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 Community Center Park totals .14 acres and features a converted bath house building with 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 and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

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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Joseph Bertucci Gymnasium

Joseph Bertucci 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

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 2017.

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 - 4 on 4 League at Wilson CC 205171Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2017/10/17 22:30From October 17, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$110.00
Basketball League at Wilson CC 205424Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/10/18 22:30From October 18, 2017 to December 20, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$110.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson CC 205521InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson CC 205522InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:15From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$19.00
Chair Exercise at Wilson CC 206883InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 18:15From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Fit & Strong at Wilson CC 205984InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 18:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Wilson CC Cancelled206121InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Floor Hockey at Wilson CC Cancelled206122InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/13 21:15From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$14.00
Fun and Games at Wilson Community Center 206192InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 19:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
Recreational Tumbling at Wilson CC Cancelled207339InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Recreational Tumbling at Wilson CC Cancelled207340InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$9.00
Soccer at Wilson CC 207720InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$19.00
Soccer at Wilson CC 207721InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:15From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$14.00
Teen Club at Wilson CC 208013OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 20Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Volleyball League at Wilson CC 208488Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 7 but less than 12Female2017/10/12 21:30From October 12, 2017 to December 21, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$110.00
Winter Break Camp at Wilson CC 208593CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/27 19:00From December 27, 2017 to January 4, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$10.00
Yoga at Wilson CC Cancelled208699InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$9.00
Yoga at Wilson CC Cancelled208700InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$9.00

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Located in the Bridgeport Community, Wilson Community Center Park totals .14 acres and features a converted bath house building with 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 and other Night Out in the Parks events. 

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.