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

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

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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
Arts & Crafts at Smith 92075InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$20.00
Basketball - Teen League at Smith 92344Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2014/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$35.00
Basketball at Smith 92342InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2014/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$35.00
Basketball League at Smith 92346Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2014/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$35.00
Basketball League at Smith 92345Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2014/09/17 23:00From September 17, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$35.00
Cartooning at Smith 92526InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:45pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Smith 110330InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2014/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$50.00
Ceramics at Smith Cancelled110331InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2014/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Smith 93127InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2014/09/16 22:15From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Smith 93128InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2014/09/18 22:15From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$25.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 92809InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2014/09/20 19:15From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$20.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 92810InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2014/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 93129InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2014/09/20 21:45From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Smith 110862InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:30From September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$140.00
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
Seasonal Sports Club at Smith 94670InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$5.00
Teen Club at Smith 94864OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Smith 98637InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$35.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 98698InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 98696InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$20.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 at Smith 113577InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Smith 98864OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Cartooning at Smith 99207InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:15pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Smith 99229InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$50.00
Ceramics at Smith 99230InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/06 23:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$25.00
Ceramics at Smith 99231InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/01/08 23:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$25.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 99479InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2015/01/10 20:15From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$20.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 99480InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2015/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 112802InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAnyCoed2015/01/10 22:45From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Smith 99639InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$25.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 99651Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$25.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 99652Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$25.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 99650Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$25.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 99649Team_LeagueSports - Floor Hockey18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$150.00
Gymnastics at Smith 102082InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$20.00
Gymnastics at Smith 102083InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$20.00
Gymnastics at Smith 102084InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$20.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Smith 100358InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/07 16:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
$15.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Smith 110864InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 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
$140.00
Play School at Smith 101038InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 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
$65.00
Recreational Tumbling at Smith 101120InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 101228InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Smith 113575InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Soccer at Smith 101478InstructionSports - SoccerAt least but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 19:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$15.00
Teen Club at Smith 101698OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Smith 101990InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Track & Field at Smith 102036InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2015 to March 11, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$15.00

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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.