Why we love it
There are so many things to love about Humboldt Park, from its rich Puerto Rican roots, to its historic namesake park, to the pops of color from the neighborhood’s unique street art.
You’ll know you’re in Humboldt Park when you pass under one of the monumental Puerto Rican flags that serve as gateways into the neighborhood. The metal sculptures are a not-so-subtle hint at the community’s proud heritage, which you can experience at the annual Puerto Rican Parade. The June event draws more than a million people a year, making it one of the highest attended Latino celebrations in the country. Or check out Fiesta Boricua in August, an annual block party that honors the community’s Puerto Rican identity.
Throughout the year, you can visit the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, which celebrate Puerto Rico’s rich arts tradition with three galleries, performance spaces, arts classrooms, and more. The museum is housed in the landmark Humboldt Park stables, where visitors enter through a dramatic brick archway into the charming courtyard.
That’s just one of the many picturesque spots in the park. Wander around the tranquil lagoon and stop by the historic boat house where you can snap photos, grab a bite to eat, and watch ducks idly paddle by.
Mixed in with the neighborhood’s Puerto Rican pride is a thriving community of artists and young professionals. That means the streets here are filled with one-of-a-kind street art projects, bustling coffee shops, wine bars, casual Puerto Rican joints, and more.
Explore like a local
Paddle through the lagoon on a giant swan paddle boat at Humboldt Park Boathouse. Browse the custom, handmade string instruments at Specimen Products. Swing by La Palma Puerto Rican Restaurant for a jibarito, a plantain-based dish that was invented in Chicago.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter