Wilson Yards Skateboard Shop
- Oscar Arriola
This basement storefront is home to an independent pit stop for skaters, several blocks from the Wilson skate park at Lake Shore Drive. The owner, Gabriel, offers affordable boards and gear, plus friendly advice. The community is strong, with kids hanging out in a positive environment. Gabriel started Wilson Yards to give kids good trouble to get into after being saved himself by skating. "It's a family thing," he says.
I live in Uptown and recently bought my seven-year-old son a board at Wilson Yards—and one for myself. We've loved skating around and meeting neighboring skaters. This past weekend I rolled down Wilson with him in tow and a man asked, "Do you want to buy an ice pop for your brother?" He paused. "This is your brother, no?" Happy and somewhat embarrassed I told him that the boy is my son. "Ay Dios mio!" he exclaimed, exasperated. My skateboard will keep me young if it kills me.