Located in the West Town community area, Wicker Park totals 4.74 acres and features a fieldhouse with gymnasium and meeting rooms. Outside the park offers a large children’s playground with an interactive water spray feature, ornamental community gardens, a historic fountain, a dog-friendly area, a baseball field, basketball courts, and an athletic field for soccer or football.
Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers come to Wicker Park for seasonal sports and early childhood programs at the facility. After-school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.
Though small in size, Wicker Park is especially well known for its lush and well-tended gardens. These ornamental gardens, which comprise 10,000 square feet of space, were designed, funded, and are maintained by volunteers affiliated with the Wicker Park Garden Club. The club works in close collaboration with the Chicago Park District through the Community Gardens in the Parks program. Various sections of the gardens are designated in memory of individuals who worked to develop the gardens in the park: William Westfall, Marion Smith, Casey Wismont, Conrad Cwiertnia, and Allen Blaurock. All interested gardeners are invited to attend weekly garden tending days where they will learn how to design and maintain gardens for their homes.
In addition to programs, Wicker Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, including Movies in the Park screenings, live music concerts during the seasonal farmers market, plant sales and other Night Out in the Parks events.