Ridge Park

  • 1817 W. 96th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60643 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Ed Affolter
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6640

Located in the Beverly community, Ridge Park totals 9.32 acres and features a gymnasium, auditorium, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, woodshop, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers three baseball fields, playground, tennis courts and walking path.Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, auditorium, and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, cheerleading, aquatics, lacrosse, model car making, furniture building and repair, woodcraft, pottery, ceramics. On the cultural side, the park offers theater.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Theater Camp.

In addition to programs, Ridge Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

History

Ridge Park was the first of five Beverly neighborhood parks created by the Ridge Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Soon after its 1908 establishment, the Ridge Park District began a search for park property. Enthusiastic residents advocated the purchase of property along Longwood Drive, already the site of "fine homes set in spacious grounds." The park district's board of commissioners agreed, and in 1911 and 1912 purchased 9.32 acres of property, including a small, city-owned park. The new park was named Ridge Park for the tree-studded ridge that runs along the park's western boundary, the one-time shore line of glacial Lake Chicago. John Todd Hetherington (1858 - 1936) was a Canadian-born architect who lived in the Beverly neighborhood served as a member of the Ridge Park Board of Commissioners from 1911 to 1913. Hetherington had originally recommended another local architect, Arthur Foster, to design the park. In 1912, however, the other board members asked Hetherington to take on the project. Hetherington created an original plan including a small field house, outdoor swimming pool, wading pool, and a running track. Constructed in 1913, the building and athletic facilities were all surrounded by a restful landscape of trees, shrubbery, flowers, lawns, and walks. The fashionable Beverly district grew dramatically during the 1920s, and by late in that decade, Ridge Park was in need of a much larger field house. By this time, John T. Hetherington had formed a partnership with his son Murray D. Hetherington (1891 - 1972). The Ridge Park District commissioned Hetherington architects to design a much larger brick fieldhouse for the park. They retained a part of the old field house as the auditorium, incorporating some of the room's original features such as its trusses. They also built the addition around the outdoor swimming pool, which then became an indoor aquatic facility. In addition to the indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, auditorium and club rooms, the building also provided a home for the John H. Vanderpoel Memorial Art Gallery, a collection of some 500 works by American painters and sculptors. The Vanderpoel collection was assembled to honor the contributions of Beverly resident John H. Vanderpoel (1857-1911), who taught painting at the Art Institute for more than 30 years and who, with his mentor, Art Institute Director, W.M.R. French, helped to make Beverly a culturally-rich community. Most of the works displayed were donated by the artists themselves out of respect for Vanderpoel's genius. Ridge Park includes a number of monuments to veterans of various wars. In the early 1990s, the park district grouped these together in a single memorial area when the community sought to recognize Beverly resident and U.S. Marine Corps Captain William J. Hurley (1963-1991), who died while on a training mission during the Desert Storm conflict.

Parking/Directions

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

Ridge Art Gallery

Ridge Art Gallery

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th Street

Ridge Baseball

Ridge Baseball

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Ceramics Building

Ridge Ceramics Building

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Cultural Center

Ridge Cultural Center

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Fieldhouse

Ridge Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Hours: ,

Ridge Fitness Center

Ridge Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Notes: M-F, 7-9pm; Sa/Su, 8:30-4pm. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Ridge Football/Soccer

Ridge Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Gymnasium

Ridge Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Auditorium & Clubrooms

Ridge Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Playground

Ridge Playground

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Ridge Park Pool

Ridge Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)747-0402

9/15 - 12/7 Ridge Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 9/11/2014 - 12/8/2014

Ridge Tennis Courts

Ridge Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Wood Shop

Ridge Wood Shop

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration is on-going while spots are available.

