After brunch at my favorite spot, Treat, I decided to bike through Humboldt Park, a 207 acre park just 5 miles from downtown.
The park was named for Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist. William Le Baron Jenney began developing the park in the 1870s, molding a flat prairie landscape into a "pleasure ground" with horse trails and a pair of lagoons. The park opened to the public in 1877, but landscape architects such as Jens Jensen made significant additions to the park over the next few decades. Between 1905 and 1920, Jensen connected the two lagoons with a river, planted a rose garden, and built a fieldhouse, boathouse, and music pavilion.
The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The boathouse pavilion was named a Chicago Landmark in 1996.
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