Touhy-Herbert Park

  • 2106 W. Adams St.   Chicago, Illinois 60612 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours:
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Kyle Weessies (Skinner Park)
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5560

Located in the Near West Community Area, Touhy-Herbert Park totals 3.01 acres and features a small field house. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an interactive water spray feature and a playground that was renovated in 2016 as part of Mayor Emanuel's Chicago Plays! Program.

The small field house is currently closed, however, this summer, June 26, 2017 through August 18, 2017 Touhy-Herbert will offer an 8-week summer camp program.  The camp will be held at the neighboring James Jordan Boys & Girls Club & Family Center, 2102 W. Monroe St.  Registation for the camp takes place at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, beginning May 1, 2017.

History

In 1917, the Chicago City Council authorized the purchase of land at the corner of West Adams and South Hoyne Streets. By 1928, the city had acquired enough additional property to create Touhy-Herbert Park, constructing a playing field, a skating pond and an office building/shelter house. Twenty years later, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation built a fieldhouse there.

In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, which purchased additional land to expand the park to its current 8 acres. Since 1961, the park district and the Board of Education have jointly operated the park and the adjacent Herbert Elementary School.

As early as 1930, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation referred to this site as Touhy Park, a name that recognized the public service of local resident John J. Touhy (1888-1974). Touhy served as a city alderman from 1917 until 1926, when he was elected a trustee of the Sanitary District of Chicago. In 1950, he left the Sanitary District to become a Cook County Commissioner. Touhy retired from office in 1970.

In 1999, the Chicago Park District officially designated the site Touhy-Herbert Park, a name commonly used by neighbors. The new name, of course, mirrors that of the nearby school, which honors American musician, composer, and conductor Victor Herbert (1859-1924). The New York Times eulogized Herbert as "America's Leading Composer of Light Opera."

Parking/Directions

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

Touhy-Herbert Baseball/Softball Fields

Touhy-Herbert Baseball/Softball Fields

Location Notes: 2106 W. Adams St.

Fieldhouse

Fieldhouse

Touhy-Herbert Playground

Touhy-Herbert PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Winter 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Water Spray Feature

Water Spray Feature

8-Week Summer Day Camp. Registration takes place at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. The Camp will be conducted out of the James Jordan Center, 2101 W. Adams.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 2017.

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Description

Located in the Near West Community Area, Touhy-Herbert Park totals 3.01 acres and features a small field house. Outside, the park offers baseball fields, basketball courts, an interactive water spray feature and a playground that was renovated in 2016 as part of Mayor Emanuel's Chicago Plays! Program.

The small field house is currently closed, however, this summer, June 26, 2017 through August 18, 2017 Touhy-Herbert will offer an 8-week summer camp program.  The camp will be held at the neighboring James Jordan Boys & Girls Club & Family Center, 2102 W. Monroe St.  Registation for the camp takes place at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph, beginning May 1, 2017.

In 1917, the Chicago City Council authorized the purchase of land at the corner of West Adams and South Hoyne Streets. By 1928, the city had acquired enough additional property to create Touhy-Herbert Park, constructing a playing field, a skating pond and an office building/shelter house. Twenty years later, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation built a fieldhouse there.

In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, which purchased additional land to expand the park to its current 8 acres. Since 1961, the park district and the Board of Education have jointly operated the park and the adjacent Herbert Elementary School.

As early as 1930, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation referred to this site as Touhy Park, a name that recognized the public service of local resident John J. Touhy (1888-1974). Touhy served as a city alderman from 1917 until 1926, when he was elected a trustee of the Sanitary District of Chicago. In 1950, he left the Sanitary District to become a Cook County Commissioner. Touhy retired from office in 1970.

In 1999, the Chicago Park District officially designated the site Touhy-Herbert Park, a name commonly used by neighbors. The new name, of course, mirrors that of the nearby school, which honors American musician, composer, and conductor Victor Herbert (1859-1924). The New York Times eulogized Herbert as "America's Leading Composer of Light Opera."

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