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West Ridge Center

636 Ridge Rd.
Highland Park, IL 60035

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West Ridge Center is the perfect place for the young to explore and for adults to feel young!  Opportunities include:

  • Childhood Enrichment
  • After School
  • Visual Arts
  • Music, Dance, Theater
  • Martial Arts
  • Jammin’ Jungle Indoor Playground
  • Rental Spaces/Parties
  • Special Events


NEW! 2019 Front Desk 
Mon: 9am-5pm
Tue: 8am-6:30pm
Wed: 9am-5pm
Thu: 9am-5pm
Fri: 8am-4pm

NEW! 2019 Jammin’ Jungle Hours 
Mon: 8:30-10:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm and 3-5:00pm
Tue: 8:30-10:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm and 3-6:30pm
Wed: 8:30-10:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm and 3-5:00pm
Thu: 8:30-10:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm and 3-5:00pm
Fri: 8:30-10:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm and 3-4pm
Sat: 9-11 am

Administrative Offices
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm


Sara Stanke, Recreation Supervisor

Natalie Liang, Recreation Supervisor 

Cathy Fiori, Recreation Supervisor II

Mariana Henriques, Recreation Manager, Recreation & West Ridge Center

Registration Office 

Michele Long, Facility Coordinator


Childhood Enrichment…Benefits that will Last a Lifetime!

Our Childhood Enrichment curriculum provides children with a unique variety of opportunities to:

  • Increase their motor and social skill development
  • Learn and practice independence
  • Use their creativity and imagination
  • Develop an appreciation for learning
  • Understand the importance of exercise in everyday life

Our dedicated teachers have combined experience of over 75 years caring for young children. Our teachers are committed to supporting your child and providing these quality programs… with benefits that will last a lifetime!

To view our current program line up click here.



  • Registration starts Nov 14 for our Winter Childhood Enrichment programs 
  • A guide to 2019 fall programs will be available in the Summer Brochure.
    • Pre-K programs are expanded with new options
    • Brand new programs plus established Kindergarten and First Grade favorites are offered after school at West Ridge
    • An option for busing transportation from District 112 schools to West Ridge can connect your child’s school day with their West Ridge program
    • Be sure to also check out Athletics, Heller and Dance programs
    • Full Year registration is  available with a two-part payment option

For more information contact:
Cathy Fiori, Recreation Supervisor II
Phone: 847.579.3123


The HP Studio for Visual Arts offers a variety of visual art classes for children and adults who show interest in exploring their imagination and talents in a creative and supportive setting.  Our philosophy is to offer a variety of classes to encourage learning in a fun and creative way.

Youth Programs

Clay Shop offers participants in grades 1-4 an opportunity to build confidence and creativity while learning various hand building techniques with clay. Clay Shop is offered on Mondays.

Re-Use, Re-Imagine! offers participants a chance to recycle materials into beautiful pieces of art! Re-Use, Re-Imagine! is offered on Tuesdays.

Adult Programs

Our Ceramic studio has a range of firing possibilities including high-fire gas reduction and electric. The studio also offers plenty of electric wheels, a slab roller, extruder, glaze spraying booth, and ample storage space for works in progress. Open studio time allows additional time for project completion.

To view and register for programs, click here.


Mariana Henriques, Recreation Manager
Phone: 847.579.3120

Dance can make a difference in a child’s life!

To register, click here.

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The Highland Park Studio for Dance and Performance is centered around a fun and nurturing environment that allows students to grow and advance at their own pace. Introductory classes focus on movement and coordination. Class levels progress to a more disciplined routine of stretching and proper techniques while promoting self-confidence. Our goal is to nurture each and every dancer while offering the highest level and quality of training.

Our professional staff strives for greatness in the areas of attitude, teachable spirit, discipline, selflessness, and integrity. We encourage every dancer to their fullest potential both inside and outside the dance studio.

