Kilbourn Park

  • 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60641 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Matt Fontana
  • Park Phone: (773) 685-3351

This 12-acre beautifully maintained community gathering place is filled with activity year-round. From toddler programs to our popular Park Kids after-school program and fitness to sporting activities, as well as numerous greening programs there is something for everyone...young and old. Most programs charge a nominal fee—and pre-registration is required.

For those who enjoy a good game of soccer - check out the Nike Grind Field Turf funded by our partners through Nike’s national Reuse-A-Shoe program.This new field is an example of environmental innovation and Nike giving-back to communities. Contact the park for rental availability.

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse:

 Discover the wonderful world of nature! Spark your curiosity and explore the fun & educational offerings at the Chicago Park District’s only park with a teaching greenhouse. Kids can get their hands dirty while enjoying the 3-season Harvest Garden youth program, Garden Buddies program for toddlers, environmental-themed projects and crafts, as well as various family workshops throughout the year. Plus, each spring the greenhouse hosts its annual plant sale for community gardeners.

The first-ever public fruit tree orchard in a major metropolitan city was planted in Kilbourn Park at the Greenhouse in fall 2008. The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation generously donated 24 high-quality, mature fruit trees and helped plant with a team of volunteers a new orchard at Kilbourn Park. The fruit trees include apples, pears, plums, cherries, and paw paws. They are still getting adjusted to their new home, but we look forward to years of harvesting fruit in the park! In addition, we planted currants, goumie berries, blackberries, raspberries and several grape vines. These fruits are going to be a wonderful addition to our already abundant strawberry harvest.

The Greenhouse is always looking for volunteers—including parents with their children! Kilbourn Park is located in Chicago’s Kilbourn Park neighborhood (on the south side of Addison Street, between Cicero and Milwaukee Avenues).

OPEN GARDEN HOURS: Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 am – Noon

During open garden hours families can participate in an art activity and explore the garden while helping us create a new Nature’s Playground at Kilbourn Park.

For further information regarding the park or its programs, contact the Kilbourn Park fieldhouse at (773) 685-3351. The telephone number for information about Kilbourn’s Greenhouse and its programs is (773) 685-3359.

The fieldhouse is open 7 days a week, excluding major holidays.

History

Created by the Irving Park District, Kilbourn Park takes its name from adjoining Kilbourn Street, named in honor of a small town located near the Wisconsin Dells. The Irving Park District had formed in 1910 to create and manage parks for its tree-lined, middle-class neighborhood. Fifteen years later, the district acquired the site for Kilbourn Park and improvements began. By the late 1920s, the park's recreational features included athletic fields, a running track, horseshoe and tennis courts, an 18-hole putting green, two playgrounds, a children's wading pool, a sand box, and penned-in rabbits. Kilbourn Park also had a fieldhouse, maintenance building, and greenhouse. A unique feature, the greenhouse was used to display tropical plants and to propagate outdoor plants for use throughout the entire Irving Park District.

Clarence Hatzfeld designed all three of the buildings in Kilbourn Park. Having been trained in the office of Chicago architect Julius Huber, Hatzfeld became known for numerous north- and northwest-side park fieldhouses, commercial buildings, and residences. During the Depression, he worked for the Chicago Park District, which formed in 1934 through the consolidation of the city's 22 independent park agencies. Hatzfeld went on to serve as Recreation Technician for the Federal Works Administration in Washington, D.C.

In the late 1930s, the Chicago Park District planted a large perennial garden in Kilbourn Park. Although the original garden was not maintained, a renewed interest in gardening at Kilbourn Park has sparked a volunteer program in the greenhouse and a new perennial garden outside. Additionally, the park district has been able to provide increased recreational programming since the Kilbourn Park fieldhouse underwent a major expansion in 1991.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Kilbourn Baseball

Kilbourn Baseball

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave

Kilbourn Basketball

Kilbourn Basketball

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Kilbourn Community and Childrens Garden

Kilbourn Community and Childrens Garden

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave

Notes: Community and Childrens Garden

Kilbourn Park - Emma Fruitas

Kilbourn Park - Emma Fruitas

Location: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773)999-0336

Kilbourn Greenhouse

Kilbourn Greenhouse

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Notes: Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse

Kilbourn Fieldhouse

Kilbourn Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Hours: , , , ,

Kilbourn Football/Soccer

Kilbourn Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Kilbourn Turf Field

Kilbourn Turf Field

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Notes: Junior Field

Kilbourn Gymnasium

Kilbourn Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Kilbourn Auditorium & Clubrooms

Kilbourn Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Kilbourn Playground

Kilbourn Playground

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Kilbourn Running Track

Kilbourn Running Track

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Kilbourn Tennis Courts

Kilbourn Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave.

