Wilson Frank J. Park

  • 4630 N. Milwakee Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60630 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Sherida Hudak
  • 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

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Wilson Softball

Wilson Softball

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wilson Basketball

Wilson Basketball

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wilson Fieldhouse

Wilson Fieldhouse

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wilson Football/Soccer

Wilson Football/Soccer

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wilson Auditorium

Wilson Auditorium

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Notes: Auditorium

Wilson Clubroom

Wilson Clubroom

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Wilson Playground

Wilson PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wilson Tennis Court

Wilson Tennis Court

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Wilson Volleyball

Wilson Volleyball

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Notes: Sand

Wilson Water Play Area

Wilson Water Play Area

Location: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Art & ABCs at Wilson (Frank J.) 110118InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$130.00
Cross Training at Wilson (Frank J.) 110122InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 5 but less than 10CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Dodgeball at Wilson (Frank J.) 89915InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Floor Hockey at Wilson (Frank J.) 90089InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Fun and Games at Wilson (Frank J.) 110120InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Free
Improvisation at Wilson (Frank J.) 110123InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18CoedNovember 15, 2014
Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
Free
Kiddie College at Wilson (Frank J.) 90412InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:45pm
$100.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Wilson (Frank J.) 90538InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Free
Soccer at Wilson (Frank J.) 91257InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 10CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$20.00
Walking Club at Wilson (Frank J.) 91726OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Free
Weight Training at Wilson (Frank J.) 91730InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$40.00
Yoga at Wilson (Frank J.) 91792InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$40.00
Yoga at Wilson (Frank J.) 110119InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 7 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$20.00

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2
Fieldhouse 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 1 Auditorium
Meeting/Event Space 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 2 Clubroom
Playgrounds 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 4
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 1 Sand
Water Playgrounds 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave. 0
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.