Dance Sessions:

  • Fall Session (Sep. through Dec.) – Available in our Summer Brochure 
  • Winter Session (Jan. through May culminating in the Spring Dance Show) – Winter dance class options are available for registration in our Winter brochure viewable here.  img_0625
  • Spring Session (May through Jun.) – Available in our Spring Brochure
  • Summer Session (Jun. through Aug.) – Available in our Spring Brochure


Ballet classes:
Girls wear pastel pink leotards (without skirt or tutu), pink tights and pink ballet shoes.
Boys wear black pants, white or black shirt, and black ballet shoes.

Hip-Hop and Tap:
Comfortable clothes (no jeans) and clean-soled shoes. No street shoes.

Modern and Contemporary classes:
Black pants (no bare knees), black leotard and no shoes

Jazz, Performance and Broadway classes:
Black pants (no bare knees), black leotard and black jazz shoes

We are excited to introduce our professional dance instructors who have trained with world renowned dancers such as… Merce Cunningham, Randy Duncan and Larry Long View their Bios Here

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Fall/Full Year Dance Programs

To register: click here
Costume and 2019 Spring Show Performance are included in all Fall Programs
Tickets sold separately.

MondayTuesdayWednesday ThursdayFridaySaturday
Parent & Tot Dance
(Ages 2-4)
Fantasy Dance
(Ages 2-4)
Fantasy Dance
(Ages 2-4)
Parent & Tot Dance
(Ages 2-4)
Expressive Modern
(Ages 2-5)
Hip-Hop Ballet
(Ages 3-6)
Hip-Hop Ballet
(Ages 3-5)
Fantasy Dance
(Ages 2-4)
Pre-Ballet I
(Grades K-1)
Fancy Feet
(Ages 3-5)
ShowBiz Kids
(Ages 3-5)
Fancy Feet
(Ages 3-5)
Ballet I
(Ages 5-7)
Hip Hop
(Grades K-1)
Hip Hop Ballet - Level I
(Ages 3-5)
Ballet II
(Ages 6-8)
Hip-Hop Ballet Level II
(Ages 4-6)
Ballet III
(Ages 7-10)
Hip Hop
(Ages 7-9)
(Ages 5-8)
(Ages 7-14)
Hip Hop
(Ages 9-12)
West Ridge Connection transportation available for selected programs.

Natalie Liang, Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 847.579.3131

Dance Progressive Programs

(click here for our Progressive Programs chart to decide which program is right for you)

Be Inspired By the Magic of Theatre! Join us on the stage this winter. 





Musical Theatre Tots: Little Red Hen

Performance Program and Young Performers: Hairspray Jr. 

Winter Theatre Show: Sunday, May 5, 2019

*Mandatory Rehearsal: Saturday, May 4, 2019


Click Here to register for Winter Programs!

Musical Theatre Tots! | Ages 3-5

Students will delight in performing on stage! Students will make new friends, connect to the musical theatre, and build a community among young artists. Theatre helps young children develop social, language, physical, and cognitive skills. Costumes are provided at the final performance. Children must be potty-trained and ready for a drop-off group experience. Instructor: Margo Proeh. Min/Max 7/20.

Young Performers | Grades K-1

Kids have their first chance to perform on stage. All children attend weekly rehearsals to learn songs, dances, and scenes. The class includes acting, games, singing, and dancing. Each child enrolled receives a part, an audio file, and a script for personal practice. Instructor: Margo Proeh. Min/Max 7/35.

Performance Program | Grades 2-6

All children have the opportunity to perform in a musical theater production on stage. Actors rehearse weekly under the direction of our highly-accredited vocal, dance, and drama instructors. The final performance includes original costumes, sound and set. Each child who auditions receives a part, an audio file and a script for personal practice. First rehearsal is mandatory. Instructor: Margo Proeh. Min/Max 7/20.

