Kennicott Park

  • 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • 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 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

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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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 92060InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Kennicott 92061InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 8CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Ballet - Beginner at Kennicott 92118InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10FemaleFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Ballet - Beginner at Kennicott 92117InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12FemaleFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$20.00
Band at Kennicott 92143InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Free
Basketball at Kennicott 110794InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Basketball at Kennicott 92297InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$20.00
Bitty Basketball at Kennicott 92414InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6MaleFrom September 3, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Boot Camp at Kennicott 92446InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Bridge Club at Kennicott 92513OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs50 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to 4pm
Free
Cartooning at Kennicott 110819InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 8, 2014 to December 15, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Chair Exercise at Kennicott 92554InstructionWellness - Fitness50 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Free
Cheerleading - Recreational at Kennicott 92569InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5 but less than 9CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Kennicott 92568InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$20.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Kennicott 110796InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 3 but less than 6FemaleFrom September 4, 2014 to December 16, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Cooking Club at Kennicott 92632InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$10.00
Cooking Club at Kennicott 110802InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Kennicott 92685InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$20.00
Fall Break Camp at Kennicott 92805CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 29, 2014 to October 3, 2014
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
$25.00
Fun and Games at Kennicott 110795InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$30.00
Game Room at Kennicott 110812InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$20.00
Game Room at Kennicott 93010OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:15pm
$10.00
Game Room at Kennicott 93009OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:30pm
$10.00
Game Room at Kennicott 110814OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$10.00
Homework Time at Kennicott 93146InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$30.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Kennicott 93409InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Kickboxing at Kennicott 93451InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 1, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Free
Kickboxing at Kennicott 93452InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 12CoedFrom August 27, 2014 to December 12, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Kiddie College at Kennicott 93467InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
KidzEnergy at Kennicott 110805InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 4, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$20.00
Martial Arts at Kennicott 93731InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 9CoedFrom September 8, 2014 to December 15, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Kennicott 110817InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Kennicott 93753InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Music and Movement at Kennicott 110820InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 4, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$20.00
Park Kids at Kennicott 94061InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$15.00
Piano at Kennicott 110821InstructionCulture and Arts - Event - MusicAt least 5 but less than 12CoedFrom September 4, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Pilates at Kennicott 94185InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Play School at Kennicott 94197InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Recreational Tumbling at Kennicott 95298InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 5MaleFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Kennicott 110793InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 5, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$10.00
Sports Conditioning at Kennicott 110799InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18MaleFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Free
Storytime at Kennicott 110808InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Teen Club at Kennicott 94849OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Free
Tot Spot at Kennicott 95256OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 3, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Weight Training at Kennicott 110816InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Free
Windy City Hoops Basketball at Kennicott 95479Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom August 29, 2014 to December 27, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
Free
Winter Break Camp at Kennicott 93142CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13CoedFrom December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$30.00
Young Scientist at Kennicott 110810InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$20.00

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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.