Wilson Community Center Park

  • 3225 S. Racine Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Judee Gurgone
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-7001

Located in the Bridgeport Community, Wilson CC Park totals [.14] acres and features a converted bath house building, meeting rooms and a gymnasium.

Park-goers can play basketball and volleyball at the facility. After school sports programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Wilson Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday activities like pictures with the Easter Bunny.

History

In 1928, the City of Chicago decided to purchase property in the Bridgeport neighborhood on which to build a public bath house. This would be the last of the city's 18 municipal bath houses created after 1900 to provide much-needed bathing facilities in crowded working-class neighborhoods. Completed in 1929, the new bath house/community center opened to the public in 1930. The City Council designated the facility the John P. Wilson Bath House. Bridgeport Alderman John P. Wilson (1893-1968), for whom nearby Wilson Park is also named, was instrumental in developing the bath house. Elected alderman in 1925 and again in 1929, Wilson served as chairman of the City Council's Committee on Recreation between 1931 and 1933. In 1933, Wilson became Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, a position he held until 1967. Wilson also participated in charitable organizations, acting as president of the Laborers' Annuity and Benefit Fund and chairman of the city employee's Community Fund Drive for many years. The Chicago Park District acquired the bath house from the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation in 1959. By that time, indoor plumbing was widely available in the city, and the park district closed the underused bathing facilities the following year. The park district remodelled the building in the late 1960s, and the Wilson Community Center is now devoted entirely to recreational purposes. In 1991, Bridgeport residents asked that the community center's gymnasium be named for Joseph Bertucci, who had worked to transform the bath house into a recreational center serving children of all ages. Community members welcomed Bertucci's efforts to foster self esteem in local children. The park district honored this citizen request in 1992.

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Wilson Community Center Fieldhouse

Wilson Community Center Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3225 S. Racine Avenue Chicago IL 60608

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Wilson Community Center Clubroom

Wilson Community Center Clubroom

Location Notes: 3225 S. Racine Avenue Chicago IL 60608

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 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
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at Wilson CC 165128Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/10/07 00:00From October 6, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
$105.00
Basketball League at Wilson CC 165364Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/10/12 22:30From October 12, 2016 to December 14, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$105.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson CC 165437InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson CC 165438InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:15From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$17.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Wilson CC 184718InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/09/23 22:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$5.00
Fit & Strong at Wilson CC 165884InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Wilson CC 166016InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Floor Hockey at Wilson CC 184717InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/21 21:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$12.00
Fun and Games at Wilson Community Center 185461InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 19:30From September 21, 2016 to November 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Wilson CC 167068InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at Wilson CC 167683InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$12.00
Recreational Tumbling at Wilson CC 167684InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$7.00
Soccer at Wilson CC 168072InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$17.00
Soccer at Wilson CC 168073InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$12.00
Teen Club at Wilson CC 168313OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 20Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$0
Tot Spot at Wilson CC 169058OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 19:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$5.00
Volleyball League at Wilson CC 168985Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 7 but less than 12Female2016/10/06 21:30From October 6, 2016 to December 15, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$105.00
Winter Break Camp at Wilson CC 169059CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/27 19:00From December 27, 2016 to December 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$10.00
Yoga at Wilson CC 169147InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$7.00
Yoga at Wilson CC 169148InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$7.00

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Located in the Bridgeport Community, Wilson CC Park totals [.14] acres and features a converted bath house building, meeting rooms and a gymnasium.

Park-goers can play basketball and volleyball at the facility. After school sports programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Wilson Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday activities like pictures with the Easter Bunny.

In 1928, the City of Chicago decided to purchase property in the Bridgeport neighborhood on which to build a public bath house. This would be the last of the city's 18 municipal bath houses created after 1900 to provide much-needed bathing facilities in crowded working-class neighborhoods. Completed in 1929, the new bath house/community center opened to the public in 1930. The City Council designated the facility the John P. Wilson Bath House. Bridgeport Alderman John P. Wilson (1893-1968), for whom nearby Wilson Park is also named, was instrumental in developing the bath house. Elected alderman in 1925 and again in 1929, Wilson served as chairman of the City Council's Committee on Recreation between 1931 and 1933. In 1933, Wilson became Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, a position he held until 1967. Wilson also participated in charitable organizations, acting as president of the Laborers' Annuity and Benefit Fund and chairman of the city employee's Community Fund Drive for many years. The Chicago Park District acquired the bath house from the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation in 1959. By that time, indoor plumbing was widely available in the city, and the park district closed the underused bathing facilities the following year. The park district remodelled the building in the late 1960s, and the Wilson Community Center is now devoted entirely to recreational purposes. In 1991, Bridgeport residents asked that the community center's gymnasium be named for Joseph Bertucci, who had worked to transform the bath house into a recreational center serving children of all ages. Community members welcomed Bertucci's efforts to foster self esteem in local children. The park district honored this citizen request in 1992.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.