Get to Know Humboldt Park
Due west of Chicago’s Loop is Humboldt Park. This is a Chicago neighborhood that is benefiting tremendously from the gentrification of the areas near the city’s center. People who are tired of the soaring prices of city real estate are taking up residence in its much more affordable homes and buildings.
What to do in Humboldt Park
Not far from the hipper neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square, Humboldt Park has many eclectic and multi-cultural shops and restaurants on its own. It’s also home to the California Clipper, an out of the ordinary nightclub that is a throwback to Chicago’s prohibition years.
The area is built around the magnificent Humboldt Park which features vast landscape designs, walking and running paths, and a picturesque pond. Overseeing the pond is the Humboldt Park Boathouse Pavilion, an exceptional example of the Prairie School style of architecture. It was designated a Chicago landmark in 1996.
One of Chicago’s largest; the park features 207 acres with a beach, an outdoor swimming pool, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, playgrounds and bike paths. It also has an assembly area, ice skating in winter, 10 picnic areas and a fieldhouse with two gyms.
Humboldt Park’s Distinctive Housing
Humboldt Park officially became part of Chicago in 1869, and is filled with older frame and bricks houses, flats, courtyard buildings and somewhat newer brick bungalows.