Humboldt Park

  • 1400 N. Sacramento Ave   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jesus Perez
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7549

Humboldt Beach is open through September 30.

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Located in the heart of the Humboldt Park Community, Humboldt Park totals 219 acres and features a field house with a fitness center, two gymnasiums, meeting rooms and an inland beach.  Additional features at the facility include an artificial turf soccer field, a junior soccer field, baseball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, the historic lagoon and boat house, a replica of the Chicago Cubs stadium known as “Little Cubs Field,” and the historic stable building, now home of the Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Museum.

Many of these spaces are available for rental.  The grand ballroom in the field house is often the site of wedding receptions and graduation parties. The outdoor soccer fields and Little Cubs Field frequently host competitive sports tournaments.  

Park-goers can play baseball, soccer or tennis at the facility. On the cultural side, Humboldt Park is host to the Latin Jazz Festival and the Puerto Rican Festival. The park is also the site of a wind turbine filtration system for the lagoons. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.  Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, including baseball camp.

In addition to programs, Humboldt Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family.

The park was named for Alexander Von Humboldt, a German naturalist and geographer famed for his five-volume work Cosmos: Draft of a Physical Description of the World. His single visit to the United States did not include Chicago. The creation of Humboldt and several other Westside parks provided beautiful green space, linked together by Chicago's historic boulevard system.

With the support of the community, Puerto Rican leaders in Chicago leased the historic Humboldt Park stables near Paseo Boricua that house the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. It is the only museum in the nation that is completely dedicated to the history of Puerto Rican culture.

Parking/Directions

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

History

In 1869, shortly after the creation of the West Park System, neighborhood residents requested that the northernmost park be named in honor of Baron Freidrich Heinrich Alexander Von Humboldt (1759-1859), the famous German scientist and explorer. Two years later, completed plans for the entire ensemble of Humboldt, Garfield, and Douglas parks and connecting boulevards were completed by William Le Baron Jenney, who is best known today as the father of the skyscraper. Having studied engineering in Paris during the construction of that city's grand park and boulevard system in the 1850s, Jenney was influenced by French design. The construction of Humboldt Park was slow, however, and the original plan was followed only for the park's northeastern section. Jens Jensen, a Danish immigrant who had begun as a laborer, worked his way up to Superintendent of Humboldt Park in the mid-1890s. Unfortunately, the West Park System was entrenched in political graft at the time. The commissioners fired Jensen in 1900 because of his efforts to fight the corruption. Five years later, during major political reforms, new commissioners appointed him General Superintendent and Chief Landscape Architect. Deteriorating and unfinished areas of Humboldt Park allowed Jensen to experiment with his evolving Prairie style. For instance, Jensen extended the park's existing lagoon into a long meandering "prairie river." Inspired by the natural rivers he saw on trips to the countryside, Jensen designed hidden water sources that supplied two rocky brooks that fed the waterway. Nearby he created a circular rose garden and an adjacent naturalistic perennial garden. Jensen designated an area diagonally across from the rose garden as a a music court for dances, concerts and other special events. He commissioned Prairie School architects Schmidt, Garden, and Martin to design an impressive boat house and refectory building which still stands at one end of the historic music court. In 1928, the West Park Commission contructed a fieldhouse in Humboldt Park. The structure was designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, who were also responsible for other notable buildings including the Garfield Park Gold Dome Building, the Douglas and LaFolette Park Fieldhouses, and the On Leong Chinese Merchant's Association Building in Chinatown. In 1934, Humboldt Park became part of the Chicago Park District, when the city's 22 independent park commissions merged into a single citywide agency.
Fritz Reuter Monument

Fritz Reuter Monument (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Humboldt Drive, north of W. Division Street

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Home

Home (1)

Location Notes: North of W. Division Street and west of N. California Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Interpreting Nature

Interpreting Nature (1)

Location Notes: Various locations near lagoon and lily pool

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Leif Erikson Monument

Leif Erikson Monument (1)

Location Notes: West of N. Humboldt Drive and north of field house driveway

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Waiting

Waiting (1)

Location Notes: Humboldt Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

World’s Fair Bison

World’s Fair Bison (1)

Location Notes: East entrance to formal garden, west of N. Humboldt Drive and north of W. Division Street

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Humboldt Baseball

Humboldt Baseball

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Humboldt Basketball

Humboldt Basketball

Location Notes: 1000 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Beach

Humboldt Beach

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Beach is open through September 30, from 11am - 7pm daily.

Notice Valid From: 9/7/2016 - 9/30/2016

Humboldt Birding Area

Humboldt Birding Area

Location Notes: 1440 N. Sacremento Ave.

