Tilton Park

  • 230 N. Kolmar   Chicago, Illinois 60624 [View Map]
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  • 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.  Program offerings for Tilton take palce at Camelot School, 230 N. Kolmar.   At the school, the park has 3 clubrooms, and a gymnasium for activities. 

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

Camelot School Fieldhouse

Camelot School Fieldhouse

Location: 205 N. Kolmar

Hours: , ,

Camelot School Gymnasium

Camelot School Gymnasium

Location: 205 N. Kolmar

Camelot School Clubroom

Camelot School Clubroom

Location: 205 N. Kolmar

Tilton Playground

Tilton PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 2017.

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 193913OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/06/17 19:00From June 17, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Day Camp at Tilton 194125CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$132.00
Early Bird Camp at Tilton 201468CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$20.00
Leadership Camp at Tilton 200135CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Tilton 194709InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/06/17 16:00From June 17, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Tilton 194710InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/06/17 18:00From June 17, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Teen Camp at Tilton 194872CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$128.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Tilton 194903Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/07/06 21:00From July 6, 2017 to August 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Tilton 194904Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2017/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0

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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.  Program offerings for Tilton take palce at Camelot School, 230 N. Kolmar.   At the school, the park has 3 clubrooms, and a gymnasium for activities. 

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.