Wilson Frank J. Park

  • 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60630 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Sherida Hudak
  • Park Phone: (773) 685-6454

The Frank J. Wilson Park is located in the Portage Park community (on Milwaukee Avenue, 2 ½ blocks south of Lawrence Avenue). The park sits on almost nine acres and is equipped with a softball field, junior baseball field, playslab with four basketball standards, three tennis courts, two volleyball courts, a water play area, and a playground. The fieldhouse contains an assembly hall with stage, two kitchens, and several clubrooms.

History

Wilson Park was created by the Old Portage Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Established in 1912, the Old Portage District spent years developing its first property, Portage Park. By the mid-1920s, the surrounding Portage Park community had grown considerably, and its far northeastern corner was in need of its own recreational facilities. Residents suggested developing an 8.81-acre property along Milwaukee Avenue, but the Street Railway Company planned to build a car barn there instead. Frank J. Wilson, a former Cook County Commissioner and committeeman for the old 41st Ward, led a successful fight to secure the property as parkland. The park district recognized Wilson's efforts by naming the new park in his honor. The Old Portage Park District began improving Wilson Park with walkways, lawns, and planted areas in 1925. Three years later, a Georgian Revival-style fieldhouse was built along Milwaukee Avenue. The handsome brick building, with its limestone accents and columned portico, is identical to fieldhouses at nearby Shabbona and Chopin Parks. The Wilson Park fieldhouse was soon surrounded by a playground, a putting green, horseshoe and tennis courts, and a sunken lawn for baseball, football, and skating in winter. Soon after acquiring Wilson Park in 1934, the Chicago Park District laid new concrete sidewalks, rehabilitated the landscape, and remodelled the fieldhouse. The building accommodated a wide variety of community activities including lectures, movies, theater productions, club meetings, ping pong, tumbling, wrestling, and social dancing. Significant recent improvements to Wilson Park include a soft surface playground, a sand volleyball court, and an interactive waterplay area.

Parking/Directions

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

Wilson Softball

Wilson Softball

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wilson Basketball

Wilson Basketball

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wilson Fieldhouse

Wilson Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Hours: , ,

Wilson Football/Soccer

Wilson Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Wilson Clubroom

Wilson Clubroom

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Wilson Auditorium

Wilson Auditorium

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Notes: Auditorium

Wilson Playground

Wilson PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Wilson Tennis Court

Wilson Tennis Court

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wilson Volleyball

Wilson Volleyball

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Notes: Sand

Wilson Water Play Area

Wilson Water Play Area

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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 Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Drawing & Painting at Wilson (Frank J.) 194142InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2017/06/15 23:30From June 15, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$23.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Wilson (Frank J.) 194526InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2017/06/12 14:15From June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Nature Camp at Wilson (Frank J.) 194547CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/08/14 15:00From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$24.00
Walking Club at Wilson (Frank J.) 195025OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/06/12 14:30From June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Cartooning at Wilson (Frank J.) 202591InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Drawing & Painting at Wilson (Frank J.) 202786InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$23.00
Fun and Games at Wilson (Frank J.) 203010InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Wilson (Frank J.) 203269InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 16:30From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$109.00
Kiddie College at Wilson (Frank J.) 203268InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:45pm
$109.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Wilson (Frank J.) 203421InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Nature Fun at Wilson (Frank J.) 203536InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00
Painting Open Studio at Wilson (Frank J.) 221937OpenCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 8pm
$10.00
Soccer at Wilson (Frank J.) 204117InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00
Storytime & Crafts at Wilson (Frank J.) 221936InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$23.00
Walking Club at Wilson (Frank J.) 204647OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:15From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11:15am to 12:30pm
$0
Weight Training at Wilson (Frank J.) 204652InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$44.00
Yoga at Wilson (Frank J.) 204751InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$23.00
Yoga at Wilson (Frank J.) 204752InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$44.00
Young Scientist at Wilson (Frank J.) 204793InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00

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The Frank J. Wilson Park is located in the Portage Park community (on Milwaukee Avenue, 2 ½ blocks south of Lawrence Avenue). The park sits on almost nine acres and is equipped with a softball field, junior baseball field, playslab with four basketball standards, three tennis courts, two volleyball courts, a water play area, and a playground. The fieldhouse contains an assembly hall with stage, two kitchens, and several clubrooms.

Wilson Park was created by the Old Portage Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Established in 1912, the Old Portage District spent years developing its first property, Portage Park. By the mid-1920s, the surrounding Portage Park community had grown considerably, and its far northeastern corner was in need of its own recreational facilities. Residents suggested developing an 8.81-acre property along Milwaukee Avenue, but the Street Railway Company planned to build a car barn there instead. Frank J. Wilson, a former Cook County Commissioner and committeeman for the old 41st Ward, led a successful fight to secure the property as parkland. The park district recognized Wilson's efforts by naming the new park in his honor. The Old Portage Park District began improving Wilson Park with walkways, lawns, and planted areas in 1925. Three years later, a Georgian Revival-style fieldhouse was built along Milwaukee Avenue. The handsome brick building, with its limestone accents and columned portico, is identical to fieldhouses at nearby Shabbona and Chopin Parks. The Wilson Park fieldhouse was soon surrounded by a playground, a putting green, horseshoe and tennis courts, and a sunken lawn for baseball, football, and skating in winter. Soon after acquiring Wilson Park in 1934, the Chicago Park District laid new concrete sidewalks, rehabilitated the landscape, and remodelled the fieldhouse. The building accommodated a wide variety of community activities including lectures, movies, theater productions, club meetings, ping pong, tumbling, wrestling, and social dancing. Significant recent improvements to Wilson Park include a soft surface playground, a sand volleyball court, and an interactive waterplay area.

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