Horner Park

  • 2741 W. Montrose Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
  • Horner Fieldhouse Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Thomas McManamon
  • 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.

Horner Baseball

Horner Baseball

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Descriptors: Softball

Horner Baseball

Horner Baseball

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Descriptors: Softball

Horner Baseball

Horner Baseball

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Baseball

Horner Baseball

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Descriptors: Baseball

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

Horner Park - Emma's Fruitas

Horner Park - Emma's Fruitas

Location: 2741 W. Montrose

Hours:

Phone: (773)999-0336

Horner Fieldhouse

Horner Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Notes: Junior Fieldhouse

Descriptors: Junior

Horner Fieldhouse

Horner Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Hours: ,

Horner Football/Soccer

Horner Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Gymnasium

Horner Gymnasium

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Clubrooms

Horner Clubrooms

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Playground

Horner Playground

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Tennis Court

Horner Tennis Court

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Horner Woodcraft Room

Horner Woodcraft Room

Location Notes: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
Art & ABCs at Horner 105006InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 18:45From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Band - Jazz at Horner 105139InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Horner 105246OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/04/01 15:30From April 1, 2015 to July 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$21.00
Basketball Partnership at Horner 105357PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 15Male2015/03/29 14:30From March 29, 2015 to June 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Sunday, May 3, 2015
$0
Basketball Partnership at Horner 105358PartnershipGroupSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Basketball Partnership at Horner 105356PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Female2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Basketball Partnership at Horner 105359PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 9Female2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Saturday, May 2, 2015
$0
Bitty Basketball at Horner 105437InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 18:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Ceramics at Horner 105549InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$66.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Art at Horner 105029InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 18 but less than 51Coed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$51.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Basketball at Horner 105197InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 51Coed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Horner 105774InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 105795InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 2:30pm
$31.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 129342InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing60 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 2:30pm
$0
Drawing & Painting at Horner 105790InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$66.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 105792InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$66.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 105793InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 3:30pm
$31.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 105794InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$66.00
Fun and Games at Horner 131555InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 19:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$15.00
Fun and Games at Horner 105940InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Guitar at Horner 105999InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 22:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$36.00
Guitar at Horner 105998InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 22:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$36.00
Handbuilding at Horner 106072InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$122.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Horner 106240InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
$0
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Horner 106241InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/04/01 17:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$31.00
Kiddie College at Horner 106315InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 1pm
$128.00
Kiddie College at Horner 106316InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 14:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$66.00
Kiddie College at Horner 129343InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 17:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
$66.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Horner 106595InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2y 1m but less than Coed2015/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$66.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Horner 106594InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 3y 5m but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 18:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$66.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Horner 106683InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/30 14:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
$20.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Horner 106684InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/01 14:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10am
$20.00
Music Ensembles at Horner 106752InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/04/04 00:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Piano at Horner 107027InstructionCulture and Arts - Music60 and upCoed2015/03/30 19:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Piano at Horner 107028InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 7Coed2015/03/30 20:45From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:15pm
$31.00
Piano at Horner 107031InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$36.00
Piano at Horner 107029InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:30pm
$36.00
Piano at Horner 107025InstructionCulture and Arts - Music60 and upCoed2015/04/03 19:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Piano at Horner 107026InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:15pm
$36.00
Piano at Horner 107030InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$36.00
Piano at Horner 107032InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:30pm
$36.00
Pilates at Horner 107039InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/03 14:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10am
$21.00
Sculpture - Open Studio at Horner 107190OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 4:30pm
$21.00
Seasonal Sports at Horner 107234InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 18:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Soccer at Horner 131558InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than Coed2015/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$15.00
Storytime at Horner 130155InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 18:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Volleyball League at Horner 131615Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$200.00
Woodcraft at Horner 108368InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/04/01 18:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$51.00
Woodcraft at Horner 108365InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2015/04/01 18:30From April 1, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Woodcraft at Horner 108369InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$51.00
Woodcraft at Horner 108366InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Horner 108370InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Horner 129344InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Horner 108371InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/04/02 22:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Horner 108372InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Horner 108373Family_InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking7 and upCoed2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$41.00
Young Scientist at Horner 130154InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00

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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.