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 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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 202138InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 3pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Vittum 202239InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2017/09/16 17:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$7.00
Basketball Camp at Vittum 202476CampsCamps - SportsAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2017/12/19 22:30From December 19, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$5.00
Basketball League at Vittum 226676Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/10/18 00:00From October 17, 2017 to December 19, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$125.00
Basketball Skills at Vittum 202521InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$15.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Vittum 202684InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help8 and upCoed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Vittum 202708InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$7.00
Drama (Special Recreation) at Vittum 202778InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater8 and upCoed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$13.00
Flag Football at Vittum 202899InstructionSports - FootballAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$6.00
Little Artists at Vittum 221825InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Vittum 203445InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:30From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Play School at Vittum 203752InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/12 15:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$65.00
Senior Citizens Club at Vittum 203968OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 22, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Soccer at Vittum 204110InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$13.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Vittum 204183InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports8 and upCoed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$18.00
Special Olympics Young Athletes at Vittum 204194InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 8Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$7.00
Sports Conditioning - Basketball at Vittum 204198InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2017/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Super Saturdays (Special Recreation) at Vittum 204235InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & Games8 and upCoed2017/09/16 17:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$13.00
Tae Kwon Do at Vittum 204250InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:15From September 12, 2017 to December 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1:30pm
$81.00
Teen Club at Vittum 221823OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Tot Spot at Vittum 221821OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:30From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
$80.00
Volleyball at Vittum 221824InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$7.00
Volleyball at Vittum 204618InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$13.00
Volleyball Camp at Vittum 204621CampsCamps - SportsAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2017/12/11 22:30From December 11, 2017 to December 14, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$5.00

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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.