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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 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
16" Softball League at Horner 117911Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/05/04 23:15From May 4, 2015 to August 10, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 8:30pm
$250.00
16" Softball League at Horner 117910Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/05/06 23:15From May 6, 2015 to August 12, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 8:30pm
$250.00
Art Camp at Horner 118033CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2015 to July 10, 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
$92.00
Art Camp at Horner 118034CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/07/13 15:00From July 13, 2015 to July 17, 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
$92.00
Band - Jazz at Horner 118064InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/06/30 00:30From June 29, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$0
Basketball League Partnership at Horner 118162PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2015/06/09 22:00From June 9, 2015 to July 23, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm
$0
Camp Sign for Deaf & Hard of Hearing at Horner 118246CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 17:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$265.00
Day Camp at Horner 118393CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$340.00
Extended Camp at Horner 118596CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 20:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$120.00
Guitar at Horner 119071InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/06/29 23:00From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:30pm
$31.00
Guitar at Horner 119073InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/29 23:30From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7pm
$31.00
Guitar at Horner 119070InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/06/26 23:00From June 26, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:30pm
$31.00
Guitar at Horner 119072InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/06/26 23:30From June 26, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7pm
$31.00
Leadership Camp at Horner 119477CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$158.00
Lil' Campers (Special Rec) at Horner 119689CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 13, 2015
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
Mosaics at Horner 119736InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2015/06/29 23:00From June 29, 2015 to July 27, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
$61.00
Music Camp at Horner 119742CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 14, 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
$96.00
Painting Open Studio at Horner 119767OpenCulture 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
Piano at Horner 120810InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 22:00From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$31.00
Piano at Horner 120808InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/06/29 22:30From June 29, 2015 to August 3, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6pm
$31.00
Piano at Horner 120809InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/06/26 22:00From June 26, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$31.00
Piano at Horner 120807InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/07/03 22:30From July 3, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6pm
$31.00
Play Camp at Horner 133437CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/30 15:00From June 30, 2015 to July 16, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$110.00
Play Camp at Horner 120844CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/07/21 15:00From July 21, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$110.00
Sculpture Camp at Horner 120967CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 16Coed2015/07/27 15:00From July 27, 2015 to July 31, 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
$92.00
Woodcraft Camp at Horner 121499CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/07/06 18:30From July 6, 2015 to July 10, 2015
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
$31.00
Woodcraft Camp at Horner 121501CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/08/03 18:30From August 3, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$31.00
Woodcraft Camp at Horner 121500CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/07/20 18:30From July 20, 2015 to July 24, 2015
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
$31.00
Woodcraft Open Studio at Horner 121503OpenCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2015/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2015 to August 11, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
$41.00
Woodcraft Open Studio at Horner 121502OpenCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2015/06/17 16:00From June 17, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$0

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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.