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

Nicole Swara

Nicole Swara

Location Notes: Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave.

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

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

Smith Park Community Garden

Smith Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 2526 W. Grand Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

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: 2526 W. Grand Ave. Chicago IL 60612

Smith Park Pool

Smith Park PoolAccessible (1)

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

Hours:

Phone: (312)742-2556

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

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Art & ABCs at Smith 136419InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$36.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 136468InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$21.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 at Smith 136551InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 16Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Smith 136636OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$21.00
Cartooning at Smith 136992InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:15pm
$26.00
Ceramics at Smith 137014InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$51.00
Ceramics at Smith 137015InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:45pm
$26.00
Ceramics at Smith 137016InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:45pm
$26.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 137273InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2016/01/09 20:15From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$21.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 137274InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2016/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$21.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 137272InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2016/01/09 22:45From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Floor Hockey at Smith 137373InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$26.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 137386Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$26.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 137387Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$26.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 137385Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$26.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 137384Team_LeagueSports - Floor Hockey18 and upCoed2016/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$153.00
Golf - SNAG at Smith 150204InstructionSports - GolfAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Gymnastics at Smith 137509InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/04 16:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$21.00
Gymnastics at Smith 137510InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/04 17:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$21.00
Gymnastics at Smith 137511InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/04 18:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$21.00
Kiddie College at Smith 150205InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$66.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Smith 138104InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
$16.00
Mixed Media Arts at Smith 150978InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$25.00
Play School at Smith 138499InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$66.00
Recreational Tumbling at Smith Cancelled138570InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 138677InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Smith 138753InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Soccer at Smith 138936InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$16.00
Teen Club at Smith 139167OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$0
Tennis at Smith 150203InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Smith 139474InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$31.00
Track & Field at Smith 139523InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$16.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Smith 142706InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 16:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$37.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 142742InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$22.00
Baseball at Smith 142844InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to April 27, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$12.00
Baseball at Smith 142845InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2016 to April 27, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$12.00
Baseball at Smith 142846InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to April 28, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$12.00
Baseball at Smith 142847InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2016 to April 28, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$12.00
Baseball League at Smith 142853Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/04/23 23:00From April 23, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$99.00
Baseball League at Smith 142852Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/04/23 23:00From April 23, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1:30pm
$99.00
Baseball League at Smith 142855Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/04/23 20:00From April 23, 2016 to July 30, 2016
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$99.00
Basketball - Open at Smith 142954OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/03/28 23:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Cartooning at Smith 143222InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Ceramics at Smith 143246InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/03/29 18:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$52.00
Ceramics at Smith 143247InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/03/29 22:15From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$22.00
Ceramics at Smith 143245InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/03/31 22:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$27.00
Dodgeball at Smith 153797InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$5.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 143507InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2016/04/02 19:15From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$22.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 143509InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2016/04/02 20:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 143508InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2016/04/02 21:45From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$22.00
Flag Football at Smith 153798InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:15pm
$0
Golf at Smith 143678InstructionSports - GolfAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to April 28, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$17.00
Gymnastics at Smith 143707InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/03/28 15:30From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$22.00
Gymnastics at Smith 143708InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/03/28 16:30From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Gymnastics at Smith 143709InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/03/28 17:30From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
Mixed Media Arts at Smith 142743InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Parent & Tot T-Ball at Smith 153799InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/04/02 14:00From April 2, 2016 to April 30, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$11.00
Play School at Smith 144709InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 12:30pm
$45.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 145040InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/04/05 22:00From April 5, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 145039InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/04/08 19:00From April 8, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Soccer at Smith 145324InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 19:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$17.00
Table Tennis at Smith 153800InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$11.00
T-Ball at Smith 142854InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$79.00
T-Ball at Smith 153796InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Teen Club at Smith 145649OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tennis Lessons: Level 3 at Smith 153801InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/05/03 22:00From May 3, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Smith 145954InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$32.00
Track & Field at Smith 146027InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$17.00

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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.