Ridge Park

  • 9625 S. Longwood Dr.   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

Ridge Tennis Courts

Ridge Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Wood Shop

Ridge Wood Shop

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 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
16" Softball League at Ridge 117915Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/06/14 15:30From June 14, 2015 to August 9, 2015
Each Sunday from 10:30am to 3:15pm
$205.00
16" Softball League at Ridge 117914Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/06/08 23:30From June 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$205.00
Adult Swim at Ridge 120416OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/16 12:00From June 16, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:45am
$0
Adult Swim at Ridge 147799OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/07/01 01:00From June 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 117981InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/17 00:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 117982InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/19 00:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 118022InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 118023InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 118024InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Ridge 118089InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/23 18:30From June 23, 2015 to July 30, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball League at Ridge 118185Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/08 23:00From June 8, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 10pm
$205.00
Basketball League at Ridge 118184Team_LeagueSports - Basketball30 and upMale2015/06/16 23:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$205.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 118258InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/06/09 15:00From June 9, 2015 to August 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
$75.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 118256InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/11 20:00From June 11, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
$46.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 118257InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/06/11 23:00From June 11, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$64.00
Ceramics at Ridge 118264InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/06/09 19:30From June 9, 2015 to August 11, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$46.00
Ceramics at Ridge 118265InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/06/11 18:30From June 11, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$36.00
Day Camp at Ridge 118425CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$345.00
Family Swim at Ridge 118902OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/15 18:00From June 15, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
$0
Gymnastics Camp at Ridge 119086CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/08/03 19:00From August 3, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$46.00
Lap Swim at Ridge 119382OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/15 20:00From June 15, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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 119627InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2015 to August 24, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 119626InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/17 23:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 119624InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 119625InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 119623InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Play Camp at Ridge 120866CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$150.00
POST Adult Swim at Ridge 130864OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/25 17:00From August 25, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Ridge 130865OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 18:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
$0
POST Lap Swim at Ridge 130868OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
POST Teen Swim at Ridge 130866OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/08/24 21:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Youth Swim at Ridge 130863OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/08/25 21:00From August 25, 2015 to September 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
POST Youth Swim at Ridge 132382OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/10 14:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$0
Sports Camp at Ridge 121084CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/08/11 15:00From August 11, 2015 to August 27, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$45.00
TEAM Sports at Ridge 121186InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/08 22:00From June 8, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
Teen Swim Female at Ridge 120433OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/06/15 21:00From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Teen Swim Male at Ridge 120430OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/06/16 20:15From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$0
Tennis Camp at Ridge 121312CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$25.00
Tennis Camp at Ridge 121311CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/29 15:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$25.00
Theater Camp at Ridge 121391CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 17:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$150.00
Youth Swim Female at Ridge 120437OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/06/16 21:00From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Ridge 120426OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2015/06/15 20:15From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$0

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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.