Wilson Frank J. Park

  • 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60630 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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.

Wilson Auditorium

Wilson Auditorium

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Notes: Auditorium

Wilson Clubroom

Wilson Clubroom

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

Wilson Playground

Wilson PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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.

Events

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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 (Frank J.) 121628InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/03/31 20:45From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Wilson (Frank J.) 121630InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/04/01 21:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Arts@Play at Wilson (Frank J.) 121629InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 21:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 6:15pm
$0
Arts@Play at Wilson (Frank J.) 121632InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2015/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Wilson (Frank J.) 102604InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/04/01 20:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$0
Dodgeball at Wilson (Frank J.) 102960InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Drawing & Painting at Wilson (Frank J.) 121631InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$21.00
Drawing & Painting at Wilson (Frank J.) 121633InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$21.00
Family Arts and Crafts at Wilson (Frank J) 121634InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$21.00
Floor Hockey at Wilson (Frank J.) 103059InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/03/30 21:45From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Fun and Games at Wilson (Frank J.) 103111InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/04/01 21:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$0
Kiddie College at Wilson (Frank J.) 121627InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 16:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$102.00
Kiddie College at Wilson (Frank J.) 103354InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:45pm
$102.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Wilson (Frank J.) 103491InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2015/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
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.) 103661InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/04/03 21:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Outdoor Soccer at Wilson (Frank J.) 103750InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/03/30 20:45From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$21.00
Walking Club at Wilson (Frank J.) 104687OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:15From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11:15am to 12:45pm
$0
Weight Training at Wilson (Frank J.) 104691InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$41.00
Yoga at Wilson (Frank J.) 104743InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$41.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Wilson (Frank J.) 131308InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/06/18 20:00From June 18, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Wilson (Frank J.) 131309InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/06/18 21:30From June 18, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Craft Camp at Wilson (Frank J.) 131307CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 2015
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
$22.00
Day Camp at Wilson (Frank J.) 116256CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$340.00
Drawing & Painting at Wilson (Frank J.) 131310InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:30From June 18, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$21.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Wilson (Frank J.) 116892InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2015/06/15 14:15From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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.) 116945CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/08/17 15:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$22.00
Walking Club at Wilson (Frank J.) 117861OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2015/06/15 14:30From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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

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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.

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.