Streetball in Chicago: Wrightwood Park

Take a sneak peek at STS’ guide to outdoor basketball in Chicago.

You’d think a hurricane had hit Chicago the way these courts looked. It had indeed rained the whole weekend before I got there that Monday afternoon, but the ongoing rain nor the small lake that had once been the park’s second court were stopping the park’s faithful from shooting some hoops. I sat down for a quick chat with a couple hoopers there and they said the current state of the courts didn’t worry them. Wrightwood Park is one of the Near North Side’s premier destination for outdoor ball. The park itself is large and family friendly, with a swimming pool and playground just a stone’s throw away from the courts. The pictures below showcase the essence of an urban court and the promise that summer may bring.

The flooded oasis of the second court.
“No Basketball After 9:30 pm.”
Lincoln Park resident Dale Fanella gets some shots up.
The sunshine breaks through.
The courts.

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