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 with a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for soccer or football and a playground. The playground was renovated in Fall 2015 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

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.

Hours: ,

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

Hours: , , ,

Notes: Renovated Fall 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

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.

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
Basketball Camp at Vittum 189873CampsSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/12/15 22:30From December 15, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
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
Special Olympics Snowshoeing Camp at Vittum 189727CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2016/12/02 21:00From December 2, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 8am to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, December 3, 2016
$0
Special Olympics Sports Camp at Vittum 189725CampsCamps - Sports8 and upCoed2016/12/20 21:00From December 20, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Sports Conditioning - Basketball at Vittum 189874InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/12/02 00:00From December 1, 2016 to December 29, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball Camp at Vittum 189872CampsSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2016/12/12 22:30From December 12, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Leadership Club (Special Rec) at Vittum 169217InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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 169326InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 18:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$7.00
Arts & Crafts at Vittum 169384InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Basketball League at Vittum 188006Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upFemale2017/01/18 01:00From January 17, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$155.00
Basketball Skills at Vittum 169617InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Vittum 169773InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help10 and upCoed2017/01/11 21:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Vittum 169785InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 13Female2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Fitness (Special Recreation) at Vittum 169896InstructionWellness - Fitness10 and upCoed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$7.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Vittum 170498InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$13.00
Play School at Vittum 170779InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
$65.00
Seasonal Sports at Vittum 170912InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$5.00
Senior Citizens Club at Vittum 170965OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Soccer at Vittum 171088InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$13.00
Special Olympics Bowling at Vittum 171117InstructionSports - BowlingAnyCoed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Special Olympics Gymnastics at Vittum 171136InstructionGymnastics - Recreational8 and upCoed2017/01/18 23:00From January 18, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
$7.00
Special Olympics Volleyball at Vittum 188005InstructionSports - Volleyball8 and upCoed2017/01/13 23:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$7.00
Sports Conditioning- Basketball at Vittum 189668InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Super Saturdays (Special Recreation) at Vittum 171183InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & Games8 and upCoed2017/01/14 18:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$13.00
Tae Kwon Do at Vittum 171203InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2017/01/10 23:15From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$80.00
Teen Club at Vittum 171291OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Tot Spot at Vittum 189667OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
$80.00
Volleyball at Vittum 171552InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$13.00
Young Athletes (Special Recreation) at Vittum 171654InstructionSports - Special OlympicsAt least 2 but less than 8Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$7.00

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Description

Located in the Garfield Ridge community, Vittum Park totals 12.35 acres and features a fieldhouse with a gymnasium, kitchen and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for soccer or football and a playground. The playground was renovated in Fall 2015 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. 

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.