Wentworth Park

  • 5625 S. Mobile Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60638 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Dan Ryan
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6993

Located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, Wentworth Park totals 15.08 acres and features a gymnasium, multi-purpose clubrooms, and an indoor pool (Wentworth Kennedy School). Outdoor, the park offers baseball/softball/football/soccer/ fields, tennis/ basketball courts, a playground and spray pool. Additionally, a new ice rink has been added for the entire family enjoyment. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose clubrooms and gymnasium.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, aquatics, preschool activities, gymnastics and arts & crafts. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Wentworth Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, including holiday-themed events.

History

Soon after World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major initiative to create new parks for the first time in many years. This Ten Year Plan identified 43 sites in neighborhoods with few recreational facilities and in undeveloped areas which were starting to boom. In 1947, the park district acquired property in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, an area which doubled in population between 1940 and 1950. Before any improvements were made, the Board of Education requested that the northeastern corner of the park be devoted to a new elementary school. The park district sold the property to the board, and began improving the remaining parkland in 1956. By the time the Board of Education constructed John H. Kinzie Elementary School the following year, Wentworth Park included an athletic field; volleyball, basketball, horse shoe, and tennis courts; and a children's playground. The park district added a recreation building and sun deck in 1964. In 1965, the Board of Education built the new Kennedy High School on 56th Street across from Wentworth Park. For years, the park district has provided jointly-operated programs from both of the schools. John Wentworth (1815-1888), a well-known early settler and civic leader, originally owned much of the land located near what became the park. Raised in New Hampshire and a graduate of Dartmouth College, Wentworth decided to head west to seek his fortune at the age of 21. He was soon hired as editor of the Chicago Democrat, and also began studying the law. He went on to serve five terms in Congress, and two terms as Mayor of Chicago. Considered one of the city's most flamboyant politicians, he was known as "Long John" Wentworth because of his six-foot-six tall, three-hundred pound physique.

Parking/Directions

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

Wentworth Baseball

Wentworth Baseball

Location Notes: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

Wentworth Basketball

Wentworth Basketball

Location Notes: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

Wentworth Park - Park Dogs

Wentworth Park - Park Dogs

Location: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)544-0987

Wentworth Fieldhouse

Wentworth Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

Hours: , ,

Wentworth Gymnasium

Wentworth Gymnasium

Location Notes: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

Wentworth Clubroom

Wentworth Clubroom

Location Notes: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

Wentworth Playground

Wentworth PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

Wentworth Tennis Courts

Wentworth Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

Wentworth Water Spray Feature

Wentworth Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 5625 S. Mobile Ave.

