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.

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.

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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
Painting Open Studio at Horner Cancelled119767OpenCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2015/08/24 15:00From August 24, 2015 to September 4, 2015
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
$41.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
American Sign Language at Horner 124939InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2015/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$50.00
Art & ABCs (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 147769InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$5.00
Art & ABCs at Horner 125113InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 18:45From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$11.00
Art & ABCs at Horner 148113InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 19:00From September 14, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$16.00
Band - Jazz at Horner 125259InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/09/15 01:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 8pm to 9:30pm
$0
Band - Jazz at Horner 125258InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/09/19 00:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Horner 148006OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/09/20 14:00From September 14, 2015 to December 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Horner 148004OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 00:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Horner 148007OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/09/15 15:30From September 15, 2015 to December 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Horner 149226OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/09/16 15:30From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Basketball at Horner 147989InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 19:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Basketball at Horner 148001InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Basketball at Horner 148003InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$11.00
Basketball League at Horner 148010Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/09/17 23:15From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 10pm
$204.00
Bitty Basketball at Horner 125529InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 18:45From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Ceramics at Horner 125656InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$66.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Arts & Crafts at Horner 147761InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 18 but less than 70Coed2015/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$51.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Arts & Crafts at Horner 125138InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 18 but less than 70Coed2015/09/17 01:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9:30pm
$51.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Arts & Crafts at Horner 147770InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 20:15From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$5.00
Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Basketball at Horner 125268InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 50Female2015/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$11.00
Dodgeball at Horner 125880InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/09/18 20:45From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 125901InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to November 23, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 2:30pm
$31.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 125902InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing60 and upCoed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to November 23, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 2:30pm
$0
Drawing & Painting at Horner 125906InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least but less than 8Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$66.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 125903InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$66.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 125905InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing60 and upCoed2015/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 3:30pm
$0
Drawing & Painting at Horner 125904InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2015/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 3:30pm
$31.00
Drawing & Painting at Horner 125907InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least but less than 8Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:15pm
$66.00
Family Woodcraft at Horner 128889InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2015/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$21.00
Fitness & Nutrition (Deaf & HOH) at Horner 147768InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 2:30pm
$5.00
Flag Football at Horner 147988InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 19:45From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Flag Football at Horner 147987InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$16.00
Flag Football at Horner 126045InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 21:45From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$16.00
Fun and Games (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 147762InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$5.00
Fun and Games at Horner 126158InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Fun and Games at Horner 126159InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/17 19:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$16.00
Guitar at Horner 126229InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
$31.00
Guitar at Horner 126228InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/09/18 22:15From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
$31.00
Handbuilding at Horner 126322InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$122.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Horner 126586InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2015/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
$31.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Horner 126587InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Horner 126694InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 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 126695InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$66.00
Kiddie College at Horner 126693InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 17:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2pm
$66.00
Mixed Media - Drawing at Horner 127006InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least but less than Coed2015/09/18 18:45From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 2:45pm
$66.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Horner 127007InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than Coed2015/09/18 15:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$66.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Horner 127114InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/14 14:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10am
$26.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Horner 127115InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/16 14:15From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10am
$26.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Horner 148016InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/09/18 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Nature Fun (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 147764InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 19:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$5.00
Park Kids (Deaf&HardofHearing) at Horner 147765InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 19:30From September 15, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$50.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 127478InstructionCulture and Arts - Music60 and upCoed2015/09/14 19:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3pm
$0
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 127475InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$36.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 127479InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$36.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 127476InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$36.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 127477InstructionCulture and Arts - Music60 and upCoed2015/09/18 19:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3pm
$0
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 127474InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/09/18 20:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$36.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 127480InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/09/18 20:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$36.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Horner 127481InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$36.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Horner 127483InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 17Coed2015/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$36.00
Piano - Group - Intermediate at Horner 127482InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 17Coed2015/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$36.00
Pilates at Horner 127491InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/18 14:15From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10am
$26.00
Pre-Teen Club (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 147767OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$6.00
Sculpture Open Studio at Horner 127244OpenCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 4pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$21.00
Seasonal Sports (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 147763InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Horner 148114InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 18:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$16.00
Seasonal Sports at Horner 148013InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Horner 148012InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/15 21:45From September 15, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Horner 127694InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 19:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$11.00
Soccer at Horner 149227InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/09/16 18:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm
$16.00
Soccer at Horner 148015InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/16 20:45From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Soccer at Horner 148014InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Storytime (Deaf & Hard of Hearing) at Horner 124941InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/19 15:15From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11am
$5.00
Storytime at Horner 128080InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 18:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
T-Ball at Horner 148017InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/09/15 19:45From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:15pm
$11.00
Volleyball League at Horner 128772Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$204.00
Woodcraft at Horner 128888InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2015/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Woodcraft at Horner 128890InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$51.00
Woodcraft at Horner 128891InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$51.00
Woodcraft at Horner 128892InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Horner 128895InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 12 but less than 14Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Horner 128893InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/09/17 21:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Horner 128894InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 12 but less than 14Coed2015/09/17 22:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$16.00
Woodcraft at Horner 147986InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/09/18 17:30From September 17, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$40.00
Woodcraft at Horner 128896InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$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.