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Gillson Park

Lake Ave. & Michigan Ave.


Capacity: varies



Picnic Area, Picnic Pavilion, Wallace Bowl

Gillson Park Rentals

Picnic & Pavilion Rentals

Gillson Park hosts several open-air picnic areas throughout the park and one covered picnic pavilion adjacent to the swimming beach.

  • Wilmette Resident Reservations – picnic areas are available in advance for Wilmette Residents.
    RESIDENT RESERVATIONS– view a map of the park with reservable picnic areas.
  • Non-Resident Reservations – picnic areas are available for Non-Residents to rent for day-of use. This can be completed in-person through the Lakeview Center until May 27 and at the Beach House starting May 28.
  • PICNIC & PAVILION RENTALS – view all the details for picnic and pavilion rentals.

Wallace Bowl Rentals

Wallace Bowl is our open-air amphitheater located in Gillson Park. The space includes a stage surrounded on one side with rows of raised seating set in the lush and tranquil greenspace of the park. Our rental pricing for Wallace Bowl varies depending on the use. For rental opportunities, pricing and further information, please contact the Lakeview Center.

Lakeview Center Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm
Front Desk: Phone 847-256-9656 | Email

Additional Notes:

  • A $500 non-refundable security deposit is required to reserve the date.
  • Rain date is included in fee, based on availability.
  • All Wallace Bowl rentals include lower Lakeview Center restroom access and two Wilmette Park District staff members.