Tilton Park

  • 230 N. Kolmar   Chicago, Illinois 60624 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Cherry Bullock
  • Park Phone: (773) 287-0806
Programs for Tilton Park take place at Camelot School, 230 N. Kolmar

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

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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

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 2016.

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 Tilton 185193Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:30From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$45.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Tilton 169462OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 24Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Fun and Games at Tilton 170029InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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
Park Kids - Winter at Tilton 185191InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
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
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Tilton 170910InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Tilton 170911InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Tilton 170964OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$0
Teen Club at Tilton 171290OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$5.00

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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.  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.