You’re Invited to Join Us for the Sixth Annual Wilmette Open Water (WOW) Swim on Saturday, June 15th!

No sharks, No salt, Occasionally frozen.
  • A fully supported one-mile open water swim race in the waters of Lake Michigan, just off of Wilmette’s Gillson Beach.
  • Each registration includes one official entry, race swim cap, event beach towel, and total bragging rights!
  • View the registration page for more information and to sign up for this exciting event.

Please Join Us for the Ouilmette Foundation’s Fifth Annual “Back the Bowl Bash” on Saturday, June 22nd!

  • The Back the Bowl Bash (formerly Beach Bash) will feature six local bands, cold drinks, dancing, local food, and plenty of FUN!.
  • All proceeds support our parks and community as we turn our attention to the Wallace Bowl, which has been largely untouched for a generation and is greatly in need of repairs.
  • View the registration page for more information and to sign up for this fun event.

Help Us Support Our Parks and Community!

The Ouilmette Foundation raises funds for special projects and programs in partnership with the Wilmette Park District. Through events like the WOW Swim Race, the Wilmette Beach Bash and others, we provide fun opportunities to engage with the community while supporting the parks. Since 2014, the foundation has raised over $400,000 in support of our community and parks. Thank you for your help!

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Looking to be a sponsor? Contact Ouilmette Foundation Board Member, Cathy Pratt, at

Landon sponsors

Mallinckrodt sponsors

Mallinckrodt sponsors

Keay sponsors

Shorewood sponsors

Shorewood sponsors