Rutherford Sayre Park

  • 6871 W. Belden Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60635 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: Park: 6am - 11pm
  • Park Supervisor: Kim Gapinski
  • 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

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Rutherford Sayre Baseball

Rutherford Sayre Baseball

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Community Garden

Rutherford Sayre Community Garden

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Rutherford Sayre Fieldhouse

Rutherford Sayre Fieldhouse

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Fitness Center

Rutherford Sayre Fitness Center

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Notes: M-F, 10-8pm; Sa, 10-12:30pm; Su, Closed Sign up for a membershipADA accessible equipment

Rutherford Sayre Football/Soccer

Rutherford Sayre Football/Soccer

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Gymnasium

Rutherford Sayre Gymnasium

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Clubroom

Rutherford Sayre Clubroom

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Playground

Rutherford Sayre PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Roller Hockey Rink

Rutherford Sayre Roller Hockey Rink

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Tennis Court

Rutherford Sayre Tennis Court

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Spray Pool

Rutherford Sayre Spray Pool

Location: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Fall Programs

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Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Art & ABCs at Rutherford Sayre 89471InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Rutherford Sayre 91816InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Rutherford Sayre 90308InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 9 but less than 14CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 89648InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 89647InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 89721InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Rutherford Sayre 89908InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Rutherford Sayre 89649InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$5.00
Fun and Games at Rutherford Sayre 90134InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$10.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Rutherford Sayre 89472InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
$20.00
Kiddie College at Rutherford Sayre 90402InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$60.00
Kiddie College at Rutherford Sayre 91074InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$40.00
Mighty Munchkins at Rutherford Sayre 91546InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$20.00
Painting at Rutherford Sayre 89473InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 9 but less than 14CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 90986InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 91248InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Rutherford Sayre 89470InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Rutherford Sayre 111532InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$10.00
Team Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 91412InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Free
Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 89650OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Free
Tot Spot at Rutherford Sayre 90675OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
$20.00
Trash to Treasure at Rutherford Sayre 91731InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$10.00

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 3
Community Gardens 6871 W. Belden Ave. Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Fieldhouse 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 0
Fitness Centers 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 1 M-F, 10-8pm; Sa, 10-12:30pm; Su, Closed Sign up for a membershipADA accessible equipment
Football / Soccer 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 1
Gymnasiums 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 1
Meeting/Event Space 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 1
Playgrounds 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 0
Roller Hockey Rinks 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 1
Tennis Courts 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 2
Water Spray Features 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635 1
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.