Humboldt Boxing Gym

Humboldt Boxing Gym

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento

Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Humboldt Park - Café Alejo

Humboldt Park - Café Alejo

Location: 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.

Location Notes: Humboldt Boat House

Hours: ,

Phone: (773) 243-9511

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Humboldt Park - United Cooks

Humboldt Park - United Cooks

Location: 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773) 805-5254

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Humboldt Park Cultural Center

Humboldt Park Cultural Center

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Fieldhouse

Humboldt Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1440 N. Humboldt Blvd..

Hours: ,

Humboldt Fishing Area

Humboldt Fishing Area

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Fitness Center

Humboldt Fitness CenterAccessible

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Humboldt Artificial Turf

Humboldt Artificial Turf

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Formal Gardens

Formal Gardens

Location Notes: corner of Humboldt Blvd. and Division St.

Notes: Formal Gardens

Humboldt Gymnasium

Humboldt Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Lagoon

Humboldt Lagoon

Location Notes: 1200 N. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Humboldt Park Lagoon Playground Renovated Fall 2015, part of the Chicago Plays renovation program!

Humboldt Clubrooms

Humboldt Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Path

Humboldt Path

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Playground -E

Humboldt Playground -EAccessible

Location: 1300 N. California Ave.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Humboldt Playground -NE

Humboldt Playground -NEAccessible

Location: 2800 W. Le Moyne Dr.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Humboldt Playground -W

Humboldt Playground -WAccessible

Location: 1230 N. Kedzie Ave.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Humboldt Playground-N

Humboldt Playground-NAccessible

Location: 2925 W. North Ave.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Humboldt Playgrounds -S

Humboldt Playgrounds -SAccessible

Location: 3025 W. Augusta Blvd.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Humboldt Park Pool

Humboldt Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 958 N. Sacramento Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (312)746-5281

Descriptors: Outdoor, Water Slide, ADA Lift

Humboldt Tennis

Humboldt Tennis

Location Notes: 1350 N. California Ave.

Humboldt Wellness Center

Humboldt Wellness Center

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave

Humboldt Wetlands

Humboldt Wetlands

Location Notes: 1200 N. Sacramento Ave.

Events

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. 

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
Art & ABCs at Humboldt 162108InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$27.00
Basketball at Humboldt 162310InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
$7.00
Dance - Latin - Salsa Partnership at Humboldt 162626InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$37.00
Dance - Tap at Humboldt 162639InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$32.00
Dino Diggers at Humboldt 162646InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 19:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$27.00
Drawing & Painting at Humboldt 162693InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$31.00
Fun with Food at Humboldt 162932InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Guitar - Group Arts Partner at Humboldt 186686PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/10/05 23:30From October 5, 2016 to May 31, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$150.00
Kiddie College at Humboldt 163154InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/27 15:00From September 27, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$87.00
Latin Music Project Arts Partner at Humboldt Cancelled163227PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 22Coed2016/10/05 23:30From October 5, 2016 to June 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Low Impact Aerobics Partnership at Humboldt 185467PartnershipGroupWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Mighty Fit Kids at Humboldt 163369InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$10.00
Mom, Pop & Tot Yoga at Humboldt 163400InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 14:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10am
$14.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Humboldt 163570InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$17.00
Park Kids - Fall at Humboldt 163583InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6:30pm
$72.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Humboldt 163606Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$216.00
Seasonal Sports at Humboldt 163915InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$7.00
Seasonal Sports at Humboldt 163916InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$7.00
Storytime & Crafts at Humboldt 164238InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
$27.00
Strength & Conditioning at Humboldt 164243InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 16:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:15am to Noon
$17.00
Studio Arts Program Arts Partner at Humboldt 164249PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 13 but less than 20Coed2016/10/04 21:30From October 4, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$0
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Humboldt 164465InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 19:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$27.00
Violin - Group Arts Partner at Humboldt Cancelled164598PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 29, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Violin - Group Arts Partner at Humboldt 186687PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/10/06 23:30From October 6, 2016 to June 1, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$150.00
World Art at Humboldt 164702InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$27.00
Yoga at Humboldt 164717InstructionWellness - Yoga16 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Yoga/Pilates at Humboldt 164748InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/29 15:00From September 29, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Young Scientist at Humboldt 164760InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$27.00

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Photos & Videos

Audio Tour

The Chicago Park District presents a free self-guided audio tour of Humboldt Park. You can either download the tour to an MP3 player, burn a CD, or listen to it online. The tour includes a map with stopping points that correspond with the audio tracks. If you visit each place and listen to the tracks, your walking tour will take approximately 1 hour.

