Humboldt Park

April 25, 2011 at 9:10 PM | Posted in Chicago, Geography, Running, Sports | Leave a comment
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The once famous Humboldt

Humboldt Park in Chicago, built in the late 1860’s, was named after Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander Von Humboldt (1759-1859), the German scientist and explorer, who never visited Chicago. I learned this interesting, if not invigorating fact after running a 5K race this past weekend in honor of Earth Day. I had only barely heard of this park which seems a smaller, but not small Central Park.

When we first moved to Chicago 24 years ago we went everywhere and knew more about the area than many of the natives. This is by no means unusual. But as the years have gone by, other than usual haunts like the Art Institute and Orchestra Hall and restaurants, we’ve pulled in our intrepid horns.

The race woke me up. Why the dull suburban runs when I can choose parks with old statues and real neighborhoods? Why not just venture forth?

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