Ridge Park

  • 1817 W. 96th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60643 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Ed Affolter
  • 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: 1817 W. 96th Street

Ridge Baseball

Ridge Baseball

Location: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Ceramics Building

Ridge Ceramics Building

Location: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Cultural Center

Ridge Cultural Center

Location: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Fieldhouse

Ridge Fieldhouse

Location: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Fitness Center

Ridge Fitness Center

Location: 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: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Gymnasium

Ridge Gymnasium

Location: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Auditorium & Clubrooms

Ridge Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Playground

Ridge Playground

Location: 1817 W. 96th St.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Ridge Tennis Courts

Ridge Tennis Courts

Location: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Wood Shop

Ridge Wood Shop

Location: 1817 W. 96th St.

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.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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 Ridge 81822Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom June 15, 2014 to August 10, 2014
Each Sunday from 10:30am to 3:15pm
$200.00
16" Softball League at Ridge 81821Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$200.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 81885InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 81886InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 81919InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 81920InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 81921InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Ridge 81982InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Free
Basketball League at Ridge 82081Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom June 9, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 10pm
$200.00
Basketball League at Ridge 108850Team_LeagueSports - Basketball30 and upMaleFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$200.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 82147InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 12, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
$70.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 82145InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 12, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
$45.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 82146InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom June 12, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$60.00
Ceramics at Ridge 82149InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 9 but less than 12CoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 12, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$45.00
Ceramics at Ridge 82150InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom June 12, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$35.00
Cheerleading Camp at Ridge 86047CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 10 but less than 16CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$25.00
Day Camp at Ridge 82293CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$335.00
Family Swim at Ridge 86845OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
Free
Gymnastics Camp at Ridge 82574CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 15CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$45.00
Lap Swim at Ridge 87393OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to September 14, 2014
Each Sunday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Monday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 82920InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 25, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 82919InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 82917InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 82918InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 82916InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Open Swim at Ridge 86837OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Free
Open Swim at Ridge 86839OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12MaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Free
Open Swim at Ridge 86843OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17FemaleFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Free
Open Swim at Ridge 86841OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17MaleFrom June 17, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Free
Open Swim at Ridge 86844OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12FemaleFrom June 17, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Free
Play Camp at Ridge 83145CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$145.00
Sports Camp at Ridge 83299CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom August 5, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$40.00
TEAM Sports at Ridge 83379InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Tennis Camp at Ridge 83485CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$20.00
Tennis Camp at Ridge 83484CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$20.00
Theater Camp at Ridge 83559CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$145.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Ridge 91843InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoedFrom 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
Free
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 111500InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 111499InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 91854InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 91929InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom 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 4CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Basketball - Teen League at Ridge 92321Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13FemaleFrom August 15, 2014 to October 31, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Basketball League at Ridge 92325Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 11FemaleFrom August 17, 2014 to October 26, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to 4pm
$50.00
Basketball League at Ridge 92322Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 14FemaleFrom August 18, 2014 to October 27, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Basketball League at Ridge 92323Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 15FemaleFrom 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 11FemaleFrom August 16, 2014 to November 8, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 3:30pm
$50.00
Ceramics at Ridge 92533InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
$60.00
Ceramics at Ridge 94228InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$35.00
Ceramics at Ridge 94229InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$70.00
Ceramics at Ridge 92532InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$60.00
Family Ceramics at Ridge 92808InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$35.00
Family Swim at Ridge 111509OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Free
Family Woodshop at Ridge 111353InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 4 but less than 7CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$25.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 95353InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Indoor Soccer at Ridge 93359InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$55.00
Lap Swim at Ridge 111512OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
Free
Learn to Swim at Ridge 93644InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Ridge 110197InstructionWellness - YogaAt least but less than 3CoedFrom 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 3CoedFrom 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 CoedFrom 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 9CoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$25.00
Open Swim at Ridge 111502OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 29, 2014
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
Free
Open Swim at Ridge 111501OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Open Swim at Ridge 111506OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 29, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Free
Play Production at Ridge 94195InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
Free
Play School at Ridge 110191InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$25.00
Recreational Tumbling at Ridge 94740InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$20.00
Sewing at Ridge 94504InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$30.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 111492InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom 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 CoedFrom 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 CoedFrom 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 CoedFrom 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 CoedFrom 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 CoedFrom 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 CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 95204InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Volleyball League at Ridge 95418Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 18 but less than 55CoedFrom 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 55CoedFrom September 4, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$200.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 111349InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 111351InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoedFrom 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 upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$50.00
Yoga at Ridge 110190InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 23, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Yoga at Ridge 110190InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 23, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Yoga at Ridge 95557InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Yoga at Ridge 95556InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom 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 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$20.00

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Art Gallery 1817 W. 96th Street 1
Baseball Field 1817 W. 96th St. 3
Ceramics Studios 1817 W. 96th St. 1
Cultural Centers 1817 W. 96th St. 1
Fieldhouse 1817 W. 96th St. 0
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Football / Soccer 1817 W. 96th St. 1
Gymnasiums 1817 W. 96th St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 1817 W. 96th St. 3
Playgrounds 1817 W. 96th St. 1 Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013
Swimming Pools 1817 W. 96th St. 0
Tennis Courts 1817 W. 96th St. 2
Woodshops 1817 W. 96th St. 1
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.

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