Smith Park

  • 2526 W. Grand Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60612 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • 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 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

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Family Swim at Smith 156728OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Lap Swim at Smith 156993OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 17:30From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Smith 157225InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 17:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Smith 157357OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Open Swim at Smith 157357OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Open Swim at Smith 157357OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:45From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Smith 157421OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Smith 165010InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$37.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 165044InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 165043InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Smith 165223OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$22.00
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
Basketball Skills at Smith 183957InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$5.00
Basketball Skills at Smith 183958InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$5.00
Cartooning at Smith 165511InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 5, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:15pm
$27.00
Ceramics at Smith 165532InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$52.00
Ceramics at Smith 165533InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$27.00
Ceramics at Smith 165534InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/22 22:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$27.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 165848InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2016/09/24 19:15From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$22.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 165849InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2016/09/24 20:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 165850InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2016/09/24 21:45From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$22.00
Flag Football at Smith 183956InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Smith 185100InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Floor Hockey League at Smith 166021Team_LeagueSports - Floor Hockey18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9:30pm
$156.00
Gymnastics at Smith 166126InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$22.00
Gymnastics at Smith 166127InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$22.00
Gymnastics at Smith 166128InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/19 17:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$22.00
Play School at Smith 167480InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 12:30pm
$45.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 167816InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Smith 167873InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 19:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$11.00
Soccer at Smith 168063InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 18:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$17.00
Teen Club at Smith 168307OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tennis at Smith 168393InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:15From September 20, 2016 to October 20, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$21.00
Track & Field at Smith 168771InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 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.