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.