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.

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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 2016.

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 Kennedy 171922InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Female2017/01/13 21:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$23.00
Arts@Play at Kennedy 187047InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$23.00
Bitty Basketball at Kennedy 172346InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 20:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$23.00
Chair Exercise at Kennedy 174406InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 17:15From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
Circuit Training at Kennedy Cancelled172573InstructionWellness - Fitness35 and upFemale2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$37.00
Dino Diggers at Kennedy 187048InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Kennedy 172899InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 20:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Kennedy 172898InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/01/13 21:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey League at Kennedy 172917Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$31.00
Floor Hockey League at Kennedy 172916Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$31.00
KidzEnergy at Kennedy 187051InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$23.00
Little Yogis at Kennedy 187046InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 5 but less than 9Female2017/01/11 21:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$23.00
NERF Soccer at Kennedy 173866InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/01/11 20:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$23.00
Play School at Kennedy 174108InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 9am to 11:45am
$134.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 174273InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$26.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 187042InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/01/13 20:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$23.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Kennedy 187049InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$23.00
Tot Spot at Kennedy 173790OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$35.00
Wet Pets at Kennedy 187050InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$23.00

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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.