Kennedy Park

  • 11320 S. Western Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60655 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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.

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:

www.fattommyschicago.com

Kennedy Fieldhouse

Kennedy Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Hours: ,

Kennedy Football

Kennedy Football

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kennedy Paths and Trails

Kennedy Paths and Trails

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kennedy Playground

Kennedy PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kennedy Park Pool

Kennedy Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6198

Kennedy Tennis Court

Kennedy Tennis Court

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kennedy Volleyball

Kennedy Volleyball

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

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 Tuesday, April 14, 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
16" Softball League at Kennedy 104835Team_LeagueSports - Softball21 and upMale2015/05/19 23:30From May 19, 2015 to August 27, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$204.00
Bitty Basketball at Kennedy 129083InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 18:15From March 30, 2015 to May 25, 2015
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$21.00
Chair Exercise at Kennedy 105569InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:15From March 30, 2015 to May 27, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
Floor Hockey at Kennedy 129084InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 19:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$21.00
Floor Hockey at Kennedy 129089InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/05/05 20:30From May 5, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Floor Hockey at Kennedy Cancelled105907InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:15From April 1, 2015 to May 27, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$21.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Kennedy 106685InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3Coed2015/03/31 14:30From March 31, 2015 to May 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$26.00
Nature Fun at Kennedy 129085InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 19:15From April 3, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$21.00
NERF Soccer at Kennedy 129086InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 19:15From April 2, 2015 to May 21, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$21.00
Play School at Kennedy 107074InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/30 14:15From March 30, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Each Monday from 9:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 11am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 11am
$128.00
Roller Hockey at Kennedy 129090InstructionSports - HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/05/07 20:30From May 7, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 107237InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to May 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$31.00
T-Ball at Kennedy 107701InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to May 27, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$36.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Kennedy 117912Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemale2015/06/01 23:00From June 1, 2015 to August 26, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$204.00
Adult Swim at Kennedy 120205OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 16:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Monday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Adult Swim at Kennedy 131991OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/07 16:00September 7, 2015
Monday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Adult Swim at Kennedy 131990OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/07/04 16:00July 4, 2015
Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$0
CPD Water Polo Club at Kennedy 118297InstructionAquatics - Specialized13 and upCoed2015/06/16 00:00From June 15, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
$75.00
Family Swim at Kennedy 118814OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 20:45From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 6:15pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Family Swim at Kennedy 132459OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/06/13 19:15From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$0
Family Swim at Kennedy 131993OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/09/07 18:00September 7, 2015
Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Family Swim at Kennedy 132464OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/09/07 19:45September 7, 2015
Monday from 2:45pm to 4:30pm
$0
Family Swim at Kennedy 131992OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/07/04 18:00July 4, 2015
Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
Family Swim at Kennedy 132465OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/07/04 19:45July 4, 2015
Saturday from 2:45pm to 4:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at Kennedy 119364OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 15:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Monday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 9am
Each Thursday from 7am to 9am
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 7am to 9am
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$40.00
Lap Swim at Kennedy 131989OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/09/07 14:00September 7, 2015
Monday from 9am to 11am
$40.00
Lap Swim at Kennedy 131988OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/07/04 14:00July 4, 2015
Saturday from 9am to 11am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Kennedy 119589InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/21 18:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Kennedy 119588InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/18 17:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Kennedy 119587InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, July 4, 2015
$28.00
Lil' Campers at Kennedy 119694CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/06/30 14:00From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$153.00
Lil' Campers at Kennedy 119693CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/06/30 17:30From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$153.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Kennedy 120785OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/15 16:00From June 15, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Play Camp at Kennedy 120845CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 14:00From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$153.00
Play Camp at Kennedy 120846CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 17:30From June 30, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$153.00
POST Adult Swim at Kennedy 130888OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 16:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 11:30am to 1pm
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Family Swim at Kennedy 130889OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 20:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 6:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Family Swim at Kennedy 132460OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/08/29 19:15From August 29, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:45pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Kennedy 132432OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/08/10 18:00From August 10, 2015 to September 4, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
POST Lap Swim at Kennedy 130891OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 12:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Monday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 9am
Each Thursday from 7am to 9am
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 7am to 9am
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
$40.00
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Kennedy 130892OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/24 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, September 7, 2015
Monday, September 7, 2015
$0
POST Senior Swim at Kennedy 130895OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/25 14:00From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:45am
$0
POST Teen Swim at Kennedy 130896OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/25 21:45From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Kennedy 130890OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/25 17:00From August 25, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Kennedy 131620OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/11 16:00From August 11, 2015 to September 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
PRE Adult Swim at Kennedy 131590OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/14 18:00June 14, 2015
Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
PRE Family Swim at Kennedy 132433OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2015/06/12 18:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Kennedy 131619OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Kennedy 131589OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/13 18:00June 13, 2015
Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Sand Volleyball League at Kennedy 120965Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/06/15 23:00From June 15, 2015 to August 10, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$41.00
Sand Volleyball League at Kennedy 120966Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/06/04 23:30From June 4, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$163.00
Senior Swim at Kennedy 120211OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/06/16 14:00From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:45am
$0
Summer in the City at Kennedy 121128CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/06/29 14:30From June 29, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
$153.00
TEAM Sports at Kennedy 121176InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 21:45From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Teen Swim at Kennedy 131271OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 21:45From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Kennedy 121401InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/17 16:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$32.00
Youth Swim at Kennedy 120214OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 17:00From June 12, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0

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Description

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.