Lakefront Manager: Holly Specht, CPRP
Beach Opening Date: Saturday, May 23
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
Lakefront Conditions (recorded information): 847-256-0333
To view and download a map of Gillson Park that shows parking and picnic areas click here.
Gillson Park Lakefront Parking Information
General Parking Areas
The upper road located between the south park entrance and the Washington Street exit is open for parking to all automobiles—resident and non-resident.
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
From Memorial Day through Labor Day the parking lot adjacent to the swimming and sailing beach is reserved for cars displaying a current Lakefront Parking decal or Daily Parking Permit. Daily permits are available Monday through Friday for $10 between the hours of 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Limited Daily Parking Permits are also available on weekends for a cost of $12 for Wilmette residents and $15 for non-residents. Cars without parking decals or permits are subject to ticketing by the Wilmette Police Department.
Gillson Park Lakefront Parking Decals
Parking decals are available at the Administrative Office in the Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Avenue or at the Lakeview Center in Gillson Park.
Wilmette Park District Lakefront Parking decals are color-coded to designate Resident and Non-Resident users. Resident Lakefront Parking decals cost $17 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 $103.
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.