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
Acting at Ridge 91843InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2014/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 10pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 111500InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2014/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 111499InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2014/09/17 14:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 91854InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2014/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 91929InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 91988InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 91989InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 91990InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Art & ABCs at Ridge 110198InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Ridge 92070InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 18:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Ballet - Beginner at Ridge 92110InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Female2014/09/25 22:00From September 25, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Basketball - Teen League at Ridge 92321Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2014/08/15 22:30From August 15, 2014 to October 31, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Basketball at Ridge 92324InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Basketball League at Ridge 92325Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 11Female2014/08/17 16:00From August 17, 2014 to October 26, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to 4pm
$50.00
Basketball League at Ridge 92322Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 14Female2014/08/18 22:30From August 18, 2014 to October 27, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Basketball League at Ridge 92323Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 15Female2014/08/19 22:30From August 19, 2014 to October 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Basketball League at Ridge 92374Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 11Female2014/08/16 15:30From August 16, 2014 to November 8, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 3:30pm
$50.00
Bitty Basketball at Ridge 92425InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2014/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$35.00
Ceramics at Ridge 92527InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2014/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$35.00
Ceramics at Ridge 92533InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
$60.00
Ceramics at Ridge 94228InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2014/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
$70.00
Ceramics at Ridge 92530InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$35.00
Ceramics at Ridge 94229InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2014/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$70.00
Ceramics at Ridge 92531InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2014/09/17 20:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$35.00
Ceramics at Ridge 92528InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 20:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$35.00
Ceramics at Ridge 92532InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2014/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$60.00
Ceramics at Ridge 92529InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2014/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$35.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Ridge 110196InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2014/09/18 20:30From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$20.00
Dodgeball at Ridge 92766InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Family Ceramics at Ridge 92808InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$35.00
Family Woodshop at Ridge 111353InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2014/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$25.00
Flag Football at Ridge 92897InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2014/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Ridge 92949InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Golf at Ridge 93066InstructionSports - GolfAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 20:30From September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 93090InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$25.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 95353InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 93091InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2014/09/17 21:45From September 17, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 93092InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2014/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$25.00
Indoor Soccer at Ridge 93358InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2014/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Indoor Soccer at Ridge 93359InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 19:00From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$20.00
Kiddie College at Ridge 93505InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$55.00
Lacrosse at Ridge 93531InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 93645InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 93647InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 93644InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 93641InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 93642InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/18 20:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 93639InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 93640InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2014/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Ridge 110197InstructionWellness - YogaAt least but less than 3Coed2014/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$20.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Ridge 110195InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2014/09/18 16:00From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$20.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Ridge 93838InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
NERF Football at Ridge 110471InstructionSports - FootballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2014/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Open Studio - Sculpture at Ridge 93995OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2014/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$25.00
Play Production at Ridge 94195InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2014/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
$0
Play School at Ridge 110191InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/17 18:30From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$25.00
Recreational Tumbling at Ridge 94740InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$20.00
Sewing at Ridge 94504InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2014/09/17 14:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$30.00
Sewing at Ridge 94503InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$28.00
Team Gymnastics at Ridge 93093InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$25.00
TEAM Sports at Ridge 94811InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Ridge 112301InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2014/09/18 01:00From September 17, 2014 to December 31, 2014
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 111492InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/21 16:00From September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 95127InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 95128InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 95130InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 95129InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/18 15:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 111484InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 111489InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2014/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 95176InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 95177InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 95178InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 95181InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 16:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 95179InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 14:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 95203InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 16:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 111495InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 00:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 112300InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 95204InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Ridge 95205InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Volleyball at Ridge 95419InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 16Coed2014/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Volleyball League at Ridge 95418Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 18 but less than 55Coed2014/09/03 23:30From September 3, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$200.00
Volleyball League at Ridge 95417Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 18 but less than 55Coed2014/09/04 23:30From September 4, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$200.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 111348InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2014/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$25.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 111349InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 111350InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2014/09/17 21:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$25.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 111351InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2014/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 111352InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2014/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Yoga at Ridge 95557InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2014/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Yoga at Ridge 95556InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2014/10/11 14:00From October 11, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$25.00
Young Scientist at Ridge 110193InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$20.00

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Description

Located in the Beverly community, Ridge Park totals 9.32 acres and features a gymnasium, auditorium, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, woodshop, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers three baseball fields, playground, tennis courts and walking path.Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, auditorium, and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, cheerleading, aquatics, lacrosse, model car making, furniture building and repair, woodcraft, pottery, ceramics. On the cultural side, the park offers theater.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Theater Camp.

In addition to programs, Ridge Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

Ridge Park was the first of five Beverly neighborhood parks created by the Ridge Park District, one of 22 independent park boards consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Soon after its 1908 establishment, the Ridge Park District began a search for park property. Enthusiastic residents advocated the purchase of property along Longwood Drive, already the site of "fine homes set in spacious grounds." The park district's board of commissioners agreed, and in 1911 and 1912 purchased 9.32 acres of property, including a small, city-owned park. The new park was named Ridge Park for the tree-studded ridge that runs along the park's western boundary, the one-time shore line of glacial Lake Chicago. John Todd Hetherington (1858 - 1936) was a Canadian-born architect who lived in the Beverly neighborhood served as a member of the Ridge Park Board of Commissioners from 1911 to 1913. Hetherington had originally recommended another local architect, Arthur Foster, to design the park. In 1912, however, the other board members asked Hetherington to take on the project. Hetherington created an original plan including a small field house, outdoor swimming pool, wading pool, and a running track. Constructed in 1913, the building and athletic facilities were all surrounded by a restful landscape of trees, shrubbery, flowers, lawns, and walks. The fashionable Beverly district grew dramatically during the 1920s, and by late in that decade, Ridge Park was in need of a much larger field house. By this time, John T. Hetherington had formed a partnership with his son Murray D. Hetherington (1891 - 1972). The Ridge Park District commissioned Hetherington architects to design a much larger brick fieldhouse for the park. They retained a part of the old field house as the auditorium, incorporating some of the room's original features such as its trusses. They also built the addition around the outdoor swimming pool, which then became an indoor aquatic facility. In addition to the indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, auditorium and club rooms, the building also provided a home for the John H. Vanderpoel Memorial Art Gallery, a collection of some 500 works by American painters and sculptors. The Vanderpoel collection was assembled to honor the contributions of Beverly resident John H. Vanderpoel (1857-1911), who taught painting at the Art Institute for more than 30 years and who, with his mentor, Art Institute Director, W.M.R. French, helped to make Beverly a culturally-rich community. Most of the works displayed were donated by the artists themselves out of respect for Vanderpoel's genius. Ridge Park includes a number of monuments to veterans of various wars. In the early 1990s, the park district grouped these together in a single memorial area when the community sought to recognize Beverly resident and U.S. Marine Corps Captain William J. Hurley (1963-1991), who died while on a training mission during the Desert Storm conflict.

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