Wentworth Gardens Park

  • 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: VACANT
  • 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: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Garden Basketball Court

Wentworth Garden Basketball Court

Location: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Garden Field House

Wentworth Garden Field House

Location: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Garden Gymnasium

Wentworth Garden Gymnasium

Location: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Garden Clubroom

Wentworth Garden Clubroom

Location: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Wentworth Garden Playground

Wentworth Garden Playground

Location: 3770 S. Wentworth Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 2014.

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
Family Swim at Wentworth Gardens 87333OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Learn to Swim at Wentworth Gardens 82974InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth Gardens 82973InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth Gardens 82971InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth Gardens 82972InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Open Swim at Wentworth Gardens 87331OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Open Swim at Wentworth Gardens 87329OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
Free
TEAM Sports at Wentworth Gardens 83391InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Wentworth Gardens 92083InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoedFrom August 29, 2014 to December 12, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Free
Arts & Crafts at Wentworth Gardens 92084InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 29, 2014 to December 12, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
Free
Arts & Crafts at Wentworth Gardens 92085InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom August 29, 2014 to December 12, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Free
Inner City Flag Football at Wentworth Gardens 93397InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom August 30, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 3:30pm
Free
Park Kids - Fall Session at Wentworth Gardens 94092InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to December 12, 2014
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
$50.00
Park Kids- Fall Winter Spring at Wentworth Gardens 94152Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$150.00
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth Gardens 94440InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to December 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth Gardens 94441InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to December 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Free
Teen Club at Wentworth Gardens 94874OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to December 12, 2014
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
Free
Winter Break Camp at Wentworth Gardens 95499CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom December 15, 2014 to December 26, 2014
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
Free

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 3770 S. Wentworth Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 3770 S. Wentworth Ave. 1
Fieldhouse 3770 S. Wentworth Ave. 0
Gymnasiums 3770 S. Wentworth Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 3770 S. Wentworth Ave. 2
Playgrounds 3770 S. Wentworth Ave. 1
Swimming Pools 3770 S. Wentworth Ave. 0
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.