Smith Park

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

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Smith 118045InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 4Coed2015/06/27 14:30From June 27, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 118046InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/27 15:30From June 27, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$21.00
Ceramics at Smith 118266InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/06/27 20:00From June 27, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$26.00
Day Camp at Smith 118435CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$300.00
Early Bird Camp at Smith 118549CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$98.00
Extended Camp at Smith 118629CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$98.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 118254InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2015/06/27 17:00From June 27, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$21.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 118255InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2015/06/27 18:15From June 27, 2015 to August 8, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$21.00
Family Swim at Smith 118921OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
Lap Swim at Smith 119414OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 17:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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 119485CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$300.00
Learn to Swim at Smith 119648InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 17:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Open Swim at Smith 120500OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Sunday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Smith 120790OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/13 16:00From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
Play Camp at Smith 120876CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/07/01 15:00From July 1, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$56.00
POST Family Swim at Smith 130744OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 22:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
POST Lap Swim at Smith 130745OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 17:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
POST Open Swim at Smith 130747OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 18:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Sunday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Smith 130748OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/25 16:00From August 25, 2015 to September 6, 2015
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
POST Youth Swim at Smith 131854OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 17:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
POST Youth Swim at Smith 130749OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 17:30From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Sports Camp at Smith 121094CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$51.00
TEAM Sports at Smith 121189InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 22:00From June 16, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Smith 121252Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2015/07/08 21:00From July 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Toddler Camp at Smith 121425CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3Coed2015/06/30 15:00From June 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$56.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Smith 125128InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$36.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 125671InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Smith 125186InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Smith 125369OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to November 23, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$21.00
Basketball - Teen League at Smith 125391Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$36.00
Basketball at Smith 125456InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$36.00
Basketball League at Smith 125491Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$36.00
Basketball League at Smith 125490Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$36.00
Cartooning at Smith 125647InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:45pm
$26.00
Ceramics at Smith 125670InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$51.00
Ceramics at Smith 125672InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/15 22:15From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$26.00
Ceramics at Smith 125673InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/17 22:15From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$26.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 125943InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2015/09/19 19:15From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$21.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 125944InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2015/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$21.00
Family Ceramics at Smith 125945InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture6 and upCoed2015/09/19 21:45From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Floor Hockey League at Smith 126132Team_LeagueSports - Floor Hockey18 and upCoed2015/09/17 23:00From September 17, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9:30pm
$153.00
Gymnastics at Smith 126260InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$21.00
Gymnastics at Smith 126261InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$21.00
Gymnastics at Smith 126262InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/14 17:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$21.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Smith 126996InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
$16.00
Play School at Smith 127533InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2015 to December 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 127597InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 25, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$31.00
Seasonal Sports at Smith 127739InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to November 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Smith 127807InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/18 19:00From September 18, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$10.00
Soccer at Smith 127978InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 18:30From September 17, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$16.00
Teen Club at Smith 128211OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tennis at Smith 148498InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 21:15From September 15, 2015 to October 15, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Smith 128597InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to November 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$31.00
Track & Field at Smith 128641InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 19:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$16.00

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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.