Tilton Park

  • 305 N. Kostner Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60624 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Cherry Bullock
  • 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

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Tilton Basketball

Tilton Basketball

Location: 305 N. Kostner Ave.

Tilton Park Community Garden

Tilton Park Community Garden

Location: 305 N.Kostner Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Tilton Fieldhouse

Tilton Fieldhouse

Location: 305 N. Kostner Ave.

Tilton Clubroom

Tilton Clubroom

Location: 305 N. Kostner Ave.

Tilton Playground

Tilton PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 305 N. Kostner Ave.

Fall Programs

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Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 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
Drop-in at Tilton 89931InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
Free
Fun and Games at Tilton 90137InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Tilton 91269InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 19 but less than 25CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Tilton 91085InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 8pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Tilton 91086InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Tilton 91122OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Free
Teen Club at Tilton 91440OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$2.00

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Description

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

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Basketball Court - Outdoor 305 N. Kostner Ave. 2
Community Gardens 305 N.Kostner Ave. Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Fieldhouse 305 N. Kostner Ave. 0
Meeting/Event Space 305 N. Kostner Ave. 1
Playgrounds 305 N. Kostner Ave. 0
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.