Wilson Community Center Park

  • 3225 S. Racine Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
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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 Gymnasium

Wilson Community Center Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3225 S. Racine Avenue Chicago IL 60608

Wilson Community Center Clubroom

Wilson Community Center Clubroom

Location Notes: 3225 S. Racine Avenue Chicago IL 60608

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 2014.

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 91838Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19MaleFrom October 10, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$75.00
Basketball - 5 on 5 at Wilson CC 92188Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom October 15, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm
$100.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson CC 111077InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$5.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson CC 92434InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$15.00
Fit & Strong at Wilson CC 92827InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Free
Floor Hockey at Wilson CC 111076InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$5.00
Football at Wilson CC Cancelled111075InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Fun and Games at Wilson CC 111078InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Free
Fun and Games at Wilson CC 111079InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Free
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Wilson CC 93881InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$15.00
Recreational Tumbling at Wilson CC 94303InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Soccer at Wilson CC 93363InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$15.00
Soccer at Wilson CC 94591InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Teen Club at Wilson CC 94875OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Free
Volleyball - 6 on 6 at Wilson CC 111074Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 11CoedFrom October 20, 2014 to December 22, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
$50.00
Volleyball - 6 on 6 at Wilson CC 95372InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Volleyball - 6 on 6 at Wilson CC 95373Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 11FemaleFrom October 16, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$100.00
Yoga at Wilson CC 95578InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$5.00

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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.