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Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Wentworth 89367InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 00:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Wentworth 89368InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/19 00:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Basketball at Wentworth 89671InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/10/29 22:00From October 29, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Bitty Basketball at Wentworth 89722InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2014/10/29 21:00From October 29, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
Drop-in at Wentworth 89932InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 19:45From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Wentworth 90083InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Gymnastics at Wentworth 90233InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9Female2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Gymnastics at Wentworth 90234InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13Female2014/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Gymnastics at Wentworth 91010InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 21:15From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Kiddie College at Wentworth 90410InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$140.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth 90521InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth 90519InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/18 00:00From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth 90520InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth 90518InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
NERF Soccer at Wentworth 90742InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 21:15From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Play School at Wentworth 90920InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2014/09/15 17:30From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$85.00
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth 102335InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth 91088InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Male2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Soccer at Wentworth 91252InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Male2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
Tap & Ballet at Wentworth 91370InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2014/09/18 21:15From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Team Gymnastics at Wentworth 91382InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15Female2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Wentworth 91399InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Wentworth 91506InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Tot Spot at Wentworth 91585OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2014/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
Volleyball at Wentworth 91707InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$20.00
Volleyball League at Wentworth 91717Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 11Female2014/10/27 22:00From October 27, 2014 to February 23, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
$175.00
Volleyball League at Wentworth 91718Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2014/10/28 22:00From October 28, 2014 to February 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
$175.00
Volleyball League at Wentworth 91719Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2014/10/29 22:00From October 29, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm
$175.00
Volleyball League at Wentworth 112799Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2014/11/07 00:30From November 6, 2014 to April 16, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$150.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Wentworth 95839InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Wentworth 95840InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Basketball at Wentworth 96127InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Basketball League at Wentworth 96178Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 14Male2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$175.00
Basketball League at Wentworth 96179Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Male2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
$175.00
Basketball League at Wentworth 96177Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 12Male2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 27, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$175.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Wentworth 112476InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 11Female2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Drop-in at Wentworth 96434InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:45From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$20.00
Family Skate at Wentworth 96447OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 23:30From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Wentworth 96573InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$15.00
Gymnastics at Wentworth 96701InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9Female2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Gymnastics at Wentworth 96702InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Gymnastics at Wentworth 97639InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Wentworth 96778OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/29 18:00From December 29, 2014 to January 1, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 5pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Wentworth 114264OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2015/01/19 18:00January 19, 2015
Monday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Wentworth 96777OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/22 18:00From December 22, 2014 to December 24, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 5pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate (Holiday) at Wentworth 114266OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2015/02/16 18:00February 16, 2015
Monday from Noon to 5pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Wentworth 96776OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/30 18:00From November 30, 2014 to March 1, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 6pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Wentworth 96771OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Wentworth 96771OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Wentworth 96771OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Wentworth 96771OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 21:00From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Plus the following dates:
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 3pm to 5pm
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 3pm to 4pm
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Wentworth 96772OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/04 21:00From December 4, 2014 to February 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, January 1, 2015
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Wentworth 96773OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/28 19:30From November 28, 2014 to February 27, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 9pm
$3.00
Ice Skating - Open Skate at Wentworth 96774OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 19:00From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 5pm
$3.00
Kiddie College at Wentworth 96938InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$140.00
Learn to Skate at Wentworth 96957InstructionSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 17:45From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 17, 2015
$10.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth 97036InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth 97034InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 01:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth 97035InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Wentworth 97033InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
NERF Soccer at Wentworth 97235InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2015 to March 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Pond Hockey at Wentworth 114012OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/04 01:30From December 3, 2014 to February 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$7.00
Pond Hockey at Wentworth 97551OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 16:45From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:45am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, January 17, 2015
$7.00
Rat Hockey at Wentworth 97579OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2014/12/01 00:30From November 30, 2014 to March 1, 2015
Each Sunday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$10.00
Rat Hockey at Wentworth 97578OpenSports - Skating18 and upCoed2014/12/05 01:30From December 4, 2014 to February 26, 2015
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 9pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth 112475InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 9, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Wentworth 97718InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Sled Assisted Skating at Wentworth 97805OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/12/03 23:00From December 3, 2014 to March 1, 2015
Each Sunday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Soccer at Wentworth 97893InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
Stick & Puck at Wentworth 97948OpenSports - SkatingAnyCoed2014/11/29 16:00From November 29, 2014 to February 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$7.00
Tap & Ballet at Wentworth 98002InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Team Gymnastics at Wentworth 98015InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 18Female2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Wentworth 98031InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Wentworth 113249InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Tot Spot at Wentworth 98191OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
Volleyball at Wentworth 98308InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$15.00

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Located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, Wentworth Park totals 15.08 acres and features a gymnasium, multi-purpose clubrooms, and an indoor pool (Wentworth Kennedy School). Outdoor, the park offers baseball/softball/football/soccer/ fields, tennis/ basketball courts, a playground and spray pool. Additionally, a new ice rink has been added for the entire family enjoyment. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose clubrooms and gymnasium.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, aquatics, preschool activities, gymnastics and arts & crafts. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Wentworth Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, including holiday-themed events.

Soon after World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major initiative to create new parks for the first time in many years. This Ten Year Plan identified 43 sites in neighborhoods with few recreational facilities and in undeveloped areas which were starting to boom. In 1947, the park district acquired property in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, an area which doubled in population between 1940 and 1950. Before any improvements were made, the Board of Education requested that the northeastern corner of the park be devoted to a new elementary school. The park district sold the property to the board, and began improving the remaining parkland in 1956. By the time the Board of Education constructed John H. Kinzie Elementary School the following year, Wentworth Park included an athletic field; volleyball, basketball, horse shoe, and tennis courts; and a children's playground. The park district added a recreation building and sun deck in 1964. In 1965, the Board of Education built the new Kennedy High School on 56th Street across from Wentworth Park. For years, the park district has provided jointly-operated programs from both of the schools. John Wentworth (1815-1888), a well-known early settler and civic leader, originally owned much of the land located near what became the park. Raised in New Hampshire and a graduate of Dartmouth College, Wentworth decided to head west to seek his fortune at the age of 21. He was soon hired as editor of the Chicago Democrat, and also began studying the law. He went on to serve five terms in Congress, and two terms as Mayor of Chicago. Considered one of the city's most flamboyant politicians, he was known as "Long John" Wentworth because of his six-foot-six tall, three-hundred pound physique.

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