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 Tennis Court

Kennedy Tennis Court

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kennedy Volleyball

Kennedy Volleyball

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Kennedy 195096Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemale2017/05/29 23:00From May 29, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$220.00
Adult Swim at Kennedy 195121OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 15:30From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Monday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Saturday from 10:30am to Noon
$0
CPD Water Polo Club at Kennedy 195534InstructionAquatics - Specialized14 and upMale2017/06/20 00:00From June 19, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
$75.00
CPD Water Polo Club at Kennedy 201485InstructionAquatics - Specialized14 and upFemale2017/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
$75.00
Family Swim at Kennedy 195920OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 18:00From June 19, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 3:15pm to 7pm
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 7pm
$0
Family Swim at Kennedy 195921OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/19 16:00From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
$0
Lap Swim at Kennedy 196330OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/16 14:00From June 16, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Monday from 7am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 9am
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 9am to 10:30am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Kennedy 196519InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Kennedy 196518InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 17:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Kennedy 196517InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Lil' Campers at Kennedy 196623CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$168.00
Lil' Campers at Kennedy 196622CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/06/27 17:30From June 27, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$168.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Kennedy 196759OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/21 17:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Play Camp at Kennedy 196820CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 14:00From June 27, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$168.00
Play Camp at Kennedy 196821CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 17:30From June 27, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$168.00
Sand Volleyball League at Kennedy 196949Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upFemale2017/05/31 22:30From May 31, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$175.00
Sand Volleyball League at Kennedy 196948Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/06/01 23:30From June 1, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$175.00
Senior Swim at Kennedy 196973OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:45am
$0
Summer in the City at Kennedy 197117CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 2:30pm
$168.00
Teen Swim at Kennedy 197285OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 21:45From June 20, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Kennedy 197458InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Youth Swim at Kennedy 197700OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0

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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.