Kennedy Park

  • 11320 S. Western Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60655 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Jennifer Cronin
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6198

Located in the Morgan Park community, Kennedy Park totals 18.16 acres and features two multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers four baseball diamonds, swimming pool, playground, and spray pool. 

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, preschool activities, T-ball, Moms & Tots, and arts & crafts. During the summer, specialty camps are offered which include Lil’ Campers and Summer in the City.

In addition to programs, Kennedy Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family such as holiday-themed events.

History

At 18 acres, Kennedy Park was by far the largest park created by the Calumet Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. The Calumet District began to purchase land for this park in 1911 at the urging of Morgan Park residents. By 1912, the Calumet Park District had completed acquisition of a dump site and an existing ball field for park development. The park district immediately erected a bath house. Fourteen years later, a swimming pool was added. Although much of the property remained unimproved through the 1920s, the park district worked with the Morgan Park Woman's Club to create a bird sanctuary and wild flower preserve on 5 undeveloped acres. The park district began full-scale improvements in 1930, using labor from the state's Unemployed Relief Service. The laborers removed hundreds of tons of old auto frames and concrete from the site, graded it, planted trees and shrubbery, and constructed a fieldhouse, all by hand. The Chicago Park District took control of Kennedy Park in 1934, and constructed a new pool and fieldhouse in the early 1960s. Initially known as Western Avenue Park, the park received the name D.J. Kennedy Memorial Park in 1932. The new name honors Dennis J. Kennedy (1871-1932), a member of the Calumet Park District commission from 1910 until his death in 1932, and its president for twenty years.

Parking/Directions

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

Playground Art

Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: North of field house

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Kennedy Diamond

Kennedy Diamond

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kennedy Park - Fat Tommy's

Kennedy Park - Fat Tommy's

Location: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)233-3287

Notes:

http://www.fattommyschicago.com

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Kennedy Fieldhouse

Kennedy Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Hours: , , ,

Kennedy Football

Kennedy Football

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Kennedy Paths and Trails

Kennedy Paths and Trails

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kennedy Playground

Kennedy PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Kennedy Park Pool

Kennedy Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6198

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Kennedy Tennis Court

Kennedy Tennis Court

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kennedy Volleyball

Kennedy Volleyball

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 6, 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
16" Softball League at Kennedy 178145Team_LeagueSports - Softball21 and upMale2017/05/23 23:30From May 23, 2017 to August 31, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$220.00
Arts & Crafts at Kennedy 198492InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/04/07 21:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$24.00
Basketball Skills at Kennedy 197845InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 18:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$24.00
Chair Exercise at Kennedy 178920InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:15From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
Dance - Modern at Kennedy 198488InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Female2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Lacrosse at Kennedy 197842InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/04/04 21:45From April 4, 2017 to May 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$24.00
Mighty Munchkins at Kennedy 197847InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:15pm
$24.00
NERF Soccer at Kennedy 180223InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 18:00From April 7, 2017 to May 26, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$24.00
Play School at Kennedy 180622InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 9am to 11:45am
$138.00
Recreational Tumbling at Kennedy 198490InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Recreational Tumbling at Kennedy 198491InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$25.00
Roller Hockey at Kennedy 197844InstructionSports - HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 180765InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 18:15From April 6, 2017 to June 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Soccer at Kennedy 181042InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2017 to May 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$24.00
T-Ball at Kennedy 181268InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to May 31, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$39.00
Tennis Lessons: Level 1 at Kennedy 181482InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 21:45From April 6, 2017 to June 1, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$24.00
Tot Spot at Kennedy 197848OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2017/04/04 14:45From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 11:45am
$35.00
Urban Moves at Kennedy 198489InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 11Female2017/04/04 00:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$25.00

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Located in the Morgan Park community, Kennedy Park totals 18.16 acres and features two multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers four baseball diamonds, swimming pool, playground, and spray pool. 

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, preschool activities, T-ball, Moms & Tots, and arts & crafts. During the summer, specialty camps are offered which include Lil’ Campers and Summer in the City.

In addition to programs, Kennedy Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family such as holiday-themed events.

At 18 acres, Kennedy Park was by far the largest park created by the Calumet Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. The Calumet District began to purchase land for this park in 1911 at the urging of Morgan Park residents. By 1912, the Calumet Park District had completed acquisition of a dump site and an existing ball field for park development. The park district immediately erected a bath house. Fourteen years later, a swimming pool was added. Although much of the property remained unimproved through the 1920s, the park district worked with the Morgan Park Woman's Club to create a bird sanctuary and wild flower preserve on 5 undeveloped acres. The park district began full-scale improvements in 1930, using labor from the state's Unemployed Relief Service. The laborers removed hundreds of tons of old auto frames and concrete from the site, graded it, planted trees and shrubbery, and constructed a fieldhouse, all by hand. The Chicago Park District took control of Kennedy Park in 1934, and constructed a new pool and fieldhouse in the early 1960s. Initially known as Western Avenue Park, the park received the name D.J. Kennedy Memorial Park in 1932. The new name honors Dennis J. Kennedy (1871-1932), a member of the Calumet Park District commission from 1910 until his death in 1932, and its president for twenty years.

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