Von Humboldt

Humboldt Park Chicago

Humboldt Park/Von Humboldt
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This recreation park was named after Von Humboldt due to the large German community living in the area.

If you look closely you'll notice the physical elements surrounding the Von Humboldt statue, which include a globe, a twig, a lizard atop a manuscript, and plants at his feet. Humboldt was quite a famous naturalist, and often used his celebrity to promote science.

Even Charles Darwin said that Humboldt had been his early inspiration.


The West Park Commissioners were mainly of German heritage. They printed housing ads in German to entice settlement to the area.

This park was founded in 1869, not long after 6 million Germans immigrated to Chicago during one 30 year period. They came to be known as "48-ers."

The Chicago Fire occurred in 1871, which created jobs, and Chicago itself was already a travel and transportation hub. After German settlement soared, Humboldt Park became the heart of their new home.

Cover photo credit Steven Kevil via Wikimedia Commons.

Humboldt Park

Von Humboldt

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