Humboldt Park is located on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois. The name may be used to describe the area as a community or the actual 207 acre (0.8 km²) park itself. The neighborhood is bordered by Western Avenue to the east, Pulaski Avenue to the west.
The park was named for Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist.The creation of Humboldt and several other west side parks provided beauty, linked together via Chicago's historical boulevard system. The park is flanked by large graystone homes.
One of Chicago’s largest parks it contains a beach, an outdoor swimming pool, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, playgrounds and bike paths. There are vast landscape designs, walking and running paths, and a picturesque pond. The Boathouse Pavilion, is an exceptional example of the Prairie School style of architecture. It was designated a Chicago landmark in 1996.
Most of the neighborhood was annexed into the city in 1869, the year the park was laid out. The fact that this area stood just beyond the city's fire code jurisdiction as set out after the 1871 fire made inexpensively built housing possible.