202655InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$13.00
Mixed Media - Drawing at Rutherford Sayre 202282InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Play School at Rutherford Sayre 203442InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$13.00
Pre-Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 203764OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/09/22 23:15From September 22, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 203821InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/09/11 20:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 203822InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Soccer at Rutherford Sayre 204090InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$23.00
Soccer at Rutherford Sayre 204091InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/09/16 16:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$13.00
Team Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 204303InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/15 20:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
$0
Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 204329OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 15 but less than 18Coed2017/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Rutherford Sayre 202547InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$23.00
Yoga Partnership at Rutherford Sayre 204756PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
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.