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.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

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
Arts & Crafts at Vittum 89484InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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
Basketball at Vittum Cancelled89669InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Basketball League at Vittum 111841Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 9am to 4pm
$150.00
Basketball League at Vittum 90550Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
$150.00
Basketball League at Vittum 111840Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
$150.00
Basketball League at Vittum 112087Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 5pm
$5.00
Fun and Games (Special Rec) at Vittum 90098InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 10CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
$10.00
Homework Time (Special Recreation) at Vittum 110838InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 13 but less than 22CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$5.00
Indoor Soccer at Vittum 90293InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Vittum 90409InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
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
$160.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Vittum 90582InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$10.00
Play School at Vittum 90919InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$60.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Vittum 112086InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Vittum 112083InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Vittum 112081OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs50 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
Free
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Vittum 91270InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 14 but less than 19CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$10.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Vittum 91277InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$15.00
Tae Kwon Do at Vittum 91354InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAnyCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$70.00
Young Athletes (Special Recreation) at Vittum 91807InstructionSports - Special OlympicsAt least 6 but less than 8CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$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.