Gillson Park Map

Welcome to the Wilmette Lakefront!


Park (including tennis courts)

6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.


Swimming Beach Hours: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.*
Sailing Beach Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sailing Staff: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Gillson South Beach Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.*
Dog Beach Hours: 6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

*NOTE: Park District Staff and Wilmette Police will be onsite to clear the Swimming Beach and South Beach at 9 p.m.


The Fat Shallot at Gillson Beach Hours:
Open TUESDAY-SUNDAY, 11-7 (closed Mondays).
View the menu here
The Fat Shallot delivers to Wilmette and Evanston!


Sailing Beach Vehicle Road Gate: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Gillson Park North and South Vehicle Entry Gates: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Note: After 8 p.m., vehicles may exit the park via the Washington Ave. exit. Vehicles left in the park after 10:30 will be ticketed.

Beach Passes/Parking

  • 2021 Beach Season and Daily Passes are available for purchase. View the rates and learn more on our Season Passes & Permits page.

  • 2021 Gillson Lakefront Parking Season and Daily Decals are available for purchase. Learn more on our Season Passes & Permits page.

  • 2021 Dog Beach Permits are available for purchase. Visit the Gillson Dog Beach page to download the application.

Lakefront Staff & Contact Information

Lakeview Center Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (if unavailable, call the Beach House for assistance)
Tel: 847-256-9656 | Email:

Gillson Beach House: 847-256-9661

Megan White, Lakefront Supervisor
Tel: 847-256-9658 | Email:

Ben Wozney, Lakefront General Manager
Tel: 847-256-9659 | Email: