Wentworth Gardens Park

  • 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • 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 Gardens Park Baseball Field

Wentworth Gardens Park Baseball Field

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

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Wentworth Gardens Park Basketball Court

Wentworth Gardens Park Basketball Court

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Gardens Park Field House

Wentworth Gardens Park Field House

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

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Wentworth Gardens Park Gymnasium

Wentworth Gardens Park Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

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Wentworth Gardens Park Clubroom

Wentworth Gardens Park Clubroom

Location Notes: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Gardens Park Playground

Wentworth Gardens Park PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Wentworth Gardens 195701CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$132.00
Early Bird Camp at Wentworth Gardens 195801CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$44.00
Extended Camp at Wentworth Gardens 195885CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 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
$44.00
Family Swim at Wentworth Gardens 195942OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 14:00From June 16, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Learn to Swim at Wentworth Gardens 196612InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 14:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth Gardens 196611InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth Gardens 196609InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/06/24 15:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Wentworth Gardens 196610InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 18:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
TEAM Sports at Wentworth Gardens 197193InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 15:15From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$35.00

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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.