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

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

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

1/9- 3/19 Ridge Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 11/28/2016 - 3/20/2017

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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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
Ceramics Camp at Ridge 189354CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/12/06 21:30From December 6, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
Lap Swim at Ridge 166711OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 12:00From September 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
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
$40.00
Sports Camp at Ridge 189353CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/05 21:30From December 5, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Ridge 168257InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 20:15From September 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Each Sunday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
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 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Ridge 171691InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 10pm
$0
Adult Swim at Ridge 171707OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4:15pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 171727InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 187159InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 171725InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 15:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 187161InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 171726InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 171796InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/14 19:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 171860InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 171861InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 171862InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Ballet - Beginner at Ridge 171994InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Female2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Basketball at Ridge 187127InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Basketball at Ridge 172214InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$23.00
Basketball League at Ridge 172276Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 11Male2017/01/15 17:30From January 15, 2017 to February 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 11:30am to 4pm
$57.00
Basketball League at Ridge 172275Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Male2017/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$57.00
Basketball League at Ridge 172277Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 10pm
$213.00
Basketball League at Ridge 172274Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 14Male2017/01/13 23:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$57.00
Basketball League at Ridge 172279Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10Male2016/12/17 14:30From December 17, 2016 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 8:30am to 11:30am
$57.00
Basketball League at Ridge 172278Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Male2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 4pm
$57.00
Bitty Basketball at Ridge 172362InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/01/11 21:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$38.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Advanced at Ridge 172487InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$63.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 172488InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
$63.00
Ceramics at Ridge 172501InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$38.00
Ceramics at Ridge 172506InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
$73.00
Ceramics at Ridge 172504InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$38.00
Ceramics at Ridge 172507InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$73.00
Ceramics at Ridge 172505InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/01/11 21:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$38.00
Ceramics at Ridge 172502InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$38.00
Ceramics at Ridge 172503InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$38.00
Conditioning at Ridge 187135InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Ridge 172619InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6y 5m Coed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$31.00
Dodgeball at Ridge 172746InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Family Ceramics at Ridge 172805InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$38.00
Family Swim at Ridge 172826OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Family Woodcraft at Ridge 172837InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$28.00
Floor Hockey at Ridge 172901InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Fun and Games at Ridge 187136InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to 11:45am
$23.00
Fun with Food at Ridge 172979InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$23.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 173044InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 173041InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 18:15From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Ridge 173329InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Ridge 173330InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/11 20:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$23.00
Indoor Tennis at Ridge 173344InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Kickball at Ridge 173399InstructionSports - KickballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Kiddie College at Ridge 173451InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$58.00
Lap Swim at Ridge 173480OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to April 2, 2017
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
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 173601InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/15 16:00From January 15, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 187164InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/15 17:00From January 15, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 173600InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 173599InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 173603InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 173598InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Music and Movement at Ridge 187138InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$23.00
NERF Soccer at Ridge 187131InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 18:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$23.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Ridge 173953InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 1y 5m but less than Coed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$23.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Ridge 173952InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$23.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Ridge 173951InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/14 16:15From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$23.00
Recreational Tumbling at Ridge 174182InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Sculpture Open Studio at Ridge 174225OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$28.00
Seasonal Sports at Ridge 187128InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Senior Swim at Ridge 174429OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 174436InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2017/01/11 15:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$33.00
Sewing at Ridge 174437InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 9 but less than 13Female2017/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$31.00
Sewing at Ridge 188710InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 9 but less than 13Female2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$31.00
Stretching at Ridge 187134InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at Ridge 174754InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Ridge 174755InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2017/01/12 02:00From January 11, 2017 to March 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 175000InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/15 18:00From January 15, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 174994InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 174995InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 174997InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 174996InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 174999InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 174998InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 175051InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/15 19:00From January 15, 2017 to March 19, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 175046InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 175047InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 175050InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 189386InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 175049InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 15:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 175048InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 175052InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Ridge 175078InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Ridge 175116InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$23.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Ridge 187132InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 21:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Tot Spot at Ridge 187129OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 17:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to Noon
$23.00
Tot Spot at Ridge 187130OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$23.00
Volleyball at Ridge 175351InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Volleyball League at Ridge 175379Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$213.00
Volleyball League at Ridge 175378Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$213.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 175439InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 175440InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$53.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 175441InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$28.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 175442InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$53.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 175443InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$53.00
Yoga at Ridge 187133InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Yoga at Ridge 175495InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Yoga at Ridge 175494InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Youth Swim at Ridge 175547OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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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