Ridge Park

  • 9625 S. Longwood Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60643 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours: ,
  • Park Supervisor: Dan Ryan
  • 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

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Ridge Art Gallery

Ridge Art Gallery

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th Street

Apparition Intrusion

Apparition Intrusion

Location Notes: Ridge Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Vanderpoel Collection

Vanderpoel Collection (1)

Location Notes: 9625 S. Longwood Drive

Descriptors: Indoor, Painting

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 CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Ridge Football/Soccer

Ridge Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Descriptors: Grass

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 PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Ridge Park Pool

Ridge Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)747-0402

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift

9/11-12/10 Ridge Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 9/12/2017 - 12/11/2017

Ridge Tennis Courts

Ridge Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Wood Shop

Ridge Wood Shop

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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 204823InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2017/09/12 00:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 10pm
$0
Adult Swim at Ridge 204844OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 204872InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 221327InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 204871InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 221328InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 204873InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 204956InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 205009InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 205010InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 205011InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Ballet - Beginner at Ridge 205139InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Female2017/09/14 21:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$23.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at Ridge 225763Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2017/10/09 23:30From October 9, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$10.00
Basketball at Ridge 205363InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:45From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$23.00
Basketball League at Ridge 205411Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 15Female2017/08/22 22:30From August 22, 2017 to October 24, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$59.00
Basketball League at Ridge 205409Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2017/08/11 22:30From August 11, 2017 to October 27, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$59.00
Bitty Basketball at Ridge 205513InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$39.00
Ceramics (Special Recreation) at Ridge 221338InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Ceramics at Ridge 205611InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$39.00
Ceramics at Ridge 205617InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
$65.00
Ceramics at Ridge 205618InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
$76.00
Ceramics at Ridge 205614InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$39.00
Ceramics at Ridge 205619InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$76.00
Ceramics at Ridge 205612InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$39.00
Ceramics at Ridge 205616InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$65.00
Ceramics at Ridge 205613InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$39.00
Dodgeball at Ridge 205877InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Family Ceramics at Ridge 205947InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$39.00
Family Swim at Ridge 205966OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 19:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Family Woodcraft at Ridge 205977InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$28.00
Floor Hockey at Ridge 206102InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Fun With Food at Ridge 206204InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/09/13 20:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$23.00
Golf at Ridge 206224InstructionSports - GolfAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 206252InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 206255InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Ridge 206355InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Ridge 206356InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 19:45From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$23.00
Kiddie College at Ridge 221337InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$60.00
Lap Swim at Ridge 206508OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 7am to 8:45am
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 Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 206653InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/17 16:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 206651InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 206652InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 206650InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 206648InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 206654InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 206647InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Ridge 207028InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$23.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Ridge 207030InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 4Coed2017/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$23.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Ridge 207029InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/16 15:15From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$23.00
Play Production at Ridge 207236InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Ridge 221332InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$24.00
Sculpture Open Studio at Ridge 207374OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$28.00
Senior Swim at Ridge 207590OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
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
$0
Sewing at Ridge 207600InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
$32.00
Sewing at Ridge 207599InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$32.00
Sewing at Ridge 221330InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$32.00
Stretching at Ridge 221335InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Stretching at Ridge 221336InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Ridge 207949InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 8pm
$35.00
Tennis at Ridge 208064InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 208131InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/17 18:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 208132InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 208133InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 208135InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 208134InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 208129InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 208130InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 208192InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 208190InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 208191InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 14:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 208194InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 208193InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 208195InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 208189InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 208197InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 208196InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Ridge 208259InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 20:00From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$28.00
Tot Spot at Ridge 208298OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/09/15 15:45From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:30am
$23.00
Volleyball at Ridge 208455InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 16Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Volleyball League at Ridge 208482Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/08/30 23:30From August 30, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$219.00
Volleyball League at Ridge 208481Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/08/31 23:30From August 31, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$219.00
Walking Club at Ridge 221334OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$0
Woodcraft at Ridge 208624InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 208625InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$55.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 208626InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 208627InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$55.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 208628InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$55.00
Yoga at Ridge 208685InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/09/12 18:15From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Yoga at Ridge 221333InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Yoga at Ridge 208684InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Youth Swim at Ridge 208737OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$0

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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.

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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