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Kennedy Park
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Kennedy Park Overview

Kennedy Park is a part of Morgan Park.

A small, quiet community of single-family homes and Prairie-style bungalows, this hidden south side gem offers families stability, comfort and affordability. Kennedy Park is often grouped in with its big sister neighborhoods (Beverly and Morgan Park). This has actually been a good thing as Kennedy Park has benefited from the communities' organized planning initiatives and historic preservation programs. Not to mention Kennedy Park is right along the famous South Side Irish Parade path that celebrates St. Patrick's Day in true Chicago style. The rest of the year the neighborhood is pretty calm. A traditional Irish pub and a one-of-a-kind antique dealer/barber shop are all the excitement this peaceful residential locale needs.

Kennedy Park History

Kennedy Park is a small Chicago neighborhood, originally part of the greater Morgan Park area which originated in 1869 when the Blue Island Land and Building Company purchased the property from a family that owned much of the land in the vicinity. It was the intention of the developers to turn the area into a residential and commercial district and to create a viable, self-sufficient community south of the busy city center of Chicago.

In addition to developing much of the land, the company also donated some of its property for use as the Mount Vernon Military Academy (now Morgan Park Academy) and even convinced the Baptist Theological Union to relocate to the area as well. Morgan Park was on the rise. In 1882, Morgan Park was incorporated, and although the residents of the town resisted the union, the promise of better schools and policing tipped the scales in favor of annexation. Morgan Park (including the area that would one day be Kennedy Park) was officially made a part of the city of Chicago in 1914.

Eventually, Kennedy Park became its own neighborhood, taking its title from the park that occupies the center of the tiny, eight-square-block community. Before we did our homework, we assumed the neighborhood and the park were named for JFK, but it turns out the park was actually christened in honor of Calumet Park commission member DJ Kennedy in 1932, and the community subsequently took on the title later on. You learn something new every day. Thanks to the Beverly Area Planning Association and their annual home tour of the greater Beverly and Morgan Park areas (which includes Kennedy Park), the community has been able to promote housing development as well as the historic preservation of the neighborhood’s distinctive Prairie-style architecture. The non-profit organization is a grassroots group of businesses and civic groups that has been working for the betterment of the Beverly/Morgan Park/Kennedy Park area for the past 60 years. And from what we’ve seen, they’ve done a phenomenal job. Today Kennedy Park is an established, integrated neighborhood with its namesake scenic park and reasonably priced housing that play home to a diverse group of Chicago families.

The Sights of Kennedy Park

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Schools In The Kennedy Park Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Kennedy Park area.

School Type Grade Rating

Meadow Lane School

11800 South Meadow Lane Drive - public

Elementary 3-5

Atwood Heights School District 125

12150 South Hamlin Ave -

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Keller Elementary Gifted Magnet School

3020 West 108th St - public

Elementary - Middle K-8

Barnard Elementary Comp Math & Science Center

10354 S Charles St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Southeast Elementary School

9800 South Francisco Ave - public

Elementary K-6

St Christina School

3333 West 110th Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Ridge Academy

2501 West 103rd Street - private

Elementary - Middle 1-8

Tabernacle Christian Academy

1233 West 109th Place - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Chicago Excel Academy High School

1269 West 111th St - public

High 9-12

Hamlin Upper Grade Center

12150 South Hamlin Avenue - public

Middle 6-8

Morgan Park High School

1744 West Pryor Ave - public

Middle - High 7-12

Shoop Math-Sci Tech Elementary Academy

11140 South Bishop St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Evergreen Park High School

9901 South Kedzie Ave - public

High 9-12

Colemon J Elementary Academy

1441 West 119th St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8

St Walter School

11741 South Western Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Queen Of Martyrs Elementary School

3550 West 103rd Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8

St Cajetan Elementary School

2447 West 112th Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8

Morgan Park Academy

2153 W 111th St - private

Preschool - High PK-12

Evergreen Park Chsd 231 School District

9901 South Kedzie Ave -

High 9-12

Paul Revere Intermediate School

12331 Gregory St - public

Elementary 4-5

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

Surrounding Neighborhoods

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