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 Tennis Courts

Ridge Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Ridge Wood Shop

Ridge Wood Shop

Location Notes: 1817 W. 96th St.

Events

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  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, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
16" Softball League at Ridge 155910Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/06/19 15:30From June 19, 2016 to August 14, 2016
Each Sunday from 10:30am to 4pm
$210.00
16" Softball League at Ridge 155909Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/06/13 23:30From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Friday, August 19, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Friday, August 19, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8pm
$210.00
Adult Swim at Ridge 155935OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Adult Swim at Ridge 155935OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Adult Swim at Ridge 155935OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 156023InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 00:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 156024InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/24 00:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 156054InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 156055InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 156056InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Ridge 156118InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/28 18:30From June 28, 2016 to August 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball League at Ridge 156228Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/13 23:00From June 13, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 10pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$210.00
Basketball League at Ridge 156227Team_LeagueSports - Basketball30 and upMale2016/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$210.00
Basketball League at Ridge 183612Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 15Male2016/06/09 23:30From June 9, 2016 to August 4, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$55.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 156287InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/06/14 15:00From June 14, 2016 to August 16, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
$77.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 156285InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/06/16 20:00From June 16, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
$47.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Ridge 156286InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$65.00
Ceramics at Ridge 156295InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/14 19:30From June 14, 2016 to August 16, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$47.00
Ceramics at Ridge 156296InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/06/16 18:30From June 16, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$37.00
Day Camp at Ridge 156457CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$363.00
Family Swim at Ridge 156725OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Ridge 156725OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Ridge 156725OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Gymnastics Camp at Ridge 156809CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/08/15 19:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$47.00
Lap Swim at Ridge 156990OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Monday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
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 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8:45am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 157203InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 157202InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 157200InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/24 23:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 157201InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 157199InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Play Camp at Ridge 157487CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$155.00
Sports Camp at Ridge 158239CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/08/16 15:00From August 16, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$55.00
TEAM Sports at Ridge 158333InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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 158434OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Teen Swim Male at Ridge 158441OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2016/06/21 20:15From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$0
Tennis Camp at Ridge 158488CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$26.00
Tennis Camp at Ridge 158487CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/07/05 15:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$26.00
Youth Swim at Ridge 159518OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Youth Swim at Ridge 159518OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Youth Swim Female at Ridge 158775OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Youth Swim Male at Ridge 158783OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Male2016/06/20 20:15From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$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.

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