Mulch Day Thank You

Friends of Wicker Park,

On Saturday, April 14 from 9am - noon, 50 volunteers mulched all the trees in Wicker Park – 4.02 acres of trees.

This GREEN EVENT ensured the health of all our Park’s trees, helps conserve water, and demonstrated a great neighborhood collaborative spirit. Charles Wicker would be PROUD.

The Wicker Park Advisory Council and the Wicker Park Garden Club would like to thank:

  • The Chicago Park District Department of Natural Resources (Supplied Mulch & Tools)
  • The Friends of the Parks (Earth Day T-shirts, snacks, gloves, bags)
  • Wicker Park Garden Club (Food & Water for all Volunteers)

And Volunteers from

  • Mosaic Church
  • Urban Encounter
  • Missio Dei Chicago
  • Covenant Presbyterian
  • Roberto Clemente Academy
  • Wicker Park Garden Club
  • Wicker Park Advisory Council
  • The Wicker Park & Bucktown Community

Thank You For Making Our Annual Fundraiser a Success!

On behalf of the Wicker Park Dog Friendly Area (DFA), we are happy to announce our annual fundraiser for 2012, For the Love of Dogs, was a great success! The event raised more than $2,000 and will go a long way in keeping the park maintained and safe for our furry loved ones.

Our thanks to all those who helped make the event possible:

  • Art by Lindsey - Dabble LLC
  • Karen Marie Salon / Trisha Star
  • Bark Ave
  • Lockdown
  • Nicoles
  • Kumas
  • Tennessee Corn Whiskey
  • Michael Damato
  • Birkram Yoga
  • 5 Star
  • Ab Fab Boarding
  • Sailor Jerry
  • Art by Bunny
  • Eric Lower
  • Aaron Block
  • Spa Soak
  • Tipseycake
  • Doggy Style
  • The Silver Palm
  • Piece Pizza
  • Pilsner Urquell
  • Mike and Paula Guttman
  • Urban Accents
  • Guess Sunglasses
  • Reckless Records
  • 3 Aces
  • Pheasant Run
  • Starbucks
  • Chicago Horse & Carriage
  • Three Floyd's

Special Thanks to Trisha and Tony for all the help and to the Twisted Spoke for hosting!

The Power of One Family – West Humboldt NHS’ newest homeowner

John Groene, Humbolt Park Portal
Published: February 24, 2012

For the first nine years since moving to Chicago, the Shirk family of six lived in a 2-bedroom apartment, and had long believed that homeownership was out of their reach.  Until they discovered a vacant, single-family home for sale on the 200 block of North Hamlin – looking directly into the backyards of both the Garfield Conservatory and Garfield Park.  This location appealed to their belief in the church’s responsibility to community revitalization by loving and serving their neighbors.  It also appealed to their interest in gardening having volunteered for years with both the Wicker Park Advisory Council and Wicker Park Garden Club, even though they lived in a second story apartment.

After visiting with West Humboldt NHS and learning about NHS programs for first-time homebuyers, the Shirk family discovered that homeownership just might be within their means.  The Shirk family completed the 8-hour homebuyer education classes at North Lawndale NHS, individual pre-purchase counseling with West Humboldt NHS and applied for a purchase loan through NLS.  Through an NHS partnership with First Eagle Bank, a member of the NHS Community Banks Initiative, the Shirks were able to also receive a grant for first-time homebuyers through the Federal Home Loan Bank, making their new home truly affordable.

Since moving into their new house, the Shirk family has shown the power of what one family can do, organizing both neighbors and volunteers to transform the vacant lot on the corner of their block, long-overgrown with weeds and filled with trash, into a beautiful community garden, uncovering a stone walkway and planters just waiting to be re-discovered.  They worked with Alderman Jason Ervin’s office, the Open Lands Committee, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and the Wicker Park Garden Club to carry out this transformation.  In October, the Shirk family shared their story at the NHS Annual Awards Ceremony. 

Today the Shirk family is continuing to explore partnerships to ensure that the two vacant lots, blooming with flowers again, remain a permanent asset to their neighborhood, and are leading a fundraising campaign to purchase these two lots – Wicker Park Garden Club has agreed to be the fiscal agent for this effort.  For more information on how you can support this budding community garden, contact Mr. Shirk at

October 2011 WPAC Meeting


Tuesday, October 4th from 7-8:30pm
Wicker Park Field House
1425 N Damen Ave

Send Us Your Input and We will Present It at the Meeting!

AGENDA: Committee Reports and Detailed Report & Planning for Boo - Palooza

  • 23 Groups are Partnering with Us on Boo - Palooza - See Logos and Links Below
  • BOO-Palooza Partners are NOT EXPECTED to Attend this Meeting Unless You'd Like to Do So!
  • INTERESTED? You can Still Join the Boo-Palooza TEAM

LINKS for Boo - Palooza Partners

  1. Wicker Park Advisory Council (Coordinating Organization)
  2. Wicker Park Garden Club (Coordinating Organization)
  3. Chicago Park District
  4. Mosaic Church
  5. Urban Encounter
  6. WPBT - Chamber – SSA
  7. 1st Ward Alderman Moreno – Satellite Office at Event & Costume Judging
  8. Our Urban Times – Elaine Coorens
  9. Pipeline – Alisa Hauser
  10. Wicker Park Bucktown Insider’s Guide (Promotions)
  11. Junior League of Chicago
  12. Christy Webber Landscapes & Grand Street Gardens
  13. Iron Creek Farm – Farmer’s Market Vendor
  14. Magic Boat Puppet
  15. Easel Art
  16. Cat & Mouse
  17. Friends of the Parks – Funding for Magic Boat
  18. Doggie Style Pet Shop
  19. Psychobaby
  20. Evolve Dance
  21. Children’s Dentistry of Bucktown & Wicker Park
  22. Chess Wizards
  23. A.N. Pritzker School

