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

Park Hours: Dec 15 - 19, 3-8pm and Dec 22 - Jan 4 Closed

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 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.

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 Playground

Location Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Tennis Court

Wildwood Tennis Court

Location Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Wildwood Spray Pool

Wildwood Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 8, 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
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 91091InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2014/09/01 20:45From 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at Wildwood 95995Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$125.00
Basketball League at Wildwood 96181Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$25.00
Dino Diggers at Wildwood 113181InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Wildwood 96417InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/05 23:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey League at Wildwood 96580Individual_LeagueSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Kiddie College at Wildwood 113114InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 15:45From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 11:15am
$70.00
NERF Soccer at Wildwood 97236InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 97721InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$30.00
Storytime at Wildwood 97957InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$20.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Wildwood 113110InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$20.00
Volleyball at Wildwood 98310InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00

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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, a playground, and a spray pool.

 

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.