Tilton Park

  • 305 N. Kostner Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60624 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Cherry Bullock
  • Park Phone: (773) 287-0806

Located in the West Garfield Park community, Tilton Park includes a fieldhouse, clubroom, playground, grass field, and outdoor basketball courts.

History

After 1900, the West Garfield Park community became a magnet for upwardly-mobile first- and second-generation immigrants, primarily Irish, but also, increasingly, of Russian-Jewish descent. West Garfield Park's population topped 40,000 in 1920. To serve the needs of the growing community, the City of Chicago established a new park on Board of Education-owned property along North Kostner Avenue in 1926. By 1928, the site had playground equipment and plantings, and a small, tile-roofed recreational building, which sat at the back of the site. The structure faced a gravel-surfaced playing field that could be flooded for ice skating in winter. The Chicago Park District began leasing the park from the Board of Education in 1959, gaining full ownership in 1991. Several years before, in 1987, the park district had thoroughly rehabilitated the park with new plantings, playground equipment, a jogging path, and resurfaced basketball courts. The park honors George W. Tilton (1830-1890), for whom a nearby school is also named. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Tilton came to west Aurora, Illinois in 1858 to work for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. He eventually moved on to Chicago and the Northwestern Railroad, rising through the ranks to become superintendent of the motive power and machine repair division of the entire Northwestern line. In that position, he designed a locomotive that bears his name. Ironically, Tilton died as the result of a train accident in 1890.

Parking/Directions

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

Tilton Basketball

Tilton Basketball

Location Notes: 305 N. Kostner Ave.

Tilton Park Community Garden

Tilton Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 305 N.Kostner Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Tilton Fieldhouse

Tilton Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 305 N. Kostner Ave.

Hours: ,

Tilton Clubroom

Tilton Clubroom

Location Notes: 305 N. Kostner Ave.

Tilton Playground

Tilton PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 305 N. Kostner Ave.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 8, 2014.

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
Basketball - Open at Tilton 97716OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 24Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Drop-in at Tilton 96433InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Fun and Games at Tilton 96637InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Fun and Games at Tilton 113123InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 18 but less than 24Coed2015/01/07 20:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Tilton 97714InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Tilton 97715InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Tilton 97782OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 2pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 2pm
$0
Teen Club at Tilton 98067OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$2.00

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Located in the West Garfield Park community, Tilton Park includes a fieldhouse, clubroom, playground, grass field, and outdoor basketball courts.

After 1900, the West Garfield Park community became a magnet for upwardly-mobile first- and second-generation immigrants, primarily Irish, but also, increasingly, of Russian-Jewish descent. West Garfield Park's population topped 40,000 in 1920. To serve the needs of the growing community, the City of Chicago established a new park on Board of Education-owned property along North Kostner Avenue in 1926. By 1928, the site had playground equipment and plantings, and a small, tile-roofed recreational building, which sat at the back of the site. The structure faced a gravel-surfaced playing field that could be flooded for ice skating in winter. The Chicago Park District began leasing the park from the Board of Education in 1959, gaining full ownership in 1991. Several years before, in 1987, the park district had thoroughly rehabilitated the park with new plantings, playground equipment, a jogging path, and resurfaced basketball courts. The park honors George W. Tilton (1830-1890), for whom a nearby school is also named. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Tilton came to west Aurora, Illinois in 1858 to work for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. He eventually moved on to Chicago and the Northwestern Railroad, rising through the ranks to become superintendent of the motive power and machine repair division of the entire Northwestern line. In that position, he designed a locomotive that bears his name. Ironically, Tilton died as the result of a train accident in 1890.

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