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

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

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Acting at Ridge 164797InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 10pm
$0
Adult Swim at Ridge 164819OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 164832InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 164831InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Ridge 164833InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 14:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ridge 164912InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 164968InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 164969InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ridge 164970InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Arts & Crafts at Ridge 165040InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Ballet - Beginner at Ridge 165104InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 7Female2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$22.00
Basketball at Ridge 165302InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Basketball League at Ridge 165349Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 11Female2016/08/21 16:00From August 21, 2016 to October 30, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to 4pm
$56.00
Basketball League at Ridge 165347Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 14Female2016/08/29 22:30From August 29, 2016 to October 31, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$56.00
Basketball League at Ridge 165348Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 15Female2016/08/30 22:30From August 30, 2016 to November 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$56.00
Basketball League at Ridge 165346Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2016/08/19 22:30From August 19, 2016 to November 4, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
$56.00
Bitty Basketball at Ridge 165431InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$37.00
Ceramics at Ridge 165523InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$37.00
Ceramics at Ridge 165529InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
$62.00
Ceramics at Ridge 165530InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
$72.00
Ceramics at Ridge 165526InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$37.00
Ceramics at Ridge 165531InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$72.00
Ceramics at Ridge 165527InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/21 20:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$37.00
Ceramics at Ridge 165524InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 20:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$37.00
Ceramics at Ridge 165528InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$62.00
Ceramics at Ridge 165525InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$37.00
Dodgeball at Ridge 165783InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Family Ceramics at Ridge 165847InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$37.00
Family Swim at Ridge 165866OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Family Woodcraft at Ridge 165876InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$27.00
Flag Football at Ridge 165943InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to October 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$16.00
Floor Hockey at Ridge 165994InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Fun With Food at Ridge 184043InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$22.00
Golf at Ridge 166097InstructionSports - GolfAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 20:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 166120InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$27.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 166121InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$27.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 166124InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$22.00
Gymnastics at Ridge 184039InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$22.00
Indoor Soccer at Ridge 166516InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Indoor Soccer at Ridge 166517InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$22.00
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
Learn to Swim at Ridge 166851InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/25 15:00From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 166853InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/25 16:00From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 166852InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 166850InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 166848InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 184811InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 166849InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 20:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 166846InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ridge 166847InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
NERF Football at Ridge 167130InstructionSports - FootballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Ridge 167232InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/21 14:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$22.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Ridge 167234InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$22.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Ridge 167233InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/24 15:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$22.00
Play Production at Ridge 167451InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
$0
Sculpture Open Studio at Ridge 167721OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$27.00
Senior Swim at Ridge 167946OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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 167956InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$32.00
Sewing at Ridge 167955InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Team Gymnastics at Ridge 168237InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 19:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$27.00
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
Tennis at Ridge 184040InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Ridge 184042InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 18:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$22.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Ridge 184922InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 19:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$16.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 168595InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/25 17:00From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 168596InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 168597InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 168599InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 168598InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 168593InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ridge 168594InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 168655InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 168656InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 168657InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 168659InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 16:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 168658InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 14:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 168660InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 168654InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 16:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 168662InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ridge 168661InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Ridge 184812InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Ridge 184038InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$27.00
Tot Spot at Ridge 184041OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/09/23 16:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$22.00
Volleyball at Ridge 168951InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 16Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Volleyball League at Ridge 168980Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/07 23:30From September 7, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$209.00
Volleyball League at Ridge 168979Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/08 23:30From September 8, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$209.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 169086InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$27.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 169087InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$52.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 169088InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$27.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 169089InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$52.00
Woodcraft at Ridge 169090InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$52.00
Yoga at Ridge 184036InstructionWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Yoga at Ridge 169132InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$27.00
Yoga/Pilates at Ridge 184037InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$27.00
Young Scientist at Ridge 169175InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$22.00
Youth Swim at Ridge 169193OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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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