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

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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

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

Notes: Renovated Fall 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

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

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

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 178143Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to August 28, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$258.00
16" Softball League at Horner 178144Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/05/03 23:30From May 3, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$258.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art Camp at Horner 195269CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/07/17 15:00From July 17, 2017 to July 21, 2017
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
$99.00
Art Camp at Horner 195267CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/07/24 15:00From July 24, 2017 to July 28, 2017
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
$99.00
Band - Jazz at Horner 195298InstructionCulture and Arts - Music16 and upCoed2017/06/20 00:30From June 19, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 3, 2017
$0
Basketball - Open at Horner 200165OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/06/25 14:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 11am
$27.00
Basketball - Open at Horner 200164OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$27.00
Basketball - Open at Horner 195361OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/22 01:00From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9:30pm
$27.00
Camp Sign Adventures Deaf & HOH at Horner 195482CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 5y 10m but less than 15Coed2017/07/24 17:00From July 24, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$53.00
Day Camp at Horner 195641CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$375.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 195716InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$53.00
Extended Camp at Horner 195845CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 20:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$128.00
Guitar at Horner 195993InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:30pm
$34.00
Guitar at Horner 195995InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 23:30From June 19, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7pm
$34.00
Guitar at Horner 195992InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:30pm
$34.00
Guitar at Horner 195994InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 23:30From June 23, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 7, 2017
$34.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Horner 200141InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 9 but less than 16Coed2017/08/21 15:00From August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
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
$99.00
Leadership Camp (Deaf & HOH) at Horner 196378CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 15 but less than 19Coed2017/07/10 17:00From July 10, 2017 to August 21, 2017
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
Leadership Camp (Deaf & HOH) at Horner 196377CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 15 but less than 19Coed2017/07/24 17:00From July 24, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$0
Leadership Camp at Horner 196393CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$169.00
Lil' Campers (Spec Rec) at Horner 196618CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Little Artists at Horner 201646InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/07/18 14:30From July 18, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9:30am to Noon
$75.00
Music Camp at Horner 196664CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
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
$103.00
Music Ensembles at Horner 196665InstructionCulture and Arts - Music16 and upCoed2017/06/24 00:30From June 23, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 200160InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 21:30From June 19, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$34.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 200163InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 21:30From June 23, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$34.00
Piano at Horner 196778InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$34.00
Piano at Horner 196776InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 22:30From June 19, 2017 to July 31, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6pm
$34.00
Piano at Horner 196777InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 7, 2017
$34.00
Piano at Horner 196775InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 22:30From June 23, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6pm
$34.00
Play Camp at Horner 196817CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/07/17 14:30From July 17, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$118.00
Printmaking Camp at Horner 196859CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/07/31 15:00From July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$99.00
Soccer - Open at Horner 197014OpenSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2017/06/21 00:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$26.00
Sports Camp (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 197044CampsCamps - SportsAt least 5y 10m but less than 15Coed2017/07/10 17:00From July 10, 2017 to July 21, 2017
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
$53.00
Storytime & Crafts at Horner 201476InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/07/17 17:30From July 17, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$118.00
Tiny Tot Sports at Horner 201645InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/07/18 17:30From July 18, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$75.00
Woodcraft Camp at Horner 201635CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 18:30From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$34.00
Woodcraft Camp at Horner 197625CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/07/17 18:30From July 17, 2017 to July 21, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$34.00
Woodcraft Camp at Horner 197626CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/07/24 18:30From July 24, 2017 to July 28, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$34.00
Woodcraft Camp at Horner 197627CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/07/31 18:30From July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 4pm
$34.00
Woodcraft Camp at Horner 197624CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/08/14 18:30From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
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
$34.00
Woodcraft Open Studio at Horner 197629OpenCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/07/10 22:00From July 10, 2017 to August 15, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
$44.00
Woodcraft Open Studio at Horner 197628OpenCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/07/12 15:00From July 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 12:30pm
$44.00

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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.