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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 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
Basketball at Wildwood 224079InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$24.00
Bitty Basketball at Wildwood 224077InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/09/14 22:15From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$24.00
Cheerleading - Competitive Partnership at Wildwood 202610PartnershipGroupSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 13Female2017/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2017 to November 18, 2017
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
Cross Country at Wildwood 202676InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/09/08 22:15From September 8, 2017 to October 6, 2017
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Flag Football at Wildwood 224074InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/05 22:15From September 5, 2017 to October 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$18.00
Floor Hockey at Wildwood 224076InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$24.00
Football League Partnership at Wildwood 202963PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2017 to December 2, 2017
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
$368.00
Park Kids - Fall at Wildwood 203634InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:30From September 5, 2017 to December 22, 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
$37.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Wildwood 208760Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 22, 2017$111.00
Pre-Teen Club at Wildwood 203767OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2017/09/15 20:45From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 224075InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/17 22:15From October 17, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Wildwood 224081InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Wildwood 224071InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/09/15 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Soccer at Wildwood 224073InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to October 30, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Soccer at Wildwood 224072InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to October 30, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$22.00
Soccer at Wildwood 224599InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to October 30, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Tot Spot at Wildwood 224080OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/10/13 22:15From October 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$22.00
Volleyball - Open at Wildwood 204591OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/10/17 23:00From October 17, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Wildwood 210298InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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
$37.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Wildwood 216112InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:30From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
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
$37.00

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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.