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

Events

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AfriCaribe at Wicker

Location: Wicker Park, Chicago, IL  60622

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Wicker 195705CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$265.00
Early Bird Camp at Wicker 195803CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$88.00
Early Bird Teen Camp at Wicker 195808CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$88.00
Extended Camp at Wicker 195887CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$88.00
Extended Teen Camp at Wicker 195892CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$88.00
Late Summer Camp at Wicker 196372CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 13:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$23.00
Late Summer Camp at Wicker 196374CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$55.00
Late Summer Camp at Wicker 196373CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 21:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$23.00
Leadership Camp at Wicker 196408CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$257.00
Play Camp at Wicker 196853CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/08/14 14:30From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$27.00
Teen Camp at Wicker 197211CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$55.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Wicker 197270Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/07/06 21:00From July 6, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0

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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.