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

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball at Wicker 181980InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 8 but less than 13Female2017/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Art & ABCs at Wicker 178367InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/07 15:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Wicker 178698OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/06 00:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$28.00
Basketball at Wicker 178697InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Kiddie College at Wicker 180632InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 16:45From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 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
Leaders@Play at Wicker 179840InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Wicker 180415InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 20, 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
Except the following dates:
Monday, April 10, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
$141.00
Recreational Tumbling at Wicker 180207InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$24.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Wicker 181720InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:30From April 5, 2017 to May 31, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Spring Break Camp at Wicker 181192CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2017/04/10 14:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 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
$55.00
T-Ball at Wicker 180989InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/21 22:00From April 21, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$24.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Wicker 181582InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 15:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$24.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 181789OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 1y 7m Coed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:15am
$65.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 181788OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than 1y 7m Coed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$65.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 181787OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 15:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$65.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 181786OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$65.00
Track & Field at Wicker 181719InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Young Scientist at Wicker 178368InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$24.00

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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.