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.