Wildwood Park

  • 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60646 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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  • 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, 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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 10, 2015.

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 102391Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/05/07 23:30From May 7, 2015 to August 6, 2015
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
Art Camp at Wildwood 132236CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/07/02 18:00From July 2, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$60.00
Day Camp at Wildwood 116255CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$300.00
Day Camp at Wildwood 131303CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Friday from 9am to 1pm
$150.00
Leadership Camp at Wildwood 116761CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$150.00
Music Camp at Wildwood 132238CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 18:00From June 30, 2015 to August 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$21.00
Play Camp at Wildwood 117546CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 14:30From June 29, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$92.00
Play Camp at Wildwood 117547CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/07/03 14:30From July 3, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$31.00
Sports Camp at Wildwood 117672CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/08/10 14:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$21.00
Sports Camp at Wildwood 117671CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 14:30From June 30, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$41.00
Tennis Camp at Wildwood 117772CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$21.00
Tennis Camp at Wildwood 117771CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$21.00
Toddler Camp at Wildwood 117796CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$41.00
Tumbling Camp at Wildwood 132239CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/06/17 18:00From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Wildwood 122342InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 15:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$21.00
Basketball at Wildwood 122618InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2015/08/31 23:30From August 31, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Cheerleading - Competitive Partnership at Wildwood 122746PartnershipGroupSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 13Female2015/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2015 to December 5, 2015
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
Flag Football at Wildwood 123007InstructionSports - FootballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/09/04 22:30From September 4, 2015 to October 23, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$21.00
Floor Hockey at Wildwood 123067InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2015/09/02 22:45From September 2, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$21.00
Football League Partnership at Wildwood 123076PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2015 to December 5, 2015
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
Kiddie College at Wildwood 123419InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 14:15From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:45am
$72.00
Lacrosse at Wildwood 147034InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/03 22:30From September 3, 2015 to October 29, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$21.00
Lacrosse at Wildwood 147033InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/03 23:30From September 3, 2015 to October 29, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Music and Movement at Wildwood 123734InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 15:45From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$21.00
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 124172InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2015/08/31 20:45From August 31, 2015 to December 18, 2015
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
$31.00
Seasonal Sports at Wildwood 124171InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/10/27 22:30From October 27, 2015 to December 8, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$16.00
Soccer at Wildwood 123834InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/01 21:30From September 1, 2015 to October 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$31.00
Soccer at Wildwood 123833InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/01 22:30From September 1, 2015 to October 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$31.00
Soccer at Wildwood 123835InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/09/01 23:30From September 1, 2015 to October 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
T-Ball at Wildwood 147037InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/08/31 22:15From August 31, 2015 to October 19, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$21.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Wildwood 147035InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/10/30 22:30From October 30, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$21.00
Tot Spot at Wildwood 124662OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/10/29 22:30From October 29, 2015 to December 17, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$21.00
Track & Field at Wildwood 147036InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/02 23:45From September 2, 2015 to October 23, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$21.00

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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.