Humboldt Park

  • 1400 N. Sacramento Ave   Chicago, Illinois 60622 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Jesus Perez
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7549
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Located in the heart of the Humboldt Park Community, Humboldt Park totals 219 acres and is home to a large, historic field house with a fitness center, two gymnasiums and meeting rooms, as well as an inland beach and the historic lagoons and boat house. 

Recreational facilities at the park include an artificial turf soccer field, a junior soccer field, baseball fields, tennis courts and a replica of the Chicago Cubs stadium known as “Little Cubs Field." The park is home to several playgrounds that were recently renovated as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program.

With the support of the community, Puerto Rican leaders in Chicago began leasing the historic Humboldt Park stables near Paseo Boricua. This landmark location now houses The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. It is the only museum in the nation that is completely dedicated to the history of Puerto Rican arts and culture.

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

Park-goers come to Humboldt to enjoy baseball, soccer and tennis, as well as fishing by the lagoon. 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, including Shakespeare in the Park, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks special events.

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, though his single visit to the United States did not include Chicago. The creation of Humboldt and several other Westside parks is a key part of Chicago's history that provided beautiful green space and linked together the city's historic boulevard system.

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 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

Hours: , ,

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.

Notes: Renovated Spring 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

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.

Notes: Renovated Spring 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

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.

News

Events

NOV
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Boxing Show at Humboldt

Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL  60622

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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 Saturday, August 12, 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
Art & ABCs at Humboldt 202216InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 17:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 at Humboldt 221369InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$15.00
Basketball - Open at Humboldt 221370OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 19:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball at Humboldt 202409InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00
Basketball Skills at Humboldt 221371InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 00:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Humboldt 221372InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$5.00
Bitty Basketball at Humboldt 221377InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 19:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$5.00
Boxing at Humboldt 225564InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Boxing at Humboldt 225565InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Ceramics at Humboldt 202783InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
$33.00
Ceramics at Humboldt 204780InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Humboldt 202726InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2017/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$20.00
Dance - Latin - Salsa Partnership at Humboldt 202711InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$39.00
Dino Diggers at Humboldt 202733InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 19:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Drawing & Painting at Humboldt 204716InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Flag Football at Humboldt 221373InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 22:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Humboldt 221378InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Floor Hockey at Humboldt 221380InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2017/09/13 22:30From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Inner City Flag Football at Humboldt 221381InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2017/09/11 21:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
Kickball at Humboldt 221382InstructionSports - KickballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Kiddie College at Humboldt 203226InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to November 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
$65.00
Little Artists at Humboldt 204214InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 16:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Low Impact Aerobics Partnership at Humboldt 203422PartnershipGroupWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 2017
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 203429InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Park Cardio Cycling at Humboldt 203606InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$23.00
Park Kids - Fall at Humboldt 203621InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to December 15, 2017
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
$76.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Humboldt 203645Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/05 20:00From September 5, 2017 to June 15, 2018$228.00
Seasonal Sports at Humboldt 221374InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:45From September 11, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Humboldt 203885InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/12 22:45From September 12, 2017 to November 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Humboldt 221384InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$5.00
Soccer at Humboldt 221383InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 19:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$5.00
Table Tennis at Humboldt 221385InstructionSports - Table TennisAt least 7 but less than 11Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Teen Club at Humboldt 221376OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to December 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tennis Lessons: Level 3 at Humboldt 221375InstructionSports - TennisAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tennis at Humboldt 221386InstructionSports - TennisAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 19:00From September 11, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$5.00
Trash to Treasure at Humboldt 204444InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Yoga at Humboldt 204733InstructionWellness - Yoga16 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$23.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Humboldt 210285InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 2018
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Humboldt 216099InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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

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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

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Description

Located in the heart of the Humboldt Park Community, Humboldt Park totals 219 acres and is home to a large, historic field house with a fitness center, two gymnasiums and meeting rooms, as well as an inland beach and the historic lagoons and boat house. 

Recreational facilities at the park include an artificial turf soccer field, a junior soccer field, baseball fields, tennis courts and a replica of the Chicago Cubs stadium known as “Little Cubs Field." The park is home to several playgrounds that were recently renovated as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program.

With the support of the community, Puerto Rican leaders in Chicago began leasing the historic Humboldt Park stables near Paseo Boricua. This landmark location now houses The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. It is the only museum in the nation that is completely dedicated to the history of Puerto Rican arts and culture.

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

Park-goers come to Humboldt to enjoy baseball, soccer and tennis, as well as fishing by the lagoon. 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, including Shakespeare in the Park, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks special events.

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, though his single visit to the United States did not include Chicago. The creation of Humboldt and several other Westside parks is a key part of Chicago's history that provided beautiful green space and linked together the city's historic boulevard system.

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.