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.

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. 

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 165027InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Female2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Basketball Skills at Kennedy 184903InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 19:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$22.00
Basketball Skills at Kennedy 184901InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Basketball Skills at Kennedy 184902InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/23 19:15From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$22.00
Circuit Training at Kennedy 184900InstructionWellness - Fitness35 and upFemale2016/09/19 23:45From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 8pm
$36.00
Flag Football League at Kennedy 165958Team_LeagueSports - Football18 and upFemale2016/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to Noon
$188.00
Flag Football League at Kennedy 184015Individual_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$35.00
Flag Football League at Kennedy 184016Individual_LeagueSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$35.00
Floor Hockey at Kennedy 165981InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 19:15From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Kennedy 184014InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Kennedy 165980InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Fun and Games at Kennedy 186629InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6pm
$22.00
Fun and Games at Kennedy 184899InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Little Yogis at Kennedy 184018InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 5 but less than 8Female2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Kennedy 167044InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$37.00
NERF Soccer at Kennedy 167136InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/21 19:15From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$22.00
Play School at Kennedy 167467InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11am
Each Friday from 9am to 11am
$131.00
Play School at Kennedy 167468InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$26.00
Reading Club at Kennedy 184904OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs21 and upCoed2016/09/23 17:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Kennedy 167650InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 10Female2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 184897InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$25.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 184898InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 184017InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennedy 167775InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Senior Citizens Club at Kennedy 167919OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:15From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Kennedy 168711InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Female2016/09/19 19:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$22.00
Wrestling at Kennedy 169093InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 5 but less than 8Male2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Wrestling at Kennedy Cancelled169094InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 8 but less than 11Male2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00

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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.