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

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. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  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
Play Camp at Wilson (John P.) 157502CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 14:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$146.00
Play Camp at Wilson (John P.) 157503CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 18:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$146.00

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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.