Wildwood Park

  • 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60646 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Sharon O'Connell
  • Park 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, and a playground.

 

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 Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Basketball

Wildwood Basketball

Location Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Fieldhouse

Wildwood Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Hours: ,

Wildwood Football/Soccer

Wildwood Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Wildwood Gymnasium

Wildwood Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Notes: shared with Wildwood School

Wildwood Clubroom

Wildwood Clubroom

Location Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Wildwood Playground

Wildwood PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Wildwood Tennis Court

Wildwood Tennis Court

Location Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

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 save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 6, 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 Wildwood 184368Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to June 9, 2017$105.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Wildwood 177733Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/05/11 23:30From May 11, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$252.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Wildwood 177093InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/05/08 21:45From May 8, 2017 to June 12, 2017
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$5.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Wildwood 177092InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/05/08 22:45From May 8, 2017 to June 12, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$5.00
Flag Football at Wildwood 197772InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/04/07 23:45From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$24.00
Fun and Games at Wildwood 176981InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/04/03 22:45From April 3, 2017 to May 1, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$14.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Wildwood 197773InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$24.00
Lacrosse at Wildwood 177478InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/11 22:45From April 11, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$24.00
Park Kids - Spring at Wildwood 176808InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$35.00
Pre-Teen Club at Wildwood 176906OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/04/07 20:45From April 7, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 197769InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 21:45From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$18.00
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 177571InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 22:30From April 5, 2017 to April 26, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$18.00
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 177570InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/04/07 22:30From April 7, 2017 to May 5, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$18.00
Soccer at Wildwood 197768InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/12 22:30From May 12, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$24.00
T-Ball at Wildwood 177113InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/05/10 22:30From May 10, 2017 to June 28, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$24.00
Tennis at Wildwood 177786InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/06 22:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$24.00
Tennis at Wildwood 177800InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 23:15From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$24.00
Tot Spot at Wildwood 197771OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/05/05 22:45From May 5, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$14.00
Track & Field at Wildwood 199108InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/04 20:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$24.00
Volleyball - Open at Wildwood 177850OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/04/05 00:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$0

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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, and a playground.

 

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.