*NEW* – The Audition Clinic for Hairspray Jr.*

Sat Jan 5 2:25-4:25pm

Prepare for your next audition with this supplemental but optional singing, acting and dancing clinic! We hone in on the essentials that will help improve your theatre skills to use in the Performance  Program audition for Hairspray Jr. Instructors: Margo Proeh, Gabrielle Garza and the Children’s Theatre Co.

Just Improv | Grades 2-6

Are you an aspiring young Fey or Fallon? Learn the improv skills from First Line Freeze to Jump Emotions to Sphinx: and how to build scene spontaneously in this fast paced and fun class. We will work on skills that will get you out of your head and into your imagination, the concept of “yes” and the importance of ensemble. The only materials required for this fun class are an open mind and a sense of adventure!
Instructor: Margo Proeh. Min/Max 4/16.


Natalie Liang, Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 847.579.3131

Karate  (Wednesdays): Click Here To Register For All Karate Programs

Instructors of the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club, under the direction of John DiPasquale, a four-time National Champion and former U.S. Karate National Coach, lead the Park District’s karate programs. Deerfield Park District residents, through a cooperative agreement, pay resident rates. This discount is not available through online registration.

Uniforms are not mandatory but are recommended at the beginning level. Uniforms are mandatory at the continuing, intermediate and advanced levels and program advancement is emphasized. Uniforms and belt testing are available through the ISKC instructor for an additional fee. Purchasing safety equipment ($50-100) is required for continuing, intermediate and advanced levels. Belt Testing Belt testing is available twice a year at various suburban locations for an additional fee. Uniforms and belt testing are available through ISKC instructor.

Youth Karate (Ages 8-14)
Karate skills put children in touch with their bodies and help build coordination, agility, strength and poise, as well as personal safety skills in a well-supervised setting. The confidence gained helps foster a strong positive self-image. The mental aspect builds confidence, control and discipline, and the physical aspect is enjoyable and beneficial.

Pre-Karate (Ages 4-7)
Through a variety of fun and creative activities, children develop coordination, strength and personal safety skills in a well-supervised setting. This program helps children develop memory and agility skills that are necessary for success in school and other sports.

Parent/Child Karate (Parent/Child, Ages 8 & Up)
Share quality time with your child while developing muscle tone, coordination, cardiovascular fitness and karate skills. Regardless of age, weight or current physical condition, karate can put your family on the right track to physical well-being. 

Taekwondo (Mondays or Thursdays): Click Here To Register for All Taekwondo Programs

One of the newest Olympic sports is a 2000-year-old martial art offering a variety of benefits for people of all ages and physical abilities. Students have the opportunity to improve concentration and self-esteem, achieve lifelong physical fitness and learn self-defense skills. Classes are taught under the direction of Grand Master Ki Hong Kim (8th Dan World Tae Kwon Do Federation).

A $45 uniform fee is required at the first class. Belt testing is offered through the K.H. Kim’s Taekwondo (OATC) at an additional fee. All colored belt students are required to have complete sparring gears. Please note, after the second class the fee is not refundable.

Little Dragons (Ages 4-5)
This introductory class is designed to captivate the interest of our youngest students. Skills are developed through gentle instruction and appropriate games for their ability. This class focuses on developing balance, coordination and respect for the discipline of martial arts training.

Early Taekwondo (Ages 6-7)
Designed especially for younger children, this program helps kids develop conditioning, coordination, listening skills and self-confidence through creative activities.

Adult & Child Taekwondo (Parent/Child, Ages 7 & Up)
This class provides families with a fun opportunity to spend time together while improving physical and mental conditioning through cardiovascular drills, calisthenics and traditional Taekwondo techniques including punching, kicking and blocking.

Youth Taekwondo (Ages 8-13)
This program includes a balanced cardiovascular workout including punching, kicking and blocking skills using the Taekwondo tradition and self-control. Participants will improve coordination, power of concentration, balance and both physical and mental discipline.

