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 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

Events

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. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Smith 159817OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Art Camp at Smith 159495CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/08/15 17:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 6pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 6pm
Each Friday from Noon to 6pm
$52.00
Day Camp at Smith 156468CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$315.00
Early Bird Camp at Smith 156574CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$100.00
Extended Camp at Smith 156661CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$100.00
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
Graffiti Art Camp at Smith 160374CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$52.00
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
Leadership Camp at Smith 157065CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$306.00
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
Sports Camp at Smith 158247CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$52.00
TEAM Sports at Smith 158338InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Smith 158403Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/07/13 21:00From July 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Toddler Camp at Smith 158595CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$57.00
Toddler Camp at Smith 159493CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$57.00

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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.