Wildwood Park

  • 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60646 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Sharon O'Connell
  • Phone: (773) 631-7455

Wildwood Park, located just south of Touhy Avenue, west of Lehigh Avenue, and blocks away from the Billy Caldwell Forest Preserve, serves an active community with a rich history. The park fieldhouse is a hall of fame for many of the children who have grown up in this neighborhood park. Photos and news clippings cover the walls and ceilings, memorializing the community members who have made the park what it is over the years.

The gymnasium is shared with Wildwood School, where basketball, floor hockey, and volleyball programs take place. Outside of the fields the park staff offers soccer for youth. Adults looking to get in the game are invited to check out the 3 on 3 basketball league.

For those looking to get involved being a volunteer coach for the youth soccer league stop by the park and get a volunteer application.

Wildwood Park contains a senior and two junior baseball fields, a softball field, a football field, four basketball standards, two tennis courts, a playground, and a spray pool.

 

History

Wildwood Park was created as part of a ten-year initiative by the Chicago Park District to serve the city's booming post-World War II population. In 1949, the park district began purchasing vacant land in the rapidly-growing Forest Glen community, acquiring neighboring city streets and alleys late the following year. That winter, the park district flooded a section of open field to create a temporary ice skating rink. However, no further improvements were made until Wildwood Elementary School was constructed on adjacent property in 1953. Using the school gymnasium for recreational programs during evening hours and on weekends, the park district began joint operations with the Board of Education. Within a few years, Wildwood Park had an athletic field, playground equipment, tennis courts, and a comfort station. Additional improvements, including tree planting, playground rehabilitation, and a new sand volleyball court, came in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wildwood Park and the adjacent school take their names from nearby Wildwood Avenue. All three recognize the heavily wooded nature of the surrounding territory, once a Potawatomi hunting ground. Only a few blocks from the park and school, the Billy Caldwell Forest Preserve cuts through the community. Caldwell, a half-Indian, half-English chief of the Potowatomis, also known as Sauganash, sold most of his land to farmers when his tribe was removed from the area in 1836. Some of Caldwell's former land has been developed into the residential areas of Forest Glen, while a large portion was set aside for the Cook County forest preserve.

Parking/Directions

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Wildwood Diamond

Wildwood Diamond

Location: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Basketball

Wildwood Basketball

Location: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Fieldhouse

Wildwood Fieldhouse

Location: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Football/Soccer

Wildwood Football/Soccer

Location: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Gymnasium

Wildwood Gymnasium

Location: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Notes: shared with Wildwood School

Wildwood Clubroom

Wildwood Clubroom

Location: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Wildwood Playground

Wildwood Playground

Location: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Tennis Court

Wildwood Tennis Court

Location: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Spray Pool

Wildwood Spray Pool

Location: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

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 Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 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
Art & ABCs at Wildwood 89402InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Wildwood 111505InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 8CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$20.00
Ballet - Beginner at Wildwood 110822InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$20.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at Wildwood 89512Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$125.00
Basketball at Wildwood 110588InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
Basketball at Wildwood 89675InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Cheerleading - Competitive Partnership at Wildwood 111511PartnershipGroupSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 5pm
$350.00
Competitive Tumbling at Wildwood 89802InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Wildwood 111504InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 10CoedFrom October 28, 2014 to December 16, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Flag Football at Wildwood 111507InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom August 22, 2014 to October 24, 2014
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$20.00
Flag Football at Wildwood 90032InstructionSports - FootballAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom August 23, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Wildwood 90087InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Wildwood 90088InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 12CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Football League Partnership at Wildwood 111510PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 5pm
$350.00
Kiddie College at Wildwood 110589InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 11:15am
$90.00
Music and Movement at Wildwood 110590InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Outdoor Soccer at Wildwood 90774Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to October 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Outdoor Soccer at Wildwood 110825Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to October 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$30.00
Outdoor Soccer at Wildwood 90775Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to October 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 91091InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 12CoedFrom September 1, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$30.00
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 91092InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4CoedFrom August 27, 2014 to October 22, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 110586InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom October 29, 2014 to December 10, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Stroller Fitness at Wildwood 111508InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6m but less than 80CoedFrom August 30, 2014 to October 4, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$10.00
Tennis at Wildwood 110587InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom August 30, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$20.00
Tot Spot at Wildwood 90141OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$20.00
Volleyball - Open at Wildwood 111503OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9pm
Free
Volleyball at Wildwood 91709InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00

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Description

Wildwood Park, located just south of Touhy Avenue, west of Lehigh Avenue, and blocks away from the Billy Caldwell Forest Preserve, serves an active community with a rich history. The park fieldhouse is a hall of fame for many of the children who have grown up in this neighborhood park. Photos and news clippings cover the walls and ceilings, memorializing the community members who have made the park what it is over the years.

The gymnasium is shared with Wildwood School, where basketball, floor hockey, and volleyball programs take place. Outside of the fields the park staff offers soccer for youth. Adults looking to get in the game are invited to check out the 3 on 3 basketball league.

For those looking to get involved being a volunteer coach for the youth soccer league stop by the park and get a volunteer application.

Wildwood Park contains a senior and two junior baseball fields, a softball field, a football field, four basketball standards, two tennis courts, a playground, and a spray pool.

 

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. 1
Fieldhouse 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. 1 shared with Wildwood School
Meeting/Event Space 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. 1 Clubroom
Playgrounds 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. 1
Tennis Courts 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. 2
Water Spray Features 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. 1
Wildwood Park was created as part of a ten-year initiative by the Chicago Park District to serve the city's booming post-World War II population. In 1949, the park district began purchasing vacant land in the rapidly-growing Forest Glen community, acquiring neighboring city streets and alleys late the following year. That winter, the park district flooded a section of open field to create a temporary ice skating rink. However, no further improvements were made until Wildwood Elementary School was constructed on adjacent property in 1953. Using the school gymnasium for recreational programs during evening hours and on weekends, the park district began joint operations with the Board of Education. Within a few years, Wildwood Park had an athletic field, playground equipment, tennis courts, and a comfort station. Additional improvements, including tree planting, playground rehabilitation, and a new sand volleyball court, came in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wildwood Park and the adjacent school take their names from nearby Wildwood Avenue. All three recognize the heavily wooded nature of the surrounding territory, once a Potawatomi hunting ground. Only a few blocks from the park and school, the Billy Caldwell Forest Preserve cuts through the community. Caldwell, a half-Indian, half-English chief of the Potowatomis, also known as Sauganash, sold most of his land to farmers when his tribe was removed from the area in 1836. Some of Caldwell's former land has been developed into the residential areas of Forest Glen, while a large portion was set aside for the Cook County forest preserve.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.