Wicker Park

  • 1425 N. Damen Avenue   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Claribel "Clare" Rodriguez
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7553
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Located in the West Town Community Area, Wicker Park totals 4.03 acres and features a field house with gymnasium and meeting rooms. Outside the park offers a large children’s playground with interactive water spray feature, a community garden area, ornamental fountain, dog friendly area and baseball field and basketball courts and an athletic field for soccer or football.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports and table games at the facility. 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, Wicker Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as indoor movies in the park and holiday events.

Though small in size, Wicker Park is especially well known for its lush and well-tended gardens.  These ornamental gardens, which comprise 10,000 square feet of space, were designed, funded, and are maintained by volunteers affiliated with the Wicker Park Garden Club.  The club works in close collaboration with the Chicago Park District through the Community Gardens in the Parks program.  Various sections of the gardens are designated in memory of individuals who worked to develop the gardens in the park: William Westfall, Marion Smith, Casey Wismont, Conrad Cwiertnia, and Allen Blaurock.  All interested gardeners are invited to attend weekly garden tending days where they will learn how to design and maintain gardens for their homes.  

History

In 1870, when businessmen and developers Charles G. and Joel H. Wicker began constructing drainage ditches and laying out streets in their subdivision, they donated a four-acre parcel of land to the city to be used as a public park. Fencing the triangular site to keep cows out, the city created an artificial lake in the center of the park, surrounding it with lawn and trees. As the Wickers had hoped, the area developed into a fashionable middle- and upper-class neighborhood. In 1885, the city transferred Wicker Park to the West Park Commission. Five years later, the West Park Commission filled the park's lake, replacing it with lawn. Between 1892 and 1895, a fanciful fountain was installed in the park. The cut-granite fountain had an outer basin which still exists, lovely ornamentation, and floral urns. In the center was a cast-iron fountain with foliage motifs and small gargoyle faces from which water was sprayed. In 1908, Jens Jensen, then West Park System Superintendent, removed the cast-iron fountain and replaced it with a jet spray, converting the fountain into a children's wading pool. Jensen also built pergolas (trellis-like structures) and planted additional trees and shrubs in Wicker Park. The West Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. To provide additional programs, the park district soon constructed a small fieldhouse in Wicker Park. The building proved inadequate, and the park district replaced it with an attractive post-modern fieldhouse in 1985. Throughout its history, the park has borne the Wicker family name. Having settled in Chicago in 1839, Charles G. and his brother Joel H. opened a wholesale grocery business. Charles went on to own two railroad lines, and to serve as Alderman, Cook County Supervisor, and Illinois State Legislator.

Parking/Directions

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

Gurgolye Fountain

Gurgolye Fountain (1)

Location Notes: East of W. Damen Avenue and south of the field house

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Payground Art

Payground Art (1)

Location Notes: North exterior wall of field house

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Wicker Softball

Wicker Softball

Location Notes: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Basketball Court - Outdoor

Basketball Court - Outdoor

Location Notes: 1425 N. Damen Ave.

Wicker Dog Friendly Area

Wicker Dog Friendly Area

Location Notes: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Notes: .14 acres, located at intersection of Wicker Park and Evergreen. Doggie drinking fountain.

Wicker Fieldhouse

Wicker Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Hours: ,

Wicker Gymnasium

Wicker Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Wicker Clubroom

Wicker Clubroom

Location Notes: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Wicker Playground

Wicker PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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
Basketball - Open at Wicker 165254OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$21.00
Circus Arts at Wicker 165613InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/24 16:15From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$82.00
Flag Football at Wicker 165957InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/09/27 22:30From September 27, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Park Kids - Fall at Wicker 167331InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$141.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Wicker 167407Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to June 23, 2017$423.00
Teen Leadership Club at Wicker 168343InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$62.00
Winter Break Camp at Wicker 169057CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/26 15:00From December 26, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 6pm
Each Friday from 9am to 6pm
$102.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Wicker 171900InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$23.00
Basketball - Open at Wicker 172147OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/12 01:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Wicker 187182OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/01/13 23:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$0
Basketball at Wicker 172243InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$13.00
Basketball at Wicker 172244InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Gym Wheel - Beginning Partnership at Wicker 173023InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 20:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$82.00
Gymnastics at Wicker 187190InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Indoor Soccer at Wicker 173334InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$13.00
Indoor Soccer at Wicker 173335InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Kiddie College at Wicker 187180InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 17:45From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:45am to 1:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:45am to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:45am to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 11:45am to 1:15pm
$66.00
Park Kids - Winter at Wicker 174049InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$141.00
Team Gymnastics at Wicker 187188InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Wicker 174841InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
$63.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Wicker 175124InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$23.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 175160OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
$63.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 175161OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
$63.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 175162OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:15am
$63.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 175163OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$63.00
Volleyball at Wicker 175367InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Young Scientist at Wicker 187186InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
$23.00

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Located in the West Town Community Area, Wicker Park totals 4.03 acres and features a field house with gymnasium and meeting rooms. Outside the park offers a large children’s playground with interactive water spray feature, a community garden area, ornamental fountain, dog friendly area and baseball field and basketball courts and an athletic field for soccer or football.

Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports and table games at the facility. 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, Wicker Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as indoor movies in the park and holiday events.

Though small in size, Wicker Park is especially well known for its lush and well-tended gardens.  These ornamental gardens, which comprise 10,000 square feet of space, were designed, funded, and are maintained by volunteers affiliated with the Wicker Park Garden Club.  The club works in close collaboration with the Chicago Park District through the Community Gardens in the Parks program.  Various sections of the gardens are designated in memory of individuals who worked to develop the gardens in the park: William Westfall, Marion Smith, Casey Wismont, Conrad Cwiertnia, and Allen Blaurock.  All interested gardeners are invited to attend weekly garden tending days where they will learn how to design and maintain gardens for their homes.  

In 1870, when businessmen and developers Charles G. and Joel H. Wicker began constructing drainage ditches and laying out streets in their subdivision, they donated a four-acre parcel of land to the city to be used as a public park. Fencing the triangular site to keep cows out, the city created an artificial lake in the center of the park, surrounding it with lawn and trees. As the Wickers had hoped, the area developed into a fashionable middle- and upper-class neighborhood. In 1885, the city transferred Wicker Park to the West Park Commission. Five years later, the West Park Commission filled the park's lake, replacing it with lawn. Between 1892 and 1895, a fanciful fountain was installed in the park. The cut-granite fountain had an outer basin which still exists, lovely ornamentation, and floral urns. In the center was a cast-iron fountain with foliage motifs and small gargoyle faces from which water was sprayed. In 1908, Jens Jensen, then West Park System Superintendent, removed the cast-iron fountain and replaced it with a jet spray, converting the fountain into a children's wading pool. Jensen also built pergolas (trellis-like structures) and planted additional trees and shrubs in Wicker Park. The West Park Commission was consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. To provide additional programs, the park district soon constructed a small fieldhouse in Wicker Park. The building proved inadequate, and the park district replaced it with an attractive post-modern fieldhouse in 1985. Throughout its history, the park has borne the Wicker family name. Having settled in Chicago in 1839, Charles G. and his brother Joel H. opened a wholesale grocery business. Charles went on to own two railroad lines, and to serve as Alderman, Cook County Supervisor, and Illinois State Legislator.

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