Kennicott Park

  • 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Renee Shepherd
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-7138

Located in the Oakland Community, Kennicott Park totals 2.52 acres and features a field house—the former Judd Elementary School, a gymnasium, fitness center, kitchen, dance studio and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a playground and small athletic field. [outdoor facilities].

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Kennicott Park is the site for several community based partnerships that provide programs for children and adults in the community.

Park-goers can play basketball and table games at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well include cooking programs and doll camp.

In addition to programs, Kennicott Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park at nearby Gwendolyn Brooks Park and Halloween activities.

History

Kennicott Park came into being in 1990, when the Board of Education transferred Judd Elementary School to the Chicago Park District. The park district now operates the former school building in partnership with other city agencies and non-profit organizations, providing a wide array of programs and services to the previously under-served Kenwood neighborhood. Kenwood was founded in 1856 by Dr. Jonathan A. Kennicott (1824-1893), from whom the park takes its name. A native New Yorker, Kennicott graduated from Chicago's Rush Medical College in 1843, and practiced dentistry in Milwaukee for several years before returning to Chicago. Kennicott's estate, named Kenwood for his mother's birthplace in Scotland, stood on Dorchester Street at 48th Street. The fashionable Kenwood community soon became known as the "Lake Forest of the South Side."

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Kennicott Park Fieldhouse

Kennicott Park Fieldhouse

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Kennicott Fitness Center

Kennicott Fitness Center

Location Notes: 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.

Notes: ADA Accessible Equipment

Kennicott Gym

Kennicott Gym

Location Notes: 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.

Kennicott Clubrooms

Kennicott Clubrooms

Location Notes: 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.

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Kennicott Playground

Kennicott Playground

Location Notes: 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Events

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
Arts & Crafts at Kennicott 105058InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Kennicott 105057InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Ballet - Beginner at Kennicott 105107InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Female2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$31.00
Ballet - Beginner at Kennicott 105108InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 13Female2015/03/31 21:45From March 31, 2015 to June 9, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Kennicott 105249OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/04/01 00:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Basketball at Kennicott 105361InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Basketball at Kennicott 105360InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/03/31 21:45From March 31, 2015 to June 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$21.00
Bitty Basketball at Kennicott 105438InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$31.00
Boot Camp at Kennicott 105462InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Bridge Club at Kennicott 105517OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 4pm
$0
Cartooning at Kennicott 105540InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Chair Exercise at Kennicott 105570InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/04/02 14:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Cheerleading - Recreational at Kennicott 105585InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 8, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Kennicott 105584InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:45From March 30, 2015 to June 8, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$21.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Kennicott 105586InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/03/31 18:30From March 31, 2015 to June 9, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$21.00
Chess at Kennicott 129122OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$11.00
Chess at Kennicott 129123OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/04/01 19:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Competitive Dance Team at Kennicott 129124InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Cooking Club at Kennicott 105661InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2015 to June 10, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$11.00
Cooking Club at Kennicott 105662InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 19:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Kennicott 105708InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 21:45From April 1, 2015 to June 10, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$21.00
Fun and Games at Kennicott 105942InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 19:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$31.00
Game Room - Open at Kennicott 105972OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 21:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$11.00
Gym Monkeys at Kennicott 106002InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 17:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$21.00
Homework Time at Kennicott 106084InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 21:45From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$31.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Kennicott 106242InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Kickboxing at Kennicott 106278InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 10, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Kickboxing at Kennicott 106279InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Kiddie College at Kennicott 106292InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$31.00
KidzEnergy at Kennicott 106340InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$21.00
Martial Arts at Kennicott 106572InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 8, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Kennicott 106581InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Mighty Munchkins at Kennicott 129125InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 19:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$26.00
Music and Movement at Kennicott 106731InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$21.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Kennicott 106979InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$16.00
Piano at Kennicott 129126InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Pickleball at Kennicott 107036InstructionSports - Pickleball60 and upCoed2015/04/01 15:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:30am
$0
Pilates at Kennicott 107041InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to May 26, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Play School at Kennicott 107076InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 18:30From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$31.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Kennicott 129127InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/04/03 21:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$11.00
Storytime at Kennicott 107653InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 8, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$31.00
Team Tumbling at Kennicott 129128InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$21.00
Teen Club at Kennicott 107822OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 00:30From April 1, 2015 to June 10, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Tiny Talkers- Spanish at Kennicott 129129InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$31.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Kennicott 108108InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Male2015/03/31 18:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$21.00
Tot Spot at Kennicott 108148OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 14:00From April 1, 2015 to June 10, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$31.00
Weight Training at Kennicott 129130InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Kennicott 108354Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Young Scientist at Kennicott 108444InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art Camp at Kennicott 118037CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$385.00
Art Camp at Kennicott 118038CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$385.00
Band at Kennicott 118065InstructionCulture and Arts - Music60 and upCoed2015/06/22 20:30From June 22, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Basketball at Kennicott 132150InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/06/17 00:30From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Boot Camp at Kennicott 118200InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Bridge Club at Kennicott 118243OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/06/18 16:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 4pm
$0
Camp Create: Cook, Garden and Sew at Kennicott 118244CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$385.00
Chair Exercise at Kennicott 118268InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/16 14:15From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Competitive Dance Team at Kennicott 132149InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 23:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Dance Camp at Kennicott 118324CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$385.00
Doll Camp at Kennicott 131676CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 9Female2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$385.00
Early Bird Camp at Kennicott 118518CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$125.00
Extended Camp at Kennicott 118599CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$125.00
Kickboxing at Kennicott 132153InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 23:30From June 15, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Lil' Campers at Kennicott 119695CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 12:30pm
$205.00
Lil' Campers at Kennicott 119696CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 18:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$205.00
Pickleball at Kennicott 120811InstructionSports - Pickleball60 and upCoed2015/06/15 15:15From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11:30am
$0
Pilates at Kennicott 120815InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Sports Camp at Kennicott 121075CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 13:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$105.00
Sports Camp at Kennicott 121074CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Male2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$385.00
Teen Camp at Kennicott 132154CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$300.00
Teen Club at Kennicott 132151OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/18 00:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Weight Training at Kennicott 132152InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/16 23:30From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Kennicott 132148Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0

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Located in the Oakland Community, Kennicott Park totals 2.52 acres and features a field house—the former Judd Elementary School, a gymnasium, fitness center, kitchen, dance studio and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a playground and small athletic field. [outdoor facilities].

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Kennicott Park is the site for several community based partnerships that provide programs for children and adults in the community.

Park-goers can play basketball and table games at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well include cooking programs and doll camp.

In addition to programs, Kennicott Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park at nearby Gwendolyn Brooks Park and Halloween activities.

Kennicott Park came into being in 1990, when the Board of Education transferred Judd Elementary School to the Chicago Park District. The park district now operates the former school building in partnership with other city agencies and non-profit organizations, providing a wide array of programs and services to the previously under-served Kenwood neighborhood. Kenwood was founded in 1856 by Dr. Jonathan A. Kennicott (1824-1893), from whom the park takes its name. A native New Yorker, Kennicott graduated from Chicago's Rush Medical College in 1843, and practiced dentistry in Milwaukee for several years before returning to Chicago. Kennicott's estate, named Kenwood for his mother's birthplace in Scotland, stood on Dorchester Street at 48th Street. The fashionable Kenwood community soon became known as the "Lake Forest of the South Side."

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.