Wicker Park

  • 1425 N. Damen Avenue   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Claribel "Clare" Rodriguez
  • 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.

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Wicker Softball

Wicker Softball

Location: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Basketball Court - Outdoor

Basketball Court - Outdoor

Location: 1425 N. Damen Ave.

Wicker Park Community Garden

Wicker Park Community Garden

Location: 1425 N. Damen Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Wicker Dog Friendly Area

Wicker Dog Friendly Area

Location: 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: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Wicker Ornamental Fountain

Wicker Ornamental Fountain

Location: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Wicker Gymnasium

Wicker Gymnasium

Location: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Wicker Clubroom

Wicker Clubroom

Location: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Wicker Playground

Wicker PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Day Camp at Wicker 82326CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 8CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$235.00
Day Camp at Wicker 87362CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 10CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$235.00
Day Camp at Wicker 87363CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$235.00
Early Bird Camp at Wicker 82417CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$80.00
Early Bird Teen Camp at Wicker 82420CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$80.00
Extended Camp at Wicker 82492CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$80.00
Extended Teen Camp at Wicker 82496CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$80.00
Late Summer Camp at Wicker 82777CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
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
$20.00
Late Summer Camp at Wicker 82779CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
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
$50.00
Late Summer Camp at Wicker 82778CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
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
$20.00
Leadership Camp at Wicker 82795CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$235.00
Play Camp at Wicker 83158CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 22, 2014
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
$50.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Wicker 83460Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Free
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Wicker 92024InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Art & ABCs at Wicker 92025InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$20.00
Flag Football at Wicker 111067InstructionSports - FootballAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
NERF Soccer at Wicker 93978InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$40.00
NERF Soccer at Wicker 93979InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$40.00
NERF Soccer at Wicker 93979InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$40.00
Play School at Wicker 94223InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$20.00
Teen Leadership Club at Wicker 94896InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
Tennis at Wicker 111068InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 17, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$40.00
Tennis at Wicker 111069InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 17, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$40.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 95285OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:15am
$60.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 95286OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 6m but less than CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 19, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$60.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 95287OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:15am
$60.00
Tot Spot at Wicker 95288OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 20, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:45pm
$60.00
Volleyball - Open at Wicker 95376OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$20.00
Winter Break Camp at Wicker 95500CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 6pm
Each Friday from 9am to 6pm
$60.00

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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.  

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622 1
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1425 N. Damen Ave. 2
Community Gardens 1425 N. Damen Ave. Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Dog Friendly Areas 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622 1 .14 acres, located at intersection of Wicker Park and Evergreen. Doggie drinking fountain.
Fieldhouse 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622 0
Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622 1
Gymnasiums 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622 1
Meeting/Event Space 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622 3
Playgrounds 1425 N. Damen Avenue Chicago IL 60622 0
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.