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 Tennis Court

Kennedy Tennis Court

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Kennedy Volleyball

Kennedy Volleyball

Location Notes: 11320 S. Western Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 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
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
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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Kennedy 205067InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Female2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$23.00
Basketball Skills at Kennedy 205441InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$23.00
Basketball Skills at Kennedy 205440InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$23.00
Chair Exercise at Kennedy 221261InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:15From September 11, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Kennedy 221269InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 9 but less than 13Female2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$23.00
Dance - Modern at Kennedy 221267InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 11Female2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Flag Football League at Kennedy 206060Team_LeagueSports - Football18 and upFemale2017/09/10 15:00From September 10, 2017 to November 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to Noon
$197.00
Flag Football League at Kennedy 206061Individual_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$35.00
Flag Football League at Kennedy 206062Individual_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$35.00
Floor Hockey at Kennedy 206090InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$23.00
Little Yogis at Kennedy 206741InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 5 but less than 9Female2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Kennedy 206852InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/12 14:45From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 11:45am
$30.00
Music and Movement at Kennedy 221270InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
NERF Soccer at Kennedy 206950InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$23.00
Play School at Kennedy 207262InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 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 207315InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 207425InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/12 18:15From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
$25.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 207426InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 23:15From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$23.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 221268InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/14 23:15From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$23.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Kennedy 221271InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00

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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.