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.

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. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  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
16" Softball League at Horner 154263Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/04/18 23:30From April 18, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$250.00
16" Softball League at Horner 154264Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/04/20 23:30From April 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$250.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Band - Jazz at Horner 156099InstructionCulture and Arts - Music16 and upCoed2016/06/14 00:30From June 13, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
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
Camp Sign Adventures Deaf & HOH at Horner 159360CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/08/01 17:00From August 1, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 6pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 6pm
Each Friday from Noon to 6pm
$50.00
Day Camp at Horner 156424CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$357.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 159490InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2016/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$50.00
Extended Camp at Horner 156628CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 20:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$122.00
Guitar at Horner 156790InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/07/11 23:00From July 11, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:30pm
$32.00
Guitar at Horner 156792InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/07/11 23:30From July 11, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7pm
$32.00
Guitar at Horner 156789InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/07/01 23:00From July 1, 2016 to August 5, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:30pm
$32.00
Guitar at Horner 156791InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/07/08 23:30From July 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7pm
$32.00
Leadership Camp (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 159359CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 15 but less than 19Coed2016/07/18 17:00From July 18, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 6pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 6pm
Each Friday from Noon to 6pm
$50.00
Leadership Camp (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 159361CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 15 but less than 19Coed2016/08/01 17:00From August 1, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 6pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 6pm
Each Friday from Noon to 6pm
$50.00
Leadership Camp at Horner 157050CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$161.00
Lil' Campers (Special Rec) at Horner 157265CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Music Camp at Horner 157316CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$98.00
Music Ensembles at Horner 159489InstructionCulture and Arts - Music16 and upCoed2016/06/18 00:30From June 17, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Piano at Horner 157431InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/07/11 22:00From July 11, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$32.00
Piano at Horner 157429InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/07/11 22:30From July 11, 2016 to August 8, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6pm
$32.00
Piano at Horner 157430InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/07/08 22:00From July 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$32.00
Piano at Horner 157428InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/07/08 22:30From July 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6pm
$32.00
Play Camp at Horner 157464CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/26 15:00From July 26, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$112.00
Sculpture Camp at Horner 158126CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$94.00
Soccer - Open at Horner 182264OpenSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2016/06/15 00:30From June 14, 2016 to August 16, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$25.00
Sports Camp (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 159356CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/07/18 17:00From July 18, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 6pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 6pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 6pm
Each Friday from Noon to 6pm
$50.00
Woodcraft Camp at Horner 158691CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/07/25 18:30From July 25, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$32.00
Woodcraft Open Studio at Horner 158694OpenCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/06/13 22:00From June 13, 2016 to August 9, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
$42.00
Woodcraft Open Studio at Horner 158693OpenCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/06/15 16:00From June 15, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$42.00

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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.