Gillson Park in Wilmette, IL

Real Estate Agent with Baird & Warner Real Estate


Gillson Park is a glorious 59 acres of open lawns, lighted tennis courts, playgrounds and beach.  
Wilmette residents who live in the nearby CAGE can walk to the public beach which is located at the north end of the park.  In addition to the above, the park also offers.


  • SwimmingGillson Park, Wilmette IL
  • Lakeview Center
  • Sailing
  • Sailboat Rental
  • Softball
  • Fitness Courses
  • Picnic Areas
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Tot Lot
  • Wallace Bowl
  • Lighted Ice Rink
  • Dog Beach


Gillson Beach, Wilmette, IL


Typically, the park is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The park is ideal for biking, soccer games, volleyball,picnics and many other summer outdoor activities. The Gillson swimming beach is wide and feels like a real beach with concession stands and bathrooms


A fenced dog beach is available at the south end of the beach for dogs with permits.  If your dog is not a fan or water, like my border collie, no worries, they just love to socialize and play.

The Wilmette Park District fleet of Sunfish, Hobie Waves, and Hobie Getaways are available for Gillson Beach, Wilmette, ILrental whenever the boats are not being used for instruction.  Kayaks are also available for rental.  Sailors may rent boats when their experience matches weather conditions on the day of rental.  Staff is on hand to help sailors evaluate their skills.  Inexperienced people can take beginner classes before renting boats.

For July 4 fireworks, head to Gillson Park with blankets or chairs where they are annually held, usually on the night of the 3rd.



Wallace Bowl at Gillson - Wilmette ILFor outdoor summer concerts, Ravinia in Highland Park is simply wonderful.  But closer to home is the Starlight Theater at the Wallace Bowl.  Concerts are free and seating is first come, first serve or you can bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music from the lawn.


Also at the south end of Gillson Park is the Wilmette Harbor and Sheridan Shores Yacht Club.  The setting is spectacular and has lovely views of the water and the nearby Bahai Temple.  There are about 300 slips for motorboats and sailboats but the wait is extremely long to get in.

Gillson Park and Beach are the jewels of Wilmette.  Fun throughout the summer months whether you like to swim, tan, play frisbee, sail, or just take a stroll.  

Wilmette Harbor, Wilmette IL


 Tennis at Gillson Park, Wilmette IL


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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
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That is a fabulous park.  It is well though out.  Have a great 2013.

Jan 24, 2013 12:42 AM #1
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Hi Tim - it is a fabulous park.  It's the biggest in the area, as well.

Jan 24, 2013 01:13 AM #2
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Margaret,  Gillson Park looks litke it has something for everyone. What a wonderful asset for th community.

Jan 26, 2013 08:11 AM #3
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