Fall 2011 Program Session Dates

  • Program info available for viewing online: Monday, August 1
  • Online registration begins: Monday, August 15 at 9am
  • In-person registration begins: Saturday, August 20
  • Online registration ends: Monday, September 5
  • Program session runs the weeks of: Monday, September 19 - Sunday, December 4
Program Ages When Fee
Basketball 21 & Over Sa 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm $85.00
Columbus Day 6-12 M 9:00 am - 6:00 pm $20.00
Floor Hockey 6-8 T 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm $20.00
  9-11 Th 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm $20.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction 6mo-18mo M,W 9:30 am - 11:00 am $90.00
    M,W 11:15 am - 12:45 pm $90.00
  2-4 T,Th 9:30 am - 11:00 am $90.00
    T,Th 11:15 am - 12:45 pm $90.00
Movie Night All Ages F, 10/28 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm $2.00
    Sa, 10/29 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm $2.00
      6:30 pm - 9:00 pm $2.00
    Su, 10/30 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm $2.00
      6:30 pm - 9:00 pm $2.00
Park Kids - Fall Session 6-7 M-F 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm $135.00
  8-9 M-F 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm $135.00
  10-12 M-F 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm $135.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter and Spring Sessions 6-7 M-F 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm $365.00
  8-9 M-F 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm $365.00
  10-12 M-F 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm $365.00
Play School Activities 3-5 F 10:30 am - 11:45 am $40.00
Seasonal Sports 6-9 M,W 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm $15.00
  10-12 M,W 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm $15.00
Teen Leadership Club 13-17 T 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $10.00
Winter Break Camp 6-12 T-F 9:00 am - 6:00 pm $90.00


New Security Cameras for Wicker Park

Two security cameras will be installed covering Wicker Park in the next couple of months.

These cameras will be paid for from my Menu funding and other Park District monies.

The people who are involved in this park are some of the most active and proud community representatives in the ward.

These cameras will enable the officers of the 14th District to more easily and effectively police the park. Over the last year, we've seen too many instances of vandalism, drinking and drug use in Wicker Park.

These illegal activities need to be stopped cold and I'm confident that the installation of the cameras will aid us in this effort.

Tonight - Wicker Park Advisory Council Meeting

Wicker Park Advisory Council Meeting
Work with us to create an even better park.
Tuesday, September 6
7pm - 9pm
Wicker Park Field House
1425 N Damen Ave
All welcome
Walk, bike, drive or take the CTA to Wicker Park
Photo from the Wicker's 3rd Movie in the Park - August 2011 (Denise Browning's Photo)


FOCUS - Set Boopalooza Details - Budget Hearing - Security - Summer Reports

  1. Minutes from July 2011 Meeting - Doug Wood
  2. Treasurer's Report - Richard Tilley
  3. Committee Reports
    • Dog Park - Adam Housley
    • Web Site - Tim Kolecke
    • Softball - Ryan Jackson
    • Gardens and Landscape Committee - Doug Wood, Denise Browning
    • Security – Report from August 31 Community Security Meeting
    • Budget Hearings - Your input - Central Region - Monday,  September 19 - 6pm at Taylor-Lauridsen Park – 704 West 42nd Street (Doors open at 5:30)
  4. Staff Reports – John Davidson and Staff
  5. Boopalooza Details and Final Reports from Summer Events
    • UPCOMING: BooPalooza - Sam Anderson & Group Discussion - Set/Confirm General Details and Leaders for entire event Budget,  Fundraising - Permits - Liability - Talent - Volunteers, Promotions (SET Partners with Chamber, Women's League of Chicago, Farmer's Market Vendors, etc)
    • END OF SEASON REPORTS – Please include Highlights, Suggestions for Next Year, Rough numbers on attendance, volunteer support, etc.
      1. Magic Boat Tyler Culligan
      2. Movies Tim Kolecke, Scott Venable
      3. Wicker Mic – Nate Tubbs and John Shirk CPD Historian
      4. Carnival – Sam Anderson
    • YOUR SUPPORT FOR TABLA RASA - Saturday, September 17 - Volunteer in Support - 6am-11am? EVENT in the park.
  6. New Business

Tonight @ 7PM - WPAC Meeting

Work to Make an Even Better Park

Tuesday, July 5th from 7pm - 8:30pm
Wicker Park Field House
1425 N Damen Ave

  • Join a Committee to Design/Produce/Fund Events
  • Design Programming for Seniors, Adults, Teens or Children
  • Join a Fund Raising Committee

July Lineup Events in Wicker Park

Despicable Me

Grab a blanket and picnic basket and join us for a FREE movie in the park.

Monday, June 20

Begins at dusk (approx. 8:00 pm)

Wicker Park

1425 N Damen Ave • 312-742-7553

In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden deep beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by an army of tireless, little yellow minions, we discover Gru planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.