Smith Park

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

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

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Smith 110867Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:30From 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball at Smith 104825InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 11 but less than 16Female2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Art & ABCs at Smith 105022InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$36.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 105074InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 105073InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$21.00
Baseball at Smith 105178InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2015 to April 29, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Baseball at Smith 105179InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to April 29, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Baseball at Smith 105180InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 23:00From April 2, 2015 to April 30, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Baseball at Smith 105181InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 00:00From April 2, 2015 to April 30, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$11.00
Baseball League at Smith 105189Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/04/25 23:00From April 25, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$97.00
Baseball League at Smith 105188Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/04/25 23:00From April 25, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1:30pm
$97.00
Baseball League at Smith 105190Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/04/25 23:00From April 25, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$77.00
Baseball League at Smith 131760Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/04/25 20:00From April 25, 2015 to August 1, 2015
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$97.00
Basketball - Open at Smith 105286OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Cartooning at Smith 105541InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:15pm
$21.00
Ceramics at Smith 105562InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$51.00
Ceramics at Smith 105563InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/03/31 22:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$21.00
Ceramics at Smith 105561InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/04/02 22:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$26.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 105811InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2015/04/04 19:15From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$21.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 122169InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2015/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$21.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 105812InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2015/04/04 21:45From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Golf at Smith 105994InstructionSports - GolfAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to April 30, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Gymnastics at Smith 106016InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/30 15:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$21.00
Gymnastics at Smith 106017InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/30 16:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$21.00
Gymnastics at Smith 106018InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$21.00
Indoor Tennis at Smith 106207InstructionSports - TennisAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to April 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Smith 106586InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/04/01 15:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
$16.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Smith Cancelled110865InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 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
$143.00
Play School at Smith 107085InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/31 15:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
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 107141InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$31.00
Rugby at Smith 129551InstructionSports - RugbyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Smith 107272InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 107271InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/04/10 19:00From April 10, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Soccer at Smith 107514InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 18:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$16.00
Teen Club at Smith 107838OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Smith 108125InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$31.00
Track & Field at Smith 108195InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 19:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$16.00
Water Color at Smith 108337InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$21.00

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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.