Wentworth Gardens Park

  • 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Drennon Jones
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6996

Located in the Armour Square Community Area, Wenworth Gardens Park totals .83 acres and features a community center with a gymnasium and meeting rooms. In conjunction with the Chicago Housing Authority, the park offers a baseball field, basketball courts, a swimming pool and playground.

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Wentworth Gardens Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

History

Around 1900, the Chicago White Sox, then the city's only professional baseball team built a ball field at Pershing Road and Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community. By 1913, the property had passed to the Chicago Baseball League's (later the Negro National League's) American Giants, who erected a 9,000-seat grandstand there. By 1946, the ball field was gone, and the Chicago Housing Authority began building the 422-unit Wentworth Gardens public housing development on the site of the former ball field. The complex included a centrally-located community center to provide a gathering place for residents of the Wentworth Gardens Homes. In 1964, the Chicago Park District began offering recreational programming at the community center on behalf of CHA. In 1968, the agencies formalized the relationship, with the park district signing a lease for use of the community building and more than an acre of surrounding property. The following year, the park district constructed a swimming pool behind the community center. In 1991, the park district provided new recreational opportunities to residents by adding volleyball and basketball courts, a soft surface playground, a jogging path, and a picnic area. Wentworth Gardens Park and the surrounding housing development take their names from adjacent Wentworth Avenue. The street honors John Wentworth (1815-1888), one of Chicago's best-known civic leaders. Born to a prominent family, Wentworth's paternal grandfather was a member of the Continental Congress and his maternal grandfather served as a colonel under George Washington. Almost immediately after arriving from the East in 1836, Wentworth became editor of the Chicago Democrat, and quickly involved himself in the fledgling city's politics. In 1857, and again in 1860, Wentworth was elected to a one-year term as mayor. He later became the city's police chief and also served five consecutive terms in Congress. Considered one of Chicago's most flamboyant politicians, Wentworth was known as "Long John" for his six-foot-six, three-hundred-pound physique.

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Wentworth Garden Outdoor

Wentworth Garden Outdoor

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Garden Basketball Court

Wentworth Garden Basketball Court

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Garden Field House

Wentworth Garden Field House

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Hours: , ,

Wentworth Garden Gymnasium

Wentworth Garden Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Garden Clubroom

Wentworth Garden Clubroom

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Garden Playground

Wentworth Garden PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Wentworth Garden Park Pool

Wentworth Garden Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6996

Descriptors: Outdoor

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 Monday, December 12, 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
Arts & Crafts at Wentworth Gardens 165049InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/09/02 17:00From September 2, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Wentworth Gardens 165050InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/02 19:00From September 2, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Wentworth Gardens 166547InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/03 15:30From September 3, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Wentworth Gdns 167326InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$52.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Wentworth Gdns 167405Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$156.00
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth Gardens 167830InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/30 21:00From August 30, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth Gardens 167831InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/08/30 23:00From August 30, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Club at Wentworth Gardens 168310OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/08/30 23:00From August 30, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Winter Break Camp at Wentworth Gardens 169055CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/19 15:30From December 19, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 6pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Wentworth Gardens 171943InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Wentworth Gardens 171944InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Wentworth Gardens 173377Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Male2017/01/31 22:00From January 31, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Wentworth Gdns 174044InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$52.00
Scrap Booking at Wentworth Gardens 171945InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth Gardens 174316InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth Gardens 174315InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at Wentworth Gardens 174803OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0

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Located in the Armour Square Community Area, Wenworth Gardens Park totals .83 acres and features a community center with a gymnasium and meeting rooms. In conjunction with the Chicago Housing Authority, the park offers a baseball field, basketball courts, a swimming pool and playground.

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Wentworth Gardens Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

Around 1900, the Chicago White Sox, then the city's only professional baseball team built a ball field at Pershing Road and Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square community. By 1913, the property had passed to the Chicago Baseball League's (later the Negro National League's) American Giants, who erected a 9,000-seat grandstand there. By 1946, the ball field was gone, and the Chicago Housing Authority began building the 422-unit Wentworth Gardens public housing development on the site of the former ball field. The complex included a centrally-located community center to provide a gathering place for residents of the Wentworth Gardens Homes. In 1964, the Chicago Park District began offering recreational programming at the community center on behalf of CHA. In 1968, the agencies formalized the relationship, with the park district signing a lease for use of the community building and more than an acre of surrounding property. The following year, the park district constructed a swimming pool behind the community center. In 1991, the park district provided new recreational opportunities to residents by adding volleyball and basketball courts, a soft surface playground, a jogging path, and a picnic area. Wentworth Gardens Park and the surrounding housing development take their names from adjacent Wentworth Avenue. The street honors John Wentworth (1815-1888), one of Chicago's best-known civic leaders. Born to a prominent family, Wentworth's paternal grandfather was a member of the Continental Congress and his maternal grandfather served as a colonel under George Washington. Almost immediately after arriving from the East in 1836, Wentworth became editor of the Chicago Democrat, and quickly involved himself in the fledgling city's politics. In 1857, and again in 1860, Wentworth was elected to a one-year term as mayor. He later became the city's police chief and also served five consecutive terms in Congress. Considered one of Chicago's most flamboyant politicians, Wentworth was known as "Long John" for his six-foot-six, three-hundred-pound physique.

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