Horner Park

  • 2741 W. Montrose Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
  • Horner Fieldhouse Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Deb Groh
  • Park Phone: (773) 478-3499

At nearly 55 acres, Horner Park is one of the largest parks on the North Side and boasts nine softball fields, three senior baseball diamonds with night baseball on two diamonds, two football/soccer fields, four outdoor basketball standards, five tennis courts, a playground, a relaxing nature area and 13 picnic groves.

The park, located at the major intersection of Montrose and California Avenues, plays a prominent role in its Irving Park neighborhood.Horner Park hosts a number of holiday and seasonal special events, including an annual pumpkin patch, movies/concerts in the park, their popular Doggie Egg Hunt along with various public community meetings.The park offers programming to meet every possible age group, interest and need.

Area youth and teens play sports, such as basketball, football, volleyball, softball, track & field and floor hockey.Youth also participate in recreational tumbling and gymnastics. Preschoolers get started as early as age three, building skills in tumbling and tap & ballet.The park offers traditional early childhood recreation classes—preschool; playschool; Moms, Pops & Tots and playgroup. Adults join in athletics with basketball, volleyball and softball leagues.

On the cultural side, Horner Park offers woodcraft for all ages in its downstairs shop.Youth and teens choose from multi-cultural art, piano and guitar. For adults there are more specialized classes, such as tile mosaic, clay/hand building, open pottery studio and Horner Park Jazz Band.

Horner is one of the few parks to teach two levels of American Sign Language, plus offers programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community such as park kids and Friday Night teen club.

History

After 1900, Chicago's northwest side Irving Park community developed quickly. Residential construction boomed, and industries soon located along the North Branch of the Chicago River. Among these was a brick manufacturer, which excavated its riverside property for brick-making clay. Some years later, the company abandoned the site, and the clay pits became a garbage dump. Because community organizations opposed this new use, the property was eventually down-zoned from its industrial designation.

In the spring of 1946, the Chicago Park District began acquiring the nearly 55-acre site as part of a ten-year, citywide plan to increase recreational opportunities throughout the city. In 1949, the park district began demolishing the brick kilns and industrial structures. Filling and grading were soon underway. By the early 1950s, the park had a large tobogganing hill, tennis courts, a playground, and a comfort station. A large, open meadow bordered with trees stretched across the southern section of the park. A fieldhouse was added in 1956. After adding handball courts in the 1970s and making various upgrades in the 1980s, the park district installed a large new soft surface playground with separate areas for tots, young children, and older children.

The park honors Henry Horner (1878-1940), Illinois' first Jewish governor, who served from 1933 to 1940. A native Chicagoan, Horner was appointed attorney for the Cook County Board of Assessors in 1907, and was elected judge of the Cook County Probate Court seven years later. Having gained an early, solid reputation for integrity, he won increasing popularity with diverse segments of the community. This broad-based support propelled Horner to the governorship, and fostered acceptance of a state sales tax to fund much-needed welfare programs during the Depression. A red granite monument in the northwest corner of Horner Park depicts the former governor's accomplishments. The art deco relief, carved by sculptor John David Brcin (b. 1899) in 1948, stood in Grant Park until 1956, when it was moved in time for the Horner Park fieldhouse dedication.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Governor Henry Horner Memorial

Governor Henry Horner Memorial (1)

Location Notes: South of W. Montrose Avenue and east of N. California Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Horner Baseball

Horner Baseball

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Baseball

Horner Baseball

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Baseball

Horner Baseball

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Baseball

Horner Baseball

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Basketball

Horner Basketball

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Ceramics Studio

Horner Ceramics Studio

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave

Horner Park - D & G Inc.

Horner Park - D & G Inc.

