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 Clubroom

Wilson Community Center Clubroom

Location Notes: 3225 S. Racine Avenue Chicago IL 60608

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at Wilson CC 172023Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/13 01:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$107.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at Wilson CC 172022Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/01/14 01:00From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$28.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson Community Center 172376InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/01/18 23:30From January 18, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$28.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson Community Center 172374InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 21:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson Community Center 172375InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:15From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$18.00
Bitty Basketball at Wilson Community Center 172377InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 23:30From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$28.00
Fit & Strong at Wilson Community Center 172847InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 19:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Wilson Community Center 172910InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Floor Hockey at Wilson Community Center 187998InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$13.00
Fun and Games at Wilson Community Center 188000InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$0
Indoor Soccer at Wilson Community Center 173336InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$18.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Wilson Community Center 188001InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$6.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Wilson CC 173811InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$18.00
Recreational Tumbling at Wilson Community Center 174192InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$8.00
Soccer at Wilson Community Center 174556InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$13.00
Teen Club at Wilson Community Center 174806OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 20Coed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Wilson Community Center 174191InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$13.00
Yoga at Wilson Community Center 175509InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$8.00
Yoga at Wilson Community Center 175510InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$8.00

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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.