Smith Park

  • 2526 W. Grand Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60612 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Travis Bogle
  • 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: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Ceramics Building

Smith Ceramics Building

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Nicole Swara

Nicole Swara

Location: Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave.

Notes: Food & Beverage, 11am - 8pm, 773.415.1484

Smith Fieldhouse

Smith Fieldhouse

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Football/Soccer

Smith Football/Soccer

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Park Community Garden

Smith Park Community Garden

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Smith Gymnasium

Smith Gymnasium

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Clubroom

Smith Clubroom

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Playground

Smith PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Park Pool

Smith Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Tennis Court

Smith Tennis Court

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Spray Pool

Smith Spray Pool

Location: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Events

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 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 Smith 92022InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$35.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 92075InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Smith 92347OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$20.00
Basketball - Teen League at Smith 92344Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$35.00
Basketball at Smith 92342InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$35.00
Basketball League at Smith 92346Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$35.00
Basketball League at Smith 92345Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$35.00
Cartooning at Smith 92526InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:45pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Smith Cancelled110331InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Smith 110330InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$50.00
Ceramics at Smith 93127InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Smith 93128InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$25.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 92809InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$20.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 92810InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 93129InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 92952Team_LeagueSports - Floor Hockey18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9:30pm
$150.00
Gymnastics at Smith 95354InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$20.00
Gymnastics at Smith 95355InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$20.00
Gymnastics at Smith 95356InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$20.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Smith 93762InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
$15.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Smith 110862InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$140.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Smith 110867Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$420.00
Play School at Smith 94221InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$65.00
Recreational Tumbling at Smith 94292InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 94429InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 94430InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Smith 94670InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$5.00
Soccer at Smith 94584InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Teen Club at Smith 94864OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Free
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Smith 95247InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Track & Field at Smith 95294InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$15.00

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 3
Ceramics Studios 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 1
Concessions Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave. 1 Food & Beverage, 11am - 8pm, 773.415.1484
Fieldhouse 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 0
Football / Soccer 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 1
Gardens 2526 W. Grand Ave. Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Gymnasiums 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 1
Meeting/Event Space 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 4
Playgrounds 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 0
Swimming Pools 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 0
Tennis Courts 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 2
Water Spray Features 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612 1
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.