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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 2016.

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
Basketball - Open at Wildwood 188561OpenSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2016/11/03 22:45From November 3, 2016 to December 22, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 7pm
$0
Flag Football at Wildwood Cancelled162814InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/11/11 00:00From November 10, 2016 to December 22, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Football League Partnership at Wildwood 162875PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to December 10, 2016
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
Park Kids - Fall at Wildwood 184365InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
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
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood Cancelled163956InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/11/01 22:30From November 1, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$17.00
Tot Spot at Wildwood Cancelled164513OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$22.00
Volleyball - Open at Wildwood 188563OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 18 but less than 80Coed2016/11/09 00:00From November 8, 2016 to December 20, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Beginner at Wildwood Cancelled188598InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 21:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$23.00
Basketball at Wildwood 189839InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/01/12 23:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$23.00
Basketball at Wildwood 189275InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2017/01/13 00:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 8:15pm
$23.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Wildwood Cancelled188597InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/11 21:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$23.00
Floor Hockey at Wildwood 169984InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/11 23:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$23.00
Kickball at Wildwood 170259InstructionSports - KickballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/14 00:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$23.00
NERF Soccer at Wildwood 170591InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 23:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$23.00
Park Kids - Winter at Wildwood 170691InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 170797OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2017/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Wildwood 170944InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/01/14 01:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Soccer at Wildwood 188596InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$23.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Wildwood 171322InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/01/13 23:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
$23.00
Volleyball at Wildwood 171554InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/01/10 23:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$23.00
Volleyball at Wildwood 189840InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
$0
Wrestling at Wildwood 189276InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 00:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 8pm
$23.00

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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, 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.