Tina Ginter
Athletics Coordinator
Phone: 847.579.3198

Village (Adult/Child, Ages Newborn-16 Months)IMG_7694
This class stimulates the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development in the early days of your child’s life. We will participate in activities appropriate for the different stages of development for this age. We’ll play, massage, explore objects, sing and move to nurture development!

Our Time (Adult/Child, Ages 16 Months-3 1/2)
Based on child development research, this program addresses the whole child Scottthrough singing, listening, moving and playing simple instruments. We will also explore texture and sounds, play finger games and learn to “take turns” so social skills will blossom.


To register, click here.

Natalie Liang, Recreation Supervisor
Phone: 847.579.3131

West Ridge is a great place to have your next birthday party or business meeting! West Ridge has the” at home” feeling with roomsWRC_MultiFunctionRoom_HolidayDecor - low res full of toys, small tables and chairs to accommodate children. You can have your party here and leave the mess to us. You can bring in your own entertainment and food. We ask that you not bring in live animals or DJs.

  • Jammin’ Jungle is our indoor playground and can be a great setting for the active child in your life.
  • Multi-purpose room is great for those big parties with room for up to 100 people.
  • Gym  is perfect for an athletic party.

Rental Days/Hours

All rentals are by the hour and are available Monday through Friday (depending on availability) and Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm. Rentals can be made up to 90 days in advance in person.


 Cost per Hour
Minimum of 2 hours per rental
Room capacityAmenities
Preschool Rooms $64/84*

Maximum Capacity: 30Toys
Tables & chairs
Sink (rooms 1 and 2)
Gymnasium $64/84*Maximum Capacity: 50Adjustable height basketball hoops
For athletics use only
No food and drinks allowed
Jammin' Jungle $75/95*Maximum Capacity: 30Indoor playground structure
child size bathrooms
No food and drinks allowed
Multi-Purpose Room $75/95*Maximum Capacity: 100Tables & Chairs
Additional Fees:All rentals will be charged a refundable $50 cleaning/damage deposit
*Sunday rentals are charged an additional non-refundable after hours fee: $25/hour

For availability Inquiries

Michele Long
Facility Coordinator
Phone: 847.579.3125

Park District of Highland Park Building Use Policy Rental Rules and Regulations

  1. Park District sponsored activities shall have priority in all facility usage.
  2. All rentals must be applied for in-person at the designated facility at which time full payment is required.
  3. Any individuals or groups applying for use of the facility must complete and submit the appropriate permit with the exception of scheduled Park District activities. The permits may be submitted no more than ninety (90) days prior to the proposed usage date and approved by the Center Supervisor dependent upon facility availability.
  4. Rentals are ninety percent (90%) refundable if reservation is canceled ten (10) or more working days prior to approved rental date.
  5. A refundable cleaning deposit will be charged. Cleaning deposits shall be refunded approximately two weeks after the date of rental if the group or individuals using the Center left the room in an orderly state. Please note: Additional fees will be assessed to the renter if there is any damage incurred by misuse of the facility and its property.
  6. All rental fees and charges are subject to change and are established annually by the Board.
    Rental fees will be charged based on 2 divisions: Resident and nonresident. Proof of residency is required with a valid ID.
    Individuals signing permit must be 21 years of age, be present during rental period and assume responsibility for all actions of the group and usage of the room and equipment including the chaperoning of minors.
  7. A rental permit shall be revoked at any time due to misconduct of individuals, falsification of information, misuse of property or failure to comply with Center and Park District rules and regulations. Rental payment will be forfeited to the Park District and future permits will not be issued to group or individuals involved.
  8. Park District reserves the right to prohibit any rental application which is contrary to the public safety and welfare.
    Any use of loudspeaker or public address instruments must be approved by the Park District. Necessary information must be submitted on rental application.
  9. Rental information for each facility, including forms, fees, hours and duration, room availability, and rules/regulations are available at the designated facility.
  10. Permits for fund-raising activities must be submitted thirty (30) days prior to the proposed usage date and must be approved by the Board.