Location: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)478-5659

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Horner Park - Emma's Fruitas

Horner Park - Emma's Fruitas

Location: 2741 W. Montrose

Hours:

Phone: (773)999-0336

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Horner Fieldhouse

Horner Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Notes: Junior Fieldhouse

Horner Fieldhouse

Horner Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Hours: , ,

Horner Fitness Center

Horner Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year, Senior (Limited Hrs)

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Senior Hours: Monday-Friday | 10am-2pm

Notice Valid From: 11/20/2015 - 12/31/2016

Horner Football/Soccer

Horner Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Horner Gymnasium

Horner Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Clubrooms

Horner Clubrooms

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Playground

Horner PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Horner Tennis Court

Horner Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Woodcraft Room

Horner Woodcraft Room

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Events

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Horner 156169OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/07/13 23:30From July 13, 2016 to September 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$26.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
American Sign Language at Horner 164825InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$51.00
Art & ABCs (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 164986InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$6.00
Art & ABCs at Horner 164990InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:45From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$17.00
Art & ABCs at Horner 164991InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$31.00
Band - Jazz at Horner 165116InstructionCulture and Arts - Music16 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Horner 165176OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/25 14:00From September 25, 2016 to November 20, 2016
Each Sunday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Horner 165177OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Horner 165178OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/21 15:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Horner 165179OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$25.00
Basketball - Open at Horner 184533OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Basketball at Horner 165286InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Basketball at Horner 165287InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Bitty Basketball at Horner 165412InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:45From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$17.00
Ceramics at Horner 165518InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$67.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Arts & Crafts at Horner 165749InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Arts & Crafts at Horner 165750InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 20:15From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$6.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Basketball at Horner 165751InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 50Female2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$12.00
Dodgeball at Horner 165775InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Dodgeball at Horner 184528InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 165798InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 2:30pm
$32.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 165799InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing60 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 2:30pm
$0
Drawing & Painting at Horner 165803InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least but less than Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$67.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 165800InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least but less than Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$67.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 165802InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing60 and upCoed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 3:30pm
$0
Drawing & Painting at Horner 165801InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 3:30pm
$32.00
Family Woodcraft at Horner 165875InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$22.00
Fitness & Nutrition (Deaf & HOH) at Horner 165885InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 19:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:30pm
$6.00
Floor Hockey at Horner 184536InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 18:45From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Floor Hockey at Horner 184535InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 20:30From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Fun and Games (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 166026InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$6.00
Fun and Games at Horner 166046InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$17.00
Fun and Games at Horner 166045InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$17.00
Guitar at Horner 166106InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
$37.00
Guitar at Horner 166105InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 22:15From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
$37.00
Handbuilding at Horner 166248InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$124.00
Handbuilding at Horner 184529InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/23 19:15From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 5:15pm
$124.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Horner 166556InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/21 16:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2:30pm
$32.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Horner 166557InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/09/21 16:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to 2:30pm
$0
Judo (Special Recreation) at Horner 166561InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-Defense15 and upCoed2016/10/14 00:00From October 13, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Horner 183731Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to June 9, 2017$393.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Horner 183732Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to June 8, 2017$201.00
Mixed Media - Drawing at Horner 166983InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least but less than Coed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$67.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Horner 166986InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than Coed2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$67.00
Music Ensembles at Horner 165115InstructionCulture and Arts - Music16 and upCoed2016/09/24 00:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Nature Fun (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 167105InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 19:30From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$6.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 167424InstructionCulture and Arts - Music60 and upCoed2016/09/19 19:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3pm
$0
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 167421InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$37.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 167425InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$37.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 167422InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$37.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 167423InstructionCulture and Arts - Music60 and upCoed2016/09/23 19:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3pm
$0
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 167420InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/09/23 20:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$37.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 167426InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 20:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$37.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 167427InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$37.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Horner 167429InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$37.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Horner 167428InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$37.00
Pilates Partnership at Horner 184534PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/07 14:15From September 7, 2016 to December 21, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10am
$50.00
Pilates Partnership at Horner 167437PartnershipGroupWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/09 14:15From September 9, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10am
$50.00
Pre-Teen Club (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 167614OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$7.00
Sculpture Open Studio at Horner 167722OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Sculpture Open Studio at Horner 184530OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$22.00
Seasonal Sports (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 167723InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Horner 167771InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$17.00
Seasonal Sports at Horner 167768InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$17.00
Soccer at Horner 184537InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13½Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Soccer at Horner 185458InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upMale2016/09/21 00:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$25.00
Soccer at Horner 168037InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 18:45From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Soccer at Horner 168036InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Soccer at Horner 168035InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Storytime (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 168156InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:15From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$6.00
Storytime at Horner 168162InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 18:00From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$12.00
T-Ball at Horner 168193InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 18:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$12.00
Teen Leadership Club (Deaf & HOH) at Horner 185211InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$7.00
Tot Spot at Horner 167040OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/19 14:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
$10.00
Tot Spot at Horner 184532OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$12.00
Tot Spot at Horner 184531OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/21 14:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10am
$10.00
Volleyball League at Horner 168971Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$208.00
Woodcraft at Horner 169068InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Woodcraft at Horner 169069InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$52.00
Woodcraft at Horner 169070InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$52.00
Woodcraft at Horner 185577InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/28 21:00From September 28, 2016 to November 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Woodcraft at Horner 169074InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Woodcraft at Horner 169072InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$17.00
Woodcraft at Horner 169073InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Woodcraft at Horner 169076InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/23 17:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$40.00
Woodcraft at Horner 169075InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$17.00

