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

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.

Payground Art

Payground Art (1)

Location Notes: North exterior wall of field house

Gurgolye Fountain

Gurgolye Fountain (1)

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

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 Park Community Garden

Wicker Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 1425 N. Damen Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

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

Location Notes: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Events

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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
Art & ABCs at Wicker 125131InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2015 to November 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$21.00
Art & ABCs at Wicker 125132InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2015 to November 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$21.00
Basketball - 4 on 4 at Wicker 148237InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 21:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Wicker 148234OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/09/14 18:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$20.00
Circus Arts at Wicker 148238InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2015/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$80.00
Flag Football at Wicker 126066InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2015 to November 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$21.00
Flag Football at Wicker 148235InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/09/16 21:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Wicker 126126InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to November 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Frisbee Football at Wicker 148236InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/18 22:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
NERF Football at Wicker 127217InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/15 21:45From September 15, 2015 to November 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$21.00
NERF Soccer at Wicker 127223InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to November 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$41.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Wicker 127384InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:30From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 2015
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
$138.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Wicker 127459Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:30From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 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
$414.00
Play School at Wicker 127535InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 15:30From September 18, 2015 to November 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$21.00
Teen Leadership Club at Wicker 128239InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/09/01 20:30From September 1, 2015 to December 18, 2015
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
$61.00
Tennis at Wicker 128285InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2015 to November 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$41.00
Tennis at Wicker 128286InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to November 16, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$41.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 128635OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2015/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2015 to November 18, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:15am
$61.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 128636OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2015/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2015 to November 18, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$61.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 128637OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2015 to November 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:15am
$61.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 128638OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2015 to November 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$61.00
Winter Break Camp at Wicker 128877CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/12/21 15:00From December 21, 2015 to January 1, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 6pm
Each Friday from 9am to 6pm
$61.00

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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.