Wildwood Park is a charming small park with a rich history. Situated in the neighborhood of the same name on the north side of Chicago, it was built in the 1950s and has been the site of childhood memories for generations of Chicago kids and their pups.
If the classic scenery of Wildwood Park isn't enough to flick open the sepia-tinted lens of nostalgia, stop by the Fieldhouse, which has a hall of fame with newspaper clippings of children who have played here throughout the years. It has limited hours and doesn't admit pups, but is worth a visit if you're here when it's open and have another human with you to keep your pup company while you take a peek. When the Fieldhouse is closed, a port-a-potty is available for human bathroom needs. You should also bring your own waste bags and water.
Other amenities provided by the park include indoor and outdoor sports facilities that host many children's sports leagues and an updated playspace. Lest you think that this place is only good for young humans, note the ample green space and tall trees. There's more than enough room for an on-leash romp, and your dog will have more to sniff at than just a few squirrels. Take a stroll on the grounds, or bring a picnic to share on the grass.
Wildwood Park is only a few blocks from the Billy Caldwell Forest Preserve, home to many wildlife species that sometimes wander into Wildwood Park. If you're in the neighborhood and haven't been there, consider extending your walk
Whether you're in the neighborhood for a visit or live here, it's worth getting to know this remarkable area full of human history and natural beauty.