Explore Humboldt Park -- look at its lovely features -- and learn about the architects, artists and landscape designers who created it -- most notably Jens Jensen, a Danish immigrant who created a distinctly Midwestern expression called the Prairie style of landscape architecture. Julia Bachrach, Chicago Park District historian will lead you on the tour. She is joined by Bruce Johnson, grandson of Jens Jensen, who shares inspiring quotes and writings by his illustrious ancestor.

View/Print Map of Humboldt Park

A printable map comes in a PDF format. You can follow the track sequence or tailor the tour to suit your own interests and time frame.

Download All Tracks (37MB Zip file)

The audio tour includes quotes by Jens Jensen from the following sources:

  • Jens Jensen, as told to Ragna B. Eskil, Natural Parks and Gardens, The Saturday Evening Post, March 8, 1930.
  • Jens Jensen. Siftings. Chicago: R. F. Seymour, 1939, republished Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990.
  • Jens Jensen. A Greater West Park System, West Chicago Park Commissioners, 1920.
  • Wilhelm Miller. The Prairie Spirit in Landscape Gardening. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois College of Agriculture, 1915.

"I have always thought that if the city cannot come to the country, than the country must come to the city."

Jens Jensen, Siftings, 1939

Reviews

Description

Located in the heart of the Humboldt Park Community, Humboldt Park totals 219 acres and features a field house with a fitness center, two gymnasiums, meeting rooms and an inland beach.  Additional features at the facility include an artificial turf soccer field, a junior soccer field, baseball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, the historic lagoon and boat house, a replica of the Chicago Cubs stadium known as “Little Cubs Field,” and the historic stable building, now home of the Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Museum.

Many of these spaces are available for rental.  The grand ballroom in the field house is often the site of wedding receptions and graduation parties. The outdoor soccer fields and Little Cubs Field frequently host competitive sports tournaments.  

Park-goers can play baseball, soccer or tennis at the facility. On the cultural side, Humboldt Park is host to the Latin Jazz Festival and the Puerto Rican Festival. The park is also the site of a wind turbine filtration system for the lagoons. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.  Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, including baseball camp.

In addition to programs, Humboldt Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family.

The park was named for Alexander Von Humboldt, a German naturalist and geographer famed for his five-volume work Cosmos: Draft of a Physical Description of the World. His single visit to the United States did not include Chicago. The creation of Humboldt and several other Westside parks provided beautiful green space, linked together by Chicago's historic boulevard system.

With the support of the community, Puerto Rican leaders in Chicago leased the historic Humboldt Park stables near Paseo Boricua that house the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. It is the only museum in the nation that is completely dedicated to the history of Puerto Rican culture.

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

In 1869, shortly after the creation of the West Park System, neighborhood residents requested that the northernmost park be named in honor of Baron Freidrich Heinrich Alexander Von Humboldt (1759-1859), the famous German scientist and explorer. Two years later, completed plans for the entire ensemble of Humboldt, Garfield, and Douglas parks and connecting boulevards were completed by William Le Baron Jenney, who is best known today as the father of the skyscraper. Having studied engineering in Paris during the construction of that city's grand park and boulevard system in the 1850s, Jenney was influenced by French design. The construction of Humboldt Park was slow, however, and the original plan was followed only for the park's northeastern section. Jens Jensen, a Danish immigrant who had begun as a laborer, worked his way up to Superintendent of Humboldt Park in the mid-1890s. Unfortunately, the West Park System was entrenched in political graft at the time. The commissioners fired Jensen in 1900 because of his efforts to fight the corruption. Five years later, during major political reforms, new commissioners appointed him General Superintendent and Chief Landscape Architect. Deteriorating and unfinished areas of Humboldt Park allowed Jensen to experiment with his evolving Prairie style. For instance, Jensen extended the park's existing lagoon into a long meandering "prairie river." Inspired by the natural rivers he saw on trips to the countryside, Jensen designed hidden water sources that supplied two rocky brooks that fed the waterway. Nearby he created a circular rose garden and an adjacent naturalistic perennial garden. Jensen designated an area diagonally across from the rose garden as a a music court for dances, concerts and other special events. He commissioned Prairie School architects Schmidt, Garden, and Martin to design an impressive boat house and refectory building which still stands at one end of the historic music court. In 1928, the West Park Commission contructed a fieldhouse in Humboldt Park. The structure was designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, who were also responsible for other notable buildings including the Garfield Park Gold Dome Building, the Douglas and LaFolette Park Fieldhouses, and the On Leong Chinese Merchant's Association Building in Chinatown. In 1934, Humboldt Park became part of the Chicago Park District, when the city's 22 independent park commissions merged into a single citywide agency.