Winter Programs

Click on the Winter tab below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 28, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Kilbourn 111633Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$455.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Kilbourn 95864InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Kilbourn 95911InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 18:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Kilbourn 95912InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$15.00
Baseball at Kilbourn 114261InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Basketball (Special Recreation) at Independence 113293InstructionSports - Basketball10 and upCoed2015/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball League at Kilbourn 96159Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$55.00
Basketball League at Kilbourn 96157Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$55.00
Basketball League at Kilbourn 96160Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 10pm
$200.00
Bitty Basketball at Kilbourn 96158InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2015 to March 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$55.00
Dodgeball at Kilbourn 114260InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Kilbourn 96519InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$20.00
Fun and Games at Kilbourn 113288InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$10.00
Fun with Food at Kilbourn 113289InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 19:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$15.00
Garden Buddies at Kilbourn 96661InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 18:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$20.00
Garden Buddies at Kilbourn 96662InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least but less than 4Coed2015/01/09 16:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$20.00
Gymnastics at Kilbourn 113285InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Gymnastics at Kilbourn 113284InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Harvest Garden at Kilbourn 113291InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$15.00
Harvest Garden at Kilbourn 113292InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$15.00
Karate Partnership at Kilbourn 96838PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 23:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
$120.00
Karate Partnership at Kilbourn 96841PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2015/01/07 23:45From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
$120.00
Kiddie College at Kilbourn 96904InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 12:15pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:15pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:15pm
Each Friday from 10am to 12:15pm
$125.00
Martial Arts at Kilbourn 96839InstructionSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/08 23:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Kilbourn 113399InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$10.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Kilbourn 114259InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 5Coed2015/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$15.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Kilbourn 97466InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$140.00
Quilting at Kilbourn 97569InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles55 and upCoed2015/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$0
Seasonal Sports at Kilbourn 98148InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:15From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$10.00
Team Gymnastics at Kilbourn 98005InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 17Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Kilbourn 113286InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 18:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$10.00
Yoga at Kilbourn 98382InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$20.00
Young Scientist at Kilbourn 98419InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 19:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Kilbourn 121862Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/05/15 23:30From May 15, 2015 to July 17, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$102.00
Art & ABCs at Kilbourn 102461InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$16.00
Arts & Crafts at Kilbourn 102506InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 17:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$16.00
Arts & Crafts at Kilbourn 102507InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 21:15From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$16.00
Baseball at Kilbourn 130159InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$11.00
Baseball at Kilbourn 130160InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/03/30 23:45From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Kilbourn 130167OpenSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Male2015/04/03 23:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball - Teen League at Kilbourn 130164Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball at Kilbourn 130165InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/04/02 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Basketball League at Kilbourn 102756Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 4pm
$204.00
Conditioning at Kilbourn 102855InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 00:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$21.00
Dodgeball at Kilbourn 102943InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Fun with Food at Kilbourn 103122InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 18:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$16.00
Garden Buddies at Kilbourn 103134InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 17:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$21.00
Garden Buddies at Kilbourn 130163InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$21.00
Garden Buddies at Kilbourn 103135InstructionOutdoor & Environment - GardeningAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 15:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$21.00
Gymnastics at Kilbourn 130162InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Gymnastics at Kilbourn 130168InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/04/02 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Karate Partnership at Kilbourn 103258PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense3 and upCoed2015/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$120.00
Kiddie College at Kilbourn 103319InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 10am to 12:30pm
$128.00
Kiddie College at Kilbourn 130161InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm
$51.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Kilbourn 121861InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Kilbourn 121857InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 14:15From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$31.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Kilbourn 130166InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$16.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Kilbourn 103784InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$143.00
Quilting at Kilbourn 103881InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles55 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Quilting at Kilbourn 103882InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2015/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Soccer at Kilbourn 121859InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Team Gymnastics at Kilbourn 104355InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 17Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$16.00
Teen Leadership Club at Kilbourn 104417InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 19, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$31.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Kilbourn 104501InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 17:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$16.00
Volleyball League at Kilbourn 130158Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 14 but less than 17Coed2015/03/31 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$6.00
Yoga/Pilates at Kilbourn 104756InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$21.00

