2021 Gillson Beach Daily Passes

On Friday, June 11 we began to offer daily passes for parking & swimming at Gillson Beach, once again! Purchase your daily passes at Gillson Beach House on the day of your visit. The beach house address is 101 Lake Ave, Wilmette.

Daily Parking Pass Fees:

  • Weekday - R-$14 / NR-$18
  • Weekend - R-$18 / NR-$23

Daily Swimming Beach Fees:

  • Individual Passes - R-$8 / NR-$13

2021 Gillson Beach Season Passes

Season Pass Type Pre-Season Fee
Regular Season Fee
Individual R-$49 / NR-$126 R-$54 / NR-$135
2-Person R-$71 / NR-$193 R-$76 / NR-$207
3-Person R-$99 / NR-$246 R-$106 / NR-$264
4-Person R-$127 / NR-$299 R-$136 / NR-$321
5-Person R-$155 / NR-$352 R-$166 / NR-$378
Additional Person R-$28 / NR-$53 R-$30 / NR-$57
Senior (65+, residents only) $29 $31
Childcare Provider (must be employed by a Wilmette resident) $98 $105

Click Here to purchase your 2021 Beach Season Pass (starting 3/12 at 9 a.m.)

Download the 2021 Beach Season Pass and Parking Permit Application Form.

Season Pass Guidelines

  • You may renew your season pass online or in person at any Park District facility during regular business hours.
  • The season pass is your Wilmette Park District photo ID card, which can be used only by the person to whom it has been issued. It is not transferable.
  • All family members age 2 and older by May 29, 2021 must have their own photo ID pass or pay a daily fee to enter the beach.
  • Wilmette resident senior citizens 65 and older by May 29, 2021, with proper identification (i.e., driver's license, state-issued ID, passport), applying in person, receive a discount on the price of a season pass for individual pool, beach or both when purchased together.
  • In-Home Child Care Provider passes from 2020 are not renewable. Child care providers must apply in person with a letter from their employer to prove employment before they can purchase a 2021 photo ID pass. Note: In-Home Child Care Providers may not be counted as a family member on a family pass.
  • Season pass refunds are not given for any reason after Opening Day.

Proof of Residency Requirements

When applying for season passes, club memberships, or registering for a class you will be asked for identification and proof of residency by showing either a current drivers license or State of Illinois ID. If you do not have one of these documents you will need to show another photo ID along with one of the following items displaying a Wilmette address:

  • Voter's registration card
  • Utility bill with owner's name
  • Current automobile registration with owner's name
  • Copy of a real estate contract stating a closing date


2021 parking decals are available for purchase online, at the Park District Administrative Office, the Lakeview Center, Centennial Recreation Complex or the Community Recreation Center during regular business hours. 2021 parking decals are valid from April 1, 2021-March 31, 2022.

Resident Lakefront Parking decals 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.

Note: Lakefront Parking decals must be permanently affixed to the low corner of your front windshield, on the PASSENGER side. Tickets will be issued by the Wilmette Police Department for those who fail to display the decal properly.

Parking Decal Fee
Resident $31
Non-Resident $175

CLICK HERE to purchase your 2021 Parking Decal!

*Download the form above, under Beach Season Pass.

Picnic Rentals

We have multiple picnic and shelter areas available for rent at Gillson Park. Fees are for 2-hour rentals.

Rental Fee
Picnic Area R-$0 / NR-$15
Picnic Shelter

Click Here to view the map or make a reservation!

2021 Trail-In Permits

Trail-In Permits are available for purchase at the Lakeview Center in Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Drive. Lakeview Center hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, please call the Lakeview Center front desk at 847-256-9656, or email lakeview@wilpark.org

*Trail-In Launches are permitted Monday-Sunday. The launch area is at The Cove in Gillson Park (see map on Lakefront home page).

*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are offering Season Trail-In Passes only. We do not offer daily passes at this time.

Trail In Permits Fee
Season Trail-In Pass (Includes Parking Permit) R-$185 / NR-$400