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, 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

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 22, 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
16" Softball League at Wildwood 139916Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/05 23:30From May 5, 2016 to August 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$245.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Wildwood 159051InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/07/05 19:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Day Camp at Wildwood 154677CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$315.00
Day Camp at Wildwood 154678CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
$158.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Wildwood 154383InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/07 18:00From July 7, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$20.00
Leadership Camp at Wildwood 154970CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$153.00
Nature Camp at Wildwood 155107CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 18:00From July 5, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$20.00
Play Camp at Wildwood 155254CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 14:30From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$50.00
Play Camp at Wildwood 159050CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/07 14:30From July 7, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$32.00
Sports Camp at Wildwood 155641CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$22.00
Sports Camp at Wildwood 155640CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 17:45From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 2:15pm
$50.00
Tennis Camp at Wildwood 155754CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$22.00
Tennis Camp at Wildwood 155753CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$22.00

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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.