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

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! Your timing chip, official race swim cap, and towel will be available as you check in on race morning. View the registration page for more information and to sign up for this exciting event!
No sharks, No salt, Occasionally frozen.
  • When: Saturday, June 15, 2024
  • Time: Race starts at 7:00 a.m. All swimmers must check-in between 6:15 and 6:45 a.m. to receive chips, body marking, and your official swim cap. Water will be open by 6:45 a.m. for warm-ups.
  • Where: Gilson Beach House (101 Lake Ave Wilmette, IL 60091)
  • Cost: $70 per participant (Each registration includes one official entry, race swim cap, and event beach towel)
  • More Information: Find more details about the course, schedule and optional add-ons on the registration page.

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

On Saturday, June 22nd, the Ouilmette Foundation will host its fifth summer beachfront fundraiser and the first in the Wallace Bowl in Gillson Park. 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. Back the Bowl Bash offers a glimpse into the future of what a wonderful community resource a renovated Wallace Bowl can be for Wilmette.
View the registration page for more information and to sign up for this exciting event!
  • When: Saturday, June 22, 2024
  • Time: Gates open at 6:00 PM, event ends at 10:30 PM
  • Where: Wallace Bowl in Gillson Park, Wilmette (225 Sheridan Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091)
  • Cost: $50 per participant (5 and under are free!)
  • More Information: Find additional event details on the
    registration page.

Thank you for attending the 4th Annual Beach Bash on August 19th, 2023!

With your help, we raised a record amount of funds to support our parks.

Image Courtesy of L. Gonzalez

2023 Beach Bash

The 2023 Beach Bash

August 19, 2023
6:00 pm
Gillson Beach, 101 Lake Avenue, Wilmette
Join us for the 2023 Beach Bash annual fundraiser, featuring live music, food, booze and much more - all in support of the Ouilmette Foundation and all at Gillson Beach.
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WOW Swim Event Recap | Saturday, June 17, 2023

Thank you for a great race everyone and congratulations!

Save the Date: Join us for next year’s WOW Swim 2024 on Saturday, June 15, 2024.
Click here to register!

We invite you to browse the 2023 event gallery below:

Images © Matthew Gilson

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