Smith Park

  • 2526 W. Grand Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60612 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Marilyn Morales (Area Manager)
  • 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

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Abs & Core at Smith Cancelled224493InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:15From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 9:45am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 9:45am
$10.00
Art & ABCs at Smith 205044InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$39.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 205085InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$23.00
Basketball - Open at Smith 205282OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$20.00
Basketball at Smith 205371InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$39.00
Basketball League at Smith 205415Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$39.00
Basketball League at Smith 205325Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$39.00
Basketball League at Smith 205414Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$39.00
Cartooning at Smith 205597InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 16:15From September 16, 2017 to October 28, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$28.00
Ceramics at Smith 205620InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$55.00
Ceramics at Smith 205621InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:15From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$28.00
Ceramics at Smith 205622InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/14 22:15From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$28.00
Dodgeball at Smith 205452InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 205948InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2017/09/16 19:15From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$23.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 205949InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2017/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 205950InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2017/09/16 21:45From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$23.00
Flag Football at Smith 206051InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Smith 206109InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Graffiti Art at Smith Cancelled205086InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Gymnastics at Smith 206257InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/11 14:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$23.00
Gymnastics at Smith 206258InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/11 15:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$23.00
Gymnastics at Smith 206259InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$23.00
Kiddie College at Smith 223761InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 14:30From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$40.00
Nature Fun at Smith Cancelled223764InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
Play School at Smith 207275InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 12:30pm
$47.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Smith 207531InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 27, 2017
$0
Soccer at Smith 207716InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 19:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$18.00
Stroller Fitness at Smith 224492InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 1m but less than 3Coed2017/09/12 15:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$10.00
Teen Club at Smith 208005OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$5.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Smith 223762InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 14:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$20.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Smith 223763InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$20.00
Track & Field at Smith 208314InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$18.00

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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.