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This 12-acre beautifully maintained community gathering place is filled with activity year-round. From toddler programs to our popular Park Kids after-school program and fitness to sporting activities, as well as numerous greening programs there is something for everyone...young and old. Most programs charge a nominal fee—and pre-registration is required.

For those who enjoy a good game of soccer - check out the Nike Grind Field Turf funded by our partners through Nike’s national Reuse-A-Shoe program.This new field is an example of environmental innovation and Nike giving-back to communities. Contact the park for rental availability.

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse:

 Discover the wonderful world of nature! Spark your curiosity and explore the fun & educational offerings at the Chicago Park District’s only park with a teaching greenhouse. Kids can get their hands dirty while enjoying the 3-season Harvest Garden youth program, Garden Buddies program for toddlers, environmental-themed projects and crafts, as well as various family workshops throughout the year. Plus, each spring the greenhouse hosts its annual plant sale for community gardeners.

The first-ever public fruit tree orchard in a major metropolitan city was planted in Kilbourn Park at the Greenhouse in fall 2008. The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation generously donated 24 high-quality, mature fruit trees and helped plant with a team of volunteers a new orchard at Kilbourn Park. The fruit trees include apples, pears, plums, cherries, and paw paws. They are still getting adjusted to their new home, but we look forward to years of harvesting fruit in the park! In addition, we planted currants, goumie berries, blackberries, raspberries and several grape vines. These fruits are going to be a wonderful addition to our already abundant strawberry harvest.

The Greenhouse is always looking for volunteers—including parents with their children! Kilbourn Park is located in Chicago’s Kilbourn Park neighborhood (on the south side of Addison Street, between Cicero and Milwaukee Avenues).

OPEN GARDEN HOURS: Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 am – Noon

During open garden hours families can participate in an art activity and explore the garden while helping us create a new Nature’s Playground at Kilbourn Park.

For further information regarding the park or its programs, contact the Kilbourn Park fieldhouse at (773) 685-3351. The telephone number for information about Kilbourn’s Greenhouse and its programs is (773) 685-3359.

The fieldhouse is open 7 days a week, excluding major holidays.

Created by the Irving Park District, Kilbourn Park takes its name from adjoining Kilbourn Street, named in honor of a small town located near the Wisconsin Dells. The Irving Park District had formed in 1910 to create and manage parks for its tree-lined, middle-class neighborhood. Fifteen years later, the district acquired the site for Kilbourn Park and improvements began. By the late 1920s, the park's recreational features included athletic fields, a running track, horseshoe and tennis courts, an 18-hole putting green, two playgrounds, a children's wading pool, a sand box, and penned-in rabbits. Kilbourn Park also had a fieldhouse, maintenance building, and greenhouse. A unique feature, the greenhouse was used to display tropical plants and to propagate outdoor plants for use throughout the entire Irving Park District.

Clarence Hatzfeld designed all three of the buildings in Kilbourn Park. Having been trained in the office of Chicago architect Julius Huber, Hatzfeld became known for numerous north- and northwest-side park fieldhouses, commercial buildings, and residences. During the Depression, he worked for the Chicago Park District, which formed in 1934 through the consolidation of the city's 22 independent park agencies. Hatzfeld went on to serve as Recreation Technician for the Federal Works Administration in Washington, D.C.

In the late 1930s, the Chicago Park District planted a large perennial garden in Kilbourn Park. Although the original garden was not maintained, a renewed interest in gardening at Kilbourn Park has sparked a volunteer program in the greenhouse and a new perennial garden outside. Additionally, the park district has been able to provide increased recreational programming since the Kilbourn Park fieldhouse underwent a major expansion in 1991.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.