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.

Events

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 Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Arts & Crafts at Wilson (Frank J.) 154393InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/06/23 20:15From June 23, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Craft Camp at Wilson (Frank J.) 154560CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$23.00
Day Camp at Wilson (Frank J.) 154679CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$357.00
Drawing & Painting at Wilson (Frank J.) 154685InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:30From June 23, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$22.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Wilson (Frank J.) 155086InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2016/06/20 14:15From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Nature Camp at Wilson (Frank J.) 155111CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/08/22 15:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$23.00
Walking Club at Wilson (Frank J.) 155838OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/06/20 14:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
$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.