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.

Parking/Directions

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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. 

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.) 165052InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 16:30From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$17.00
Arts & Crafts at Wilson (John P.) 165053InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$17.00
Arts & Crafts at Wilson (John P.) 165051InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 20:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$17.00
Kiddie College at Wilson (John P.) 166690InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
$119.00
Kiddie College at Wilson (John P.) 166689InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11:30am
$119.00
Recreational Tumbling at Wilson (John P.) 167682InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at Wilson (John P.) 167681InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$17.00
Recreational Tumbling at Wilson (John P.) 184716InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 12Coed2016/09/21 20:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$17.00
Senior Citizens Club at Wilson (John P.) 167936OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/23 14:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
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.