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

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

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.

Summer
Online registration for our park began Monday, April 7. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, April 14, 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
16" Softball League at Wildwood 68523Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom May 8, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$245.00
16" Softball League at Wildwood 68523Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom May 8, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$245.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Dance Camp at Wildwood 86268CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom July 28, 2014 to August 4, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$20.00
Dance Camp at Wildwood 89311CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$20.00
Day Camp at Wildwood 81021CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$374.00
Leadership Camp at Wildwood 81662CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$187.00
Play Camp at Wildwood 81491CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 28, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$90.00
Play Camp at Wildwood 86312CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Sports Camp at Wildwood 86265CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Friday from 9am to 1pm
$20.00
Sports Camp at Wildwood 81595CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to July 31, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$40.00
Tennis Camp at Wildwood 81704CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$20.00
Tennis Camp at Wildwood 81704CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:30am
$20.00
Tennis Camp at Wildwood 81703CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$20.00
Tennis Camp at Wildwood 81703CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$20.00
Toddler Camp at Wildwood 81709CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$40.00

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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.