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Oketo Park
8950 Oketo Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053
Oketo Park is located in northern Morton Grove. This medium-size park features a baseball diamond and a basketballMore court. Oketo Park also has a wide open, grassy field and a small fieldhouse.
Greenwood Park
W Betty Ter & N Chester Ave, Niles, IL 60714
Greenwood Park is a modest-size neighborhood park. There is parking on the east side, on Chester Avenue, but no parkingMore on the west side, on Greenwood Avenue. The east side of the park has a basketball court, a pathway and trees. Farther west is a playground. The east end of the park is shady, with many trees, and also has a few picnic tables.
Grennan Heights Park
8255 N Oketo Ave, Niles, IL 60714

Grennan Heights is one of the Niles Park District's most popular parks. It's where children's soccer teams play andMore parents cheer them on, and there is also a baseball field with bleachers, tennis courts and a well-shaded playground.The building contains a gymnasium, basketball court, men's and women's locker rooms, a lounge area and a preschool. 

The parks hosts summer camps each year, and on the day of the Fourth of July parade (one of Niles' biggest community events), the parade route finishes at Grennan Heights, and there are tents, children's games, a band and food for a huge community celebration.

St. John Brebeuf School
8301 N Harlem Ave, Niles, IL 60714

St. John Brebeuf is not only a school, but a hub of activities for families and children. Throughout the school year,More the parking lot is filled with parents bringing their children to school, then later for basketball and volleyball games, Scout meetings, religious education and other endeavors.

It is the only Catholic school in Niles, since St. Isaac Jogues and Our Lady of Ransom parishes closed their schools. St. John Brebeuf, or SJB as locals affectionately call it, accepts children from those parishes and St. Martha in Morton Grove at parishioner rates for tuition.

St. John Brebeuf accepts students from preschool through eighth grade, and the school figures prominently in the life of the parish. Parents actively volunteer in the school, organizing everything from athletics to holiday parties to fundraisers, including the annual fundraising gala. 

"Our school is a place where learning occurs in an atmosphere of faith, care and challenge," says principal Margaret Whitman, who invites interested parents to call to schedule a visit.  

Niles Teen Center
373 Golf Mill Ctr, Niles, IL 60714

On most afternoons, severeal middle and high-school students walk or take the free bus to the Niles Teen Center,More located inside the Golf Mill Mall. There, director Mark Williams, a former middle school teacher, and his staff supervise as the students do homework, work on computers, watch TV or play Wii, swim in the pool and play board games. The staff also provides tutoring and, with input from Niles Family Services, assistance to teens who may be experiencing challenges in their personal lives. Interns from Niles Family Services also visit the Center once a week.  

The Teen Center organizes special events, such as movie nights, dances, lock-ins, game tournaments and dance classes. There are also field trips to bowling alleys, baseball games, the beach and other fun places. Kids can also earn community service hours by tutoring younger students.

The Teen Center is open to teens in sixth through twelfth grades. It is operated by the Village of Niles. Membership is $20 annually for teens who live in Niles or attend a school located in the village, and $35 for teens who do not.

The Niles Teen Center expanded in 2010 to include a large game/video/recreation room, a large TV room/lounge, a computer lab and study area, a library area and a lobby with a basketball hoop. Entertainment includes Playstation II, Xbox 360 Live, Wii, foosball, bumper pool, air hockey, darts, DVDs and cable TV, Guitar Hero, DDR, arts and crafts and educational workshops.

Niles Park District
6676 W Howard St, Niles, IL 60714

The headquarters location for the Niles Park District, it houses the preschool and the banquet facilities.More  The golf course is adjacent, and the indoor tennis complex (Tam) and the fitness/track/gymnasium facility (Golfview) are nearby.

The park district has 25 locations overall, including 14 parks, one ice rink (Iceland), one water park (Oasis) and the aforementioned golf course and recreational buildings. It operates a restaurant and is a member of the Maine-Niles Association for Special Recreation, which provides recreation for patrons with special needs.

The park district is a unit of government with taxing authority. It is governed by a board of directors who meet monthly. The executive director is Joe LoVerde.

Some examples of recreational opportunities the district offers include swim classes (in summer), a licensed preschool for three- and four-year-olds,  junior golf programs, a variety of summer camps for children, concerts in the park, hockey lessons and one of the largest youth basketball programs in the area. The district also plans seasonal special events. 

 


 

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