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At nearly 55 acres, Horner Park is one of the largest parks on the North Side and boasts nine softball fields, three senior baseball diamonds with night baseball on two diamonds, two football/soccer fields, four outdoor basketball standards, five tennis courts, a playground, a relaxing nature area and 13 picnic groves.

The park, located at the major intersection of Montrose and California Avenues, plays a prominent role in its Irving Park neighborhood.Horner Park hosts a number of holiday and seasonal special events, including an annual pumpkin patch, movies/concerts in the park, their popular Doggie Egg Hunt along with various public community meetings.The park offers programming to meet every possible age group, interest and need.

Area youth and teens play sports, such as basketball, football, volleyball, softball, track & field and floor hockey.Youth also participate in recreational tumbling and gymnastics. Preschoolers get started as early as age three, building skills in tumbling and tap & ballet.The park offers traditional early childhood recreation classes—preschool; playschool; Moms, Pops & Tots and playgroup. Adults join in athletics with basketball, volleyball and softball leagues.

On the cultural side, Horner Park offers woodcraft for all ages in its downstairs shop.Youth and teens choose from multi-cultural art, piano and guitar. For adults there are more specialized classes, such as tile mosaic, clay/hand building, open pottery studio and Horner Park Jazz Band.

Horner is one of the few parks to teach two levels of American Sign Language, plus offers programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community such as park kids and Friday Night teen club.

After 1900, Chicago's northwest side Irving Park community developed quickly. Residential construction boomed, and industries soon located along the North Branch of the Chicago River. Among these was a brick manufacturer, which excavated its riverside property for brick-making clay. Some years later, the company abandoned the site, and the clay pits became a garbage dump. Because community organizations opposed this new use, the property was eventually down-zoned from its industrial designation.

In the spring of 1946, the Chicago Park District began acquiring the nearly 55-acre site as part of a ten-year, citywide plan to increase recreational opportunities throughout the city. In 1949, the park district began demolishing the brick kilns and industrial structures. Filling and grading were soon underway. By the early 1950s, the park had a large tobogganing hill, tennis courts, a playground, and a comfort station. A large, open meadow bordered with trees stretched across the southern section of the park. A fieldhouse was added in 1956. After adding handball courts in the 1970s and making various upgrades in the 1980s, the park district installed a large new soft surface playground with separate areas for tots, young children, and older children.

The park honors Henry Horner (1878-1940), Illinois' first Jewish governor, who served from 1933 to 1940. A native Chicagoan, Horner was appointed attorney for the Cook County Board of Assessors in 1907, and was elected judge of the Cook County Probate Court seven years later. Having gained an early, solid reputation for integrity, he won increasing popularity with diverse segments of the community. This broad-based support propelled Horner to the governorship, and fostered acceptance of a state sales tax to fund much-needed welfare programs during the Depression. A red granite monument in the northwest corner of Horner Park depicts the former governor's accomplishments. The art deco relief, carved by sculptor John David Brcin (b. 1899) in 1948, stood in Grant Park until 1956, when it was moved in time for the Horner Park fieldhouse dedication.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.