The North Entrance to Gillson Park (Lake & Michigan) is currently closed for construction.
General Parking Areas
Due to the construction, current access to the upper road located between the south park entrance and the Washington Street exit is now restricted to cars displaying a current Village of Wilmette vehicle sticker, or current Lakefront Parking decal. All other cars are subject to ticketing by the Wilmette Police Department.
Overlook Drive Parking Area
Cars displaying a current Village of Wilmette vehicle sticker, or current Lakefront Parking decal, may park on the Overlook Drive area, which is located closest to the lake within the confines of Gillson Park. All other cars are subject to ticketing by the Wilmette Police Department.
Beach Parking Lot
Due to construction, current access to the Beach Parking Lot is restricted to Sailing Beach Members only. The lot is not accessible to the general public at this time.
Gillson Park Lakefront Parking Decals
Parking decals are available at all Wilmette Park District facilities.
Wilmette Park District Lakefront Parking decals are color-coded to designate Resident and Non-Resident users. Resident Lakefront Parking decals cost $28 and can only be used on vehicles displaying a Village of Wilmette sticker. Residents with leased or company vehicles should inquire about proper procedures when purchasing a Lakefront Parking decal. Non-resident Lakefront Parking decals cost $165.
Note: Lakefront Parking decals must be permanently affixed to the lower driver's side front windshield. Tickets will be issued by the Wilmette Police Department for those who fail to display the decal properly.
Staff & Contact Information
Lakefront Manager: Holly Specht, CPRP
Assistant Lakefront Manager: Katy Bradford
Beach Opening Date: Saturday, May 25
Beach Hours Daily: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or as daylight permits)
Beach House: 847-256-9660
Lakeview Center Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lakeview Center in Gillson Park: 847-256-9656