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Crafting Your Experience

Welcome to Humboldt Park

The Humboldt Park neighborhood takes its name from a stately green space designed by pioneering engineer-architect William Le Baron Jenney, and further refined by famed landscape designer Jens Jensen. The 207-acre park is named for Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist who, incidentally, never visited Chicago. Studded with large, fanciful buildings in the Prairie, Queen Anne and Tudor styles, the park is surrounded by bungalows, classic two- and three-flat greystones, single-family homes and terra cotta-tiled commercial buildings lining West North Avenue. Humboldt Park saw an influx of Latinx residents from World War II through the 1960s and the area remains largely Dominican, Mexican and Puerto Rican to this day, despite waves of gentrification from new residents moving westward from Bucktown and Wicker Park. Home for a time to notable writers including Nelson Algren, Saul Bellow and Studs Terkel, the neighborhood today is enlivened by the work of multiple arts and cultural organizations including the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture and UrbanTheater Company. Two large steel Puerto Rican flags, at opposite ends of a stretch of West Division Street known as Paseo Boricua, celebrated their 25th anniversaries in 2020.

Trails and Experiences in Humboldt Park

Enjoy self-guided tours, creative interpretations and other experiences, available only on the OHC 2020 app.

Explore Like a Local

Make time to visit these businesses, green spaces, works of public art and more in Humboldt Park.

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