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.
Humboldt Baseball

Humboldt Baseball

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

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

Descriptors: Edible

Humboldt Park - United Cooks

Humboldt Park - United Cooks

Location: 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773)805-5254

Humboldt Park Cultural Center

Humboldt Park Cultural Center

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Fieldhouse

Humboldt Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Hours: , ,

Humboldt Fishing Area

Humboldt Fishing Area

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Fitness Center

Humboldt Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Sign up for a membership ADA Accessible Equipment

Humboldt Artificial Turf

Humboldt Artificial Turf

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Formal Gardens

Formal Gardens

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

Notes: Formal Gardens

Descriptors: Ornamental

Humboldt Gymnasium

Humboldt Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Lagoon

Humboldt Lagoon

Location Notes: 1200 N. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Humboldt Park Lagoon

Humboldt Clubrooms

Humboldt Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Path

Humboldt Path

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Humboldt Playgrounds

Humboldt PlaygroundsAccessible

Location Notes: 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

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

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Canoeing at Humboldt

Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL  IL

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Paddling at Humboldt

Location: Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL  IL

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 95991InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/05/02 22:00From May 2, 2015 to July 25, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, June 15, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
$120.00
Baseball at Humboldt 95988InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2015/05/05 22:00From May 5, 2015 to July 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
$120.00
Baseball at Humboldt 95990InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/05/06 22:00From May 6, 2015 to July 17, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
$120.00
Baseball at Humboldt 95989InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/05/02 14:00From May 2, 2015 to July 18, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, June 20, 2015
$120.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball Little League at Humboldt 102619Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 14 but less than 15Coed2015/05/01 22:00From May 1, 2015 to July 24, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9:15pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 9:15pm
$122.00
Baseball Little League at Humboldt 102617Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 12 but less than 13Coed2015/05/01 22:00From May 1, 2015 to July 24, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9:15pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 9:15pm
$122.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Humboldt 131618OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/14 16:00From June 14, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Humboldt 116008InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/08/12 23:00From August 12, 2015 to September 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Boxing at Humboldt 116106InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2015/06/15 22:30From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Boxing at Humboldt 116107InstructionSports - Boxing17 and upCoed2015/06/16 00:00From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$11.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 116203CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 12Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 116204CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 7Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 116207CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 9Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 116206CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 12 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 116208CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 10 but less than 11Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 116205CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 8Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Day Camp at Humboldt 116202CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 9 but less than 10Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Early Bird Camp at Humboldt 116280CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$82.00
Extended Camp at Humboldt 116316CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$82.00
Family Swim at Humboldt 116414OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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
Late Summer Camp at Humboldt 117653CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 13:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$31.00
Late Summer Camp at Humboldt 117652CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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
$82.00
Learn to Swim at Humboldt 116813InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Humboldt 116814InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00
Open Swim at Humboldt 147277OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 14:00From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 9am to 11am
Each Monday from 9am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11am
Each Friday from 9am to 11am
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 9am to 10am
$0
Open Swim at Humboldt 147277OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 14:00From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 9am to 11am
Each Monday from 9am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11am
Each Friday from 9am to 11am
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Plus the following dates:
Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 9am to 10am
$0
Open Swim at Humboldt 117217OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 18:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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 117211OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/13 17:00From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
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 117207OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/15 21:00From June 15, 2015 to August 20, 2015
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
$0
Park Cardio Cycling at Humboldt 116121InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 22:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$16.00
Play Camp at Humboldt 117516CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/07/01 15:00From July 1, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$56.00
POST Adult Swim at Humboldt 131621OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/30 16:00From August 30, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
POST Family Swim at Humboldt 130711OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 23:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
POST Open Swim at Humboldt 130712OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 21:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 1:15pm
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Humboldt 130713OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/29 16:00From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Humboldt 117594InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/19 15:15From June 19, 2015 to July 17, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Humboldt 117593InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/07/24 15:15From July 24, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$26.00
TEAM Sports at Humboldt 117709InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to September 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Teen Camp at Humboldt 117725CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$240.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Humboldt 117745Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/07/07 21:00From July 7, 2015 to August 13, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Humboldt 117744Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2015/07/08 21:00From July 8, 2015 to August 14, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Yoga at Humboldt 117883InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Yoga/Pilates at Humboldt 117891InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/17 15:15From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$21.00
Youth Swim at Humboldt 131623OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
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 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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 131623OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
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 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
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.

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.

Tracks and Time
1 Introduction 1:46
2 Alexander von Humboldt Monument 1:28
3 Directions 0:24
4 Lagoon and Early History 3:36
5 Directions 0:30
6 Picnic Island 1:39
7 Directions 0:12
8 Jens Jensen/Footbridge 3:24
9 Directions 0:15
10 Boat House and Music Court 2:12
11 Directions 0:37
12 Prairie River 2:36
13 Directions 0:27
14 Formal Garden 2:28
15 Directions 0:20
16 Bison and Lanterns 2:16
17 Directions 0:16
18 Fritz Reuter Monument 0:58
19 Directions 0:38
20 Jensen's Homes and Stables Building 4:07
21 Directions 0:58
22 Waterfall 2:28
23 Directions 0:31
24 Solar Panel and Wind Turbine 1:28
25 Directions 0:20
26 Field House 1:24
27 Directions 0:14
28 Leif Ericson Monument 0:35
29 Directions 0:20
30 Conclusion 1:36

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
Jens Jensen's prairie river in Humboldt Park, ca. 1935 Restored prairie river, 2007
Jens Jensen's prairie river in Humboldt Park, ca. 1935 Restored prairie river, 2007
 
Men sitting on original stonework in Humboldt Park, ca. 1910 New rockwork created as part of Humboldt Park prairie restoration project, 2007
Men sitting on original stonework in Humboldt Park, ca. 1910 New rockwork created as part of Humboldt Park prairie
restoration project, 2007
 
Humboldt Park Boat House, ca. 1910 Restored Boat House, 2007
Humboldt Park Boat House, ca. 1910 Restored Boat House, 2007

 

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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.