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.

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. 

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
Ballet - Beginner at Wildwood Cancelled185220InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Basketball at Wildwood Cancelled162385InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Cheerleading - Competitive Partnership at Wildwood 162529PartnershipGroupSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 13Female2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to November 26, 2016
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 186738InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:15From September 19, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
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
Flag Football at Wildwood Cancelled162813InstructionSports - FootballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/09 22:30From September 9, 2016 to October 28, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Wildwood Cancelled162866InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2016/09/07 22:30From September 7, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$22.00
Floor Hockey at Wildwood 186740InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Female2016/09/23 22:30From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$10.00
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
Lacrosse at Wildwood Cancelled185216InstructionSports - LacrosseAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/08 23:30From September 8, 2016 to October 27, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
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
Pre-Teen Club at Wildwood 185221OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 16Coed2016/09/19 20:45From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
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
Soccer at Wildwood Cancelled185219InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/09 20:45From September 9, 2016 to November 4, 2016
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$32.00
Soccer League at Wildwood Cancelled164150Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/06 21:30From September 6, 2016 to October 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$32.00
Soccer League at Wildwood Cancelled164149Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/06 22:30From September 6, 2016 to October 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$32.00
Soccer League at Wildwood Cancelled164151Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/06 23:30From September 6, 2016 to October 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
T-Ball at Wildwood Cancelled164258InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/05 22:15From September 5, 2016 to October 24, 2016
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$22.00
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
Track & Field at Wildwood Cancelled164517InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/07 23:30From September 7, 2016 to October 28, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$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.