Wilson (John P.) Park

  • 1122 W. 34th Pl.   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Gina Arredia
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-7002

Located in the Bridgeport Community, Wilson Park totals [1.60] acres and features a small fieldhouse for tot’s activities and table games. Outside there is an interactive water spray feature and playground. Pre-school programs are offered throughout the year, and in the summer toddlers attend the Park District’s popular six-week play 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 1930, the City of Chicago purchased 1.6 acres in the Bridgeport neighborhood using Playground Bond funds. Improvements began immediately, and the park soon had a large new fieldhouse. In 1933, the City Council named the new park Wilson Playground in honor of Bridgeport Alderman John P. Wilson (1893-1968). Nearby Wilson Community Center is also named for Alderman Wilson. Wilson served on the City Council from 1925 to 1929, acting as Chairman of council's Committee on Recreation from 1931 to 1933. In 1933, Wilson was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, a position he held until 1967. The city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation managed the playground until 1959, when it transferred the property to the Chicago Park District. In 1999, the park district officially designated the park John P. Wilson Park to differentiate it from a second Wilson Park on the city's northwest side.

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Wilson Fieldhouse

Wilson Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1122 W. 34th Pl. Chicago IL 60608

Wilson Clubroom

Wilson Clubroom

Location Notes: 1122 W. 34th Pl. Chicago IL 60608

Wilson Playground

Wilson PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

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
Arts & Crafts at Wilson (John P.) 171946InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/12 21:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$18.00
Dino Diggers at Wilson (John P.) 188004InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 21:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$18.00
Fun with Food at Wilson (John P.) 188080InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$18.00
Fun with Food at Wilson (John P.) 188081InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$18.00
Kiddie College at Wilson (John P.) 173461InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
$121.00
Kiddie College at Wilson (John P.) 173460InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$121.00
Little Artists at Wilson (John P.) 188002InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/11 17:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$18.00
Little Artists at Wilson (John P.) 188003InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/12 17:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$18.00
Senior Citizens Club at Wilson (John P.) 189805OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2017/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 2pm
$0

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Located in the Bridgeport Community, Wilson Park totals [1.60] acres and features a small fieldhouse for tot’s activities and table games. Outside there is an interactive water spray feature and playground. Pre-school programs are offered throughout the year, and in the summer toddlers attend the Park District’s popular six-week play 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 1930, the City of Chicago purchased 1.6 acres in the Bridgeport neighborhood using Playground Bond funds. Improvements began immediately, and the park soon had a large new fieldhouse. In 1933, the City Council named the new park Wilson Playground in honor of Bridgeport Alderman John P. Wilson (1893-1968). Nearby Wilson Community Center is also named for Alderman Wilson. Wilson served on the City Council from 1925 to 1929, acting as Chairman of council's Committee on Recreation from 1931 to 1933. In 1933, Wilson was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, a position he held until 1967. The city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation managed the playground until 1959, when it transferred the property to the Chicago Park District. In 1999, the park district officially designated the park John P. Wilson Park to differentiate it from a second Wilson Park on the city's northwest side.

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