Hours

Park Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Monday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Fieldhouse Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday Closed
Monday 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday Closed

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 8.65 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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Map & Facilities

Wilson (Frank J.) Auditorium

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Wilson (Frank J.) Basketball Court

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Wilson (Frank J.) Clubroom

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Wilson (Frank J.) Fieldhouse

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Wilson (Frank J.) Football/Soccer Field

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Wilson (Frank J.) Playground

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Wilson (Frank J.) Baseball Fields

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Wilson (Frank J.) Tennis Court

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Wilson (Frank J.) Volleyball Court

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

Wilson (Frank J.) Water Spray Feature

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

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Wilson (Frank J.) Auditorium

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
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Wilson (Frank J.) Basketball Court

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
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Wilson (Frank J.) Clubroom

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
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Wilson (Frank J.) Fieldhouse

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
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Wilson (Frank J.) Football/Soccer Field

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
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Wilson (Frank J.) Playground

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
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Wilson (Frank J.) Baseball Fields

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
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Wilson (Frank J.) Tennis Court

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
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Wilson (Frank J.) Volleyball Court

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
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Wilson (Frank J.) Water Spray Feature

4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
United States

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