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

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Wicker 136421InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/12 16:30From January 12, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Wicker 136661OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/04 19:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$21.00
Basketball at Wicker 136766InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2016/01/15 22:30From January 15, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Basketball at Wicker 136662InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/01/15 23:30From January 15, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Wicker 150207InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/01/20 23:30From January 20, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Gym Wheel Arts Partner - Beginning at Wicker 150979InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$80.00
Indoor Soccer at Wicker 137712InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/01/04 22:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Indoor Soccer at Wicker 137711InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Music at Wicker 138248InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$21.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Wicker 138428InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 25, 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
$138.00
Teen Leadership Club at Wicker 139209InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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
$61.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at Wicker 150206InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$21.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Wicker 139444InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$21.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Wicker 139445InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/11 18:00From January 11, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$21.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Wicker 139481InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least but less than 3Coed2016/01/15 16:30From January 15, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$21.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Wicker 139482InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/01/15 18:00From January 15, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$21.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 139516OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:15am
$61.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 139517OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than Coed2016/01/04 17:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$61.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 139518OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:15am
$61.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 139519OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$61.00
Volleyball at Wicker 139661InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2016/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00

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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.