Humboldt Park

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

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

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 are often the site of competitive sports tournaments.  

Park-goers can play baseball, soccer or tennis at the facility.  On the cultural side, the Park is host to the Latin Jazz Festival, 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, and include 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 beauty, linked together via 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

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

Notice Valid From: 8/5/2015 - 8/1/2016

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

Featured in Statue Stories Chicago

Notice Valid From: 8/5/2015 - 8/1/2016

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 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 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

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  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, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Baseball at Humboldt 133846InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2016/05/02 22:00From May 2, 2016 to July 23, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$122.00
Baseball at Humboldt 133849InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/05/03 22:00From May 3, 2016 to July 21, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm
$122.00
Baseball at Humboldt 133847InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/05/07 18:00From May 7, 2016 to July 16, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$122.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Humboldt 154337OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Humboldt 154413InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/07/06 23:00From July 6, 2016 to August 31, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Day Camp at Humboldt 154624CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 7Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 154625CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 8Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 154626CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 9Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 154627CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 9 but less than 10Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 154628CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 10 but less than 11Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 154629CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 12Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 154630CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 12 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Early Bird Camp at Humboldt 154709CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$84.00
Extended Camp at Humboldt 154746CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$84.00
Family Swim at Humboldt 154769OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Junior Lifeguards at Humboldt Beach Cancelled156944CampsAquatics - SpecializedAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$230.00
Late Summer Camp at Humboldt 154938CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 13:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$32.00
Late Summer Camp at Humboldt 154937CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$84.00
Late Summer Camp at Humboldt 159491CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 21:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$32.00
Learn to Swim at Humboldt 155023InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 17:15From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Humboldt 155123OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/21 18:30From June 21, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Open Swim at Humboldt 155122OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/21 17:00From June 21, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Open Swim at Humboldt 155121OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Park Cardio Cycling at Humboldt 155177InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 22:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$17.00
Play Camp at Humboldt 155223CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$57.00
TEAM Sports at Humboldt 155669InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Teen Camp at Humboldt 155685CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$245.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Humboldt 183832Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/12 21:00From July 12, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Humboldt 183833Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/07/13 21:00From July 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Humboldt 155022InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Yoga at Humboldt 155853InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Youth Swim at Humboldt 155888OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Youth Swim at Humboldt 155888OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0

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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 features a field house with fitness center, two gymnasiums, meeting rooms and an inland beach.  Additional green features of our facility include:  an artificial turf soccer field, junior soccer field, lagoon, a replica of the Chicago Cubs stadium, “Little Cubs Field,” and a stable building, now the Puerto Rican Arts and Culture Museum and baseball fields, tennis courts and playgrounds.

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 are often the site of competitive sports tournaments.  

Park-goers can play baseball, soccer or tennis at the facility.  On the cultural side, the Park is host to the Latin Jazz Festival, 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, and include 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 beauty, linked together via 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.