Humboldt Park Lagoon & Boathouse

Humboldt Park Boathouse 1301 N Humboldt Dr

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Humboldt Park Lagoon & Boathouse

Address: 1301 N. Humboldt Dr. // Architects: William Le Baron Jenney and Jens Jensen; Richard E. Schmidt (boathouse, 1907)
Click the speaker icon for audio commentary by Julia S. Bachrach, head of Julia Bachrach Consulting and former Chicago Park District historian and planning supervisor.

The Humboldt Park Lagoon flows over much of this 207-acre park’s interior, linking naturalistic spaces with formal gardens, picnic grounds and ball fields. First established by William Le Baron Jenney in the 1860s as a contained lake for fishing and pleasure boating, more than a generation later renowned landscape designer and West Park Superintendent Jens Jensen introduced his "prairie river" concept, building meandering waterways and island formations ringed by foot paths and fostering native plantings.

The lagoon and paths have recently been cleared of invasive species and restored in faithfulness to Jensen's vision. The monumental Boathouse Pavilion and Field House structures feature prominently along the lagoon as gracious places for respite, exercise and social gathering.

Learn more about the legacy of Jens Jensen in the parks

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