Humboldt Park Beach is Chicago's only inland beach, located on the historic Humboldt Park lagoon. 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.
Limited street parking
The following public bus & train routes serve this beach:
Bathrooms are located in the Humboldt Park field house.
Please follow the rules while you’re at the beach:
- Swim only when lifeguards are on duty.
- Follow lifeguards’ instructions.
- Only Coast Guard approved flotation devices are permitted.
- No smoking.
- No alcohol.
- No dogs on the beach.
- Do not feed birds or wildlife.
- Dispose of trash and recycling in appropriate containers.
- Grill in designated areas only and dispose of coals in red barrels.
- Keep accessible beach walks clear. No bicycling, skateboarding or rollerblading is permitted in these areas.
Humboldt 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.