Smith Park

  • 2526 W. Grand Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60612 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Travis Bogle
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7534

Located in the West Town Community, Smith Park totals 9.82 acres and features a field house with a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a children’s soft surface playground, water spray feature, swimming pool and baseball fields and an athletic field for football or soccer.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility or bring the children for tots programming. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Smith Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Family tot events, Skate Nights and Movies in the Park. Smith is also the host site of the annual Ukrainian Festival.

History

In 1929, when a large city dump in the West Town neighborhood had been completely filled, the Bureau of Sanitation transferred part of the site to the Bureau of Parks and Recreation. The city soon named it the Smith Athletic Field for Joseph Higgins Smith, alderman of the surrounding 32nd ward from 1914 to 1933. (At the time, the city regularly named parks for standing aldermen of the wards in which the sites were located.) Although it had been named, the park had few improvements until the late 1930s, when the city installed playground equipment, constructed a small brick recreation building, and created an athletic field that was flooded in winter for ice skating. By the late 1950s, a World War II tank and artillery piece had been placed in the park. In 1959, the city transferred Smith Park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After making initial improvements, the park district added a spraypool, swimming pool, and bath house in the late 1960s. In 1979, a large modern fieldhouse was constructed in Smith Park. Nine years later, the park district dedicated its gymnasium to Tommy Positano, a high school student who had been active at the park, and who received a Junior Citizenship Award posthumously.

Parking/Directions

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

Smith Diamond

Smith Diamond

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Ceramics Building

Smith Ceramics Building

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Fieldhouse

Smith Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Hours: ,

Smith Football/Soccer

Smith Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Descriptors: Grass

Smith Park Community Garden

Smith Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Smith Gymnasium

Smith Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Clubroom

Smith Clubroom

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Playground

Smith PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 650 N. Campbell Ave.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Smith Park Pool

Smith Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Hours:

Phone: (312)742-2556

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Smith Tennis Court

Smith Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Spray Pool

Smith Spray Pool

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

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.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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
Basketball - Teen League at Smith 165258Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$37.00
Basketball at Smith 165313InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$37.00
Basketball League at Smith 165352Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 23:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$37.00
Basketball League at Smith 165351Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$37.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Smith 171899InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$38.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 171935InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$23.00
Basketball Skills at Smith 187160InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$6.00
Basketball Skills at Smith 187162InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Cartooning at Smith 172486InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:15pm
$28.00
Ceramics at Smith 172508InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$53.00
Ceramics at Smith 172509InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:45pm
$28.00
Ceramics at Smith 172510InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:45pm
$28.00
Dodgeball at Smith 187163InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 172807InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2017/01/14 20:15From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$23.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 172808InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2017/01/14 21:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 172806InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2017/01/14 22:45From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Smith 172905InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 15:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$28.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 172922Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$28.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 172923Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$28.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 172921Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$28.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 172920Team_LeagueSports - Floor Hockey18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$163.00
Golf - SNAG at Smith 173001InstructionSports - GolfAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$18.00
Mixed Media Arts at Smith 173734InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2017/01/13 21:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$27.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Smith 173047InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$23.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Smith 173048InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$23.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Smith 173049InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$23.00
Play School at Smith 174118InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 1pm
$46.00
Rugby at Smith 187165InstructionSports - Rugby18 and upMale2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 174305InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Smith 174376InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 20:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$5.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Smith 172021InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Soccer at Smith 174547InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$18.00
Table Tennis at Smith 187166InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$11.00
Teen Club at Smith 174799OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tennis at Smith 174871InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$18.00
Track & Field at Smith 175166InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$18.00

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Description

Located in the West Town Community, Smith Park totals 9.82 acres and features a field house with a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a children’s soft surface playground, water spray feature, swimming pool and baseball fields and an athletic field for football or soccer.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility or bring the children for tots programming. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Smith Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Family tot events, Skate Nights and Movies in the Park. Smith is also the host site of the annual Ukrainian Festival.

In 1929, when a large city dump in the West Town neighborhood had been completely filled, the Bureau of Sanitation transferred part of the site to the Bureau of Parks and Recreation. The city soon named it the Smith Athletic Field for Joseph Higgins Smith, alderman of the surrounding 32nd ward from 1914 to 1933. (At the time, the city regularly named parks for standing aldermen of the wards in which the sites were located.) Although it had been named, the park had few improvements until the late 1930s, when the city installed playground equipment, constructed a small brick recreation building, and created an athletic field that was flooded in winter for ice skating. By the late 1950s, a World War II tank and artillery piece had been placed in the park. In 1959, the city transferred Smith Park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After making initial improvements, the park district added a spraypool, swimming pool, and bath house in the late 1960s. In 1979, a large modern fieldhouse was constructed in Smith Park. Nine years later, the park district dedicated its gymnasium to Tommy Positano, a high school student who had been active at the park, and who received a Junior Citizenship Award posthumously.

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