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 a playground, a water spray feature, a swimming pool, baseball fields and an athletic field for football or soccer. Smith Park also has a ceramics studio. 

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 skating parties, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks special events. Smith Park is 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 Park Pool

Smith Park PoolAccessible (1)

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

Hours:

Phone: (312)742-2556

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

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

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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 178366InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$39.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 178398InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$24.00
Baseball at Smith 178499InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to May 3, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$14.00
Baseball at Smith 178500InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to May 3, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$14.00
Baseball at Smith 178501InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to May 4, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$14.00
Baseball at Smith 178502InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to May 4, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$14.00
Baseball League at Smith 178510Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/04/29 23:00From April 29, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$105.00
Baseball League at Smith 178509Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/04/29 23:00From April 29, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 1:30pm
$105.00
Baseball League at Smith 178511Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/29 20:00From April 29, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$105.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 at Smith 197891InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 at Smith 197892InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$5.00
Basketball - Open at Smith 178619OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$24.00
Cartooning at Smith 178894InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 16:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:30pm
$24.00
Ceramics at Smith 178915InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/04/04 18:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 3:15pm
$55.00
Ceramics at Smith 178916InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/04/04 22:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$29.00
Ceramics at Smith 178914InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/04/06 22:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$29.00
Dodgeball at Smith 179138InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/04/04 09:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4am to 5am
$7.00
Dodgeball at Smith 193669InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Family Ceramics at Smith 179188InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2017/04/08 19:15From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$24.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 179190InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2017/04/08 20:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 179189InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2017/04/08 21:45From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$24.00
Graffiti Art at Smith 193671InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 21:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Smith 197889InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 19:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:45pm
$25.00
Nature Fun at Smith 193670InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/04/05 20:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$5.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Smith 192889InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$24.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Smith 192890InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$24.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Smith 192891InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$24.00
Parent & Tot T-Ball at Smith 180327InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/08 14:00From April 8, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$13.00
Parent & Tot T-Ball at Smith 193667InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to May 6, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$13.00
Play School at Smith 180631InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 12:30pm
$47.00
Rugby at Smith Cancelled193668InstructionSports - RugbyAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2017/04/16 18:00From April 16, 2017 to June 11, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3pm
$10.00
T-Ball League at Smith 181290InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/05/13 23:00From May 13, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$80.00
Teen Club at Smith 181403OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 19:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Smith 181740InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 19:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
Track & Field at Smith 181816InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 19:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$19.00

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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 a playground, a water spray feature, a swimming pool, baseball fields and an athletic field for football or soccer. Smith Park also has a ceramics studio. 

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 skating parties, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks special events. Smith Park is 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.