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.

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.

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.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
Crafting at Wilson (Frank J.) 189277InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/12/27 16:00December 27, 2016
Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$5.00
Crafting at Wilson (Frank J.) 189278InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/03 16:00January 3, 2017
Tuesday from 10am to 11:30am
$5.00
Drop-in at Wilson (Frank J.) 187124InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/12/14 22:00December 14, 2016
Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
$6.00
Drop-in at Wilson (Frank J.) 187125InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/12/21 22:00December 21, 2016
Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
$6.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Wilson (Frank J.) 169386InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/11 23:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$23.00
Arts & Crafts Workshop - Family at Wilson (FJ) 169389InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$23.00
Arts@Play at Wilson (Frank J.) 169391InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Cartooning at Wilson (Frank J.) 169692InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Wilson (Frank J.) 169761InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/13 23:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$23.00
Drawing & Painting at Wilson (Frank J.) 169857InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$23.00
Drawing & Painting at Wilson (Frank J.) 169858InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2017/01/14 19:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$23.00
Fun and Games at Wilson (Frank J.) 170031InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Kiddie College at Wilson (Frank J.) 170335InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
$106.00
Kiddie College at Wilson (Frank J.) 170334InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:45pm
$106.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Wilson (Frank J.) 170475InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Soccer at Wilson (Frank J.) 171093InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00
Walking Club at Wilson (Frank J.) 171569OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2017/01/09 17:15From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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.) 171572InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$43.00
World Art at Wilson (Frank J.) 187126InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/01/10 23:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$0
Yoga at Wilson (Frank J.) 171632InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$23.00
Yoga at Wilson (Frank J.) 171633InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$43.00
Young Scientist at Wilson (Frank J.) 171668InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$23.00

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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.

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.