Vittum Park

  • 5010 W. 50th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Michael Floyd
  • Park Phone: (773) 284-6022

Located in the Garfield Ridge community, Vittum Park totals 12.35 acres and features a fieldhouse which houses a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for soccer or football and a playground.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports and table games. 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, Vittum Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday special events.

History

The Chicago Park District began creating Vittum Park in 1947 as part of the Ten Year Park Development Plan. During the post-World War II period, Chicago's booming population was severely underserved in terms of parkland and facilities. The plan identified areas in critical need of new parks as well as existing parks with inadequate recreational facilities. As part of the expansion effort, the park district acquired a 13-acre property in the Garfield Ridge area. In 1961, the park district transferred a small area of the park, less than one acre in size, to the Board of Education, allowing for the construction of Frank Baum Elementary School. Despite the adjacent school, Vittum Park did not have sufficient indoor facilities until the park district constructed its fieldhouse in 1981. The park honors Harriet Elizabeth Vittum (1872 -1953), an important social reformer heralded as the "First Lady of the needy." In 1904, Vittum began volunteering at the Northwestern University Settlement House, one of Chicago's innovative community centers that provided housing and services to underprivileged neighborhoods. Three years later, Vittum became the facility's administrator. Remaining involved with the settlement house for forty years, she established nutrition clinics, educational programs, and children's summer camps. Vittum received a 1948 Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Recreation Commission that cited her as "an illustrious pioneer in the settlement... [and a] courageous practitioner of social welfare."

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Vittum Diamond

Vittum Diamond

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

Vittum Basketball

Vittum Basketball

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

Vittum Fieldhouse

Vittum Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

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Vittum Football/Soccer

Vittum Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Vittum Gymnasium

Vittum Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

Vittum Horseshoe

Vittum Horseshoe

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

Vittum Clubroom

Vittum Clubroom

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

Vittum Playground

Vittum PlaygroundAccessible

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Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Vittum Tennis Court

Vittum Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

Vittum Volleyball

Vittum Volleyball

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

Vittum Spray Pool

Vittum Spray Pool

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Adult Leadership Club (Spec Rec) at Vittum 163405InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Vittum 162126InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 7Coed2016/09/24 17:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$6.00
Basketball - Teen League at Vittum 162284Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 17:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 5pm
$56.00
Basketball League at Vittum 185492Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upFemale2016/09/07 00:00From September 6, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$150.00
Basketball Skills at Vittum 162457InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$12.00
Cross Country at Vittum 162597InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Vittum 162602InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help10 and upCoed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Vittum 162620InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Drama (Special Recreation) at Vittum 162687InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater10 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$12.00
Flag Football at Vittum 163487InstructionSports - FootballAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$5.00
Fun and Games (Special Recreation) at Vittum 162881InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$16.00
Kiddie College at Vittum 163196InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$102.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Vittum 163382InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 18:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Play School at Vittum 163717InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 18:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$62.00
Senior Citizens Club at Vittum 164013OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs50 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Soccer at Vittum 163072InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$12.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Vittum 164213InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$17.00
Special Olympics Young Athletes at Vittum 164224InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 8Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$6.00
Super Saturdays (Special Recreation) at Vittum 164250InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & Games8 and upCoed2016/09/24 17:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$12.00
Tae Kwon Do at Vittum 164264InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:15From September 20, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$77.00
Volleyball at Vittum 164624InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$12.00
Wrestling at Vittum 163986InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$5.00
Young Scientist at Vittum 162183InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 19:30From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$10.00

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Description

Located in the Garfield Ridge community, Vittum Park totals 12.35 acres and features a fieldhouse which houses a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for soccer or football and a playground.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports and table games. 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, Vittum Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday special events.

The Chicago Park District began creating Vittum Park in 1947 as part of the Ten Year Park Development Plan. During the post-World War II period, Chicago's booming population was severely underserved in terms of parkland and facilities. The plan identified areas in critical need of new parks as well as existing parks with inadequate recreational facilities. As part of the expansion effort, the park district acquired a 13-acre property in the Garfield Ridge area. In 1961, the park district transferred a small area of the park, less than one acre in size, to the Board of Education, allowing for the construction of Frank Baum Elementary School. Despite the adjacent school, Vittum Park did not have sufficient indoor facilities until the park district constructed its fieldhouse in 1981. The park honors Harriet Elizabeth Vittum (1872 -1953), an important social reformer heralded as the "First Lady of the needy." In 1904, Vittum began volunteering at the Northwestern University Settlement House, one of Chicago's innovative community centers that provided housing and services to underprivileged neighborhoods. Three years later, Vittum became the facility's administrator. Remaining involved with the settlement house for forty years, she established nutrition clinics, educational programs, and children's summer camps. Vittum received a 1948 Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Recreation Commission that cited her as "an illustrious pioneer in the settlement... [and a] courageous practitioner of social welfare."

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.