Vittum Park

  • 5010 W. 50th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
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  • 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.

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 Playground

Location Notes: 5010 W. 50th St.

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.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

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.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
Basketball - Teen League at Vittum 129070Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
$153.00
Basketball at Vittum 102742InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/15 22:30From April 15, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Basketball League at Vittum 129071Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/05 14:00From April 5, 2015 to June 14, 2015
Each Sunday from 9am to 4pm
$153.00
Basketball League at Vittum 129073Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
$153.00
Basketball League at Vittum 129072Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 5pm
$51.00
Bitty Basketball at Vittum 102778InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Vittum 129074InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2015 to June 10, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Fun and Games (Special Recreation) at Vittum 103072InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 20:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
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 103351InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$163.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Vittum 103521InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 19:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Moms, Pops & Tots (Special Rec) at Vittum 103626InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$16.00
Music and Movement (Special Rec) at Vittum 103635InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance8 and upCoed2015/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2015 to May 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
$6.00
Neighborhood Soccer League at Vittum 130956Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Play School at Vittum 103867InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/31 19:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$61.00
Seasonal Sports at Vittum 104020InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Vittum 129075OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs50 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Soccer at Vittum 104152InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Vittum 104237InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAnyCoed2015/04/02 22:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$11.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Vittum 104253InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$16.00
Tae Kwon Do at Vittum 104061InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAnyCoed2015/03/31 22:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$71.00
T-Ball at Vittum 104329InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Teen Club at Vittum 104411OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/03/30 22:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Vittum 104669InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$11.00
Young Athletes (Special Recreation) at Vittum 104768InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2015/04/04 17:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Vittum 115945Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/06/07 17:00From June 7, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 5pm
$205.00
16" Softball League at Vittum 131592Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemale2015/06/06 19:00From June 6, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 7pm
$205.00
Basketball at Vittum 116056InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 19:30From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Basketball League at Vittum 131594Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/21 14:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 9am to 4pm
$150.00
Basketball League at Vittum 116092Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/16 00:00From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
$155.00
Basketball League at Vittum 131593Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/18 00:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
$155.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Vittum 116166CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/06/29 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
$112.00
Day Camp at Vittum 116252CampsCamps - 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
Leadership Camp at Vittum 116760CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/29 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
$35.00
Play Camp at Vittum 117544CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
$155.00
Special Recreation Adult Day Camp at Vittum 131597CampsCamps - Special Interest14 and upCoed2015/06/29 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
$50.00
Sports Camp (Special Recreation) at Vittum 131596CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2015/08/25 21:00From August 25, 2015 to September 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
Sports Camp at Vittum 131595CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 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
$20.00
Tae Kwon Do at Vittum 117695InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAnyCoed2015/06/16 22:15From June 16, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$75.00
Teen Camp at Vittum 117730CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/06/29 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

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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.