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.

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 Ornamental Fountain

Wicker Ornamental Fountain

Location Notes: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

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

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 94148Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:30From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 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
$405.00
Winter Break Camp at Wicker 95500CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/12/22 15:00From December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 6pm
Each Friday from 9am to 6pm
$60.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Wicker 98640InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Art & ABCs at Wicker 98641InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Wicker 98886OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/12 19:30From January 12, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Wicker 98994OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/17 00:30From January 16, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, February 13, 2015
$0
Basketball at Wicker 99644InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2015/01/16 22:30From January 16, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Basketball at Wicker 112804InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/01/16 23:15From January 16, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$10.00
Drop-in at Wicker 112805InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to April 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Wicker 99978InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Indoor Soccer at Wicker 99977InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/01/14 22:30From January 14, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Music at Wicker 100527InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/14 16:30From January 14, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Wicker 100968InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 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
$135.00
Teen Leadership Club at Wicker 101734InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to April 10, 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
$60.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Wicker 101952InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/12 16:30From January 12, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Wicker 101953InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/12 18:00From January 12, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Wicker 101954InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/16 16:30From January 16, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Wicker 101998InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/16 18:00From January 16, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$20.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 102030OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:15am
$60.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 102031OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2015/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$60.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 102032OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:15am
$60.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 102033OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$60.00
Volleyball at Wicker 102123InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2015/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Wicker 112803InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/01/15 22:30From January